Switchel The Original Sports Drink

Enjoy this drink before, during or after a workout for something more flavorful than water but without any artificial colors or flavors. It’s a clever combination of simple ingredients. Maple syrup contains magnesium and potassium, which can help prevent cramps. Apple cider vinegar can quell nausea and indigestion. Ginger can also helps with nausea.

Note: Use raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar here, so you get the minerals and other good stuff.

Switchel The drink is refreshing, mildly sweet and tangy. When made with fruit juices, it tastes surprisingly like the convenience store sports drinks. Refrigerate it overnight to allow the flavors to mellow and mingle. This recipe makes an entire pitcher; it’ll keep for a few days in the fridge.

Makes: about 4 1/4 cups (1 L)

Time: 5 minutes to prep, plus resting overnight

Ingredients for servings

    Switchel The Original Sports Drink

  • 4 cup water

  • 2 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

  • 2 tablespoon maple syrup

  • 1 inch (2.5 cm) piece ginger minced

  • 0.25 teaspoon sea salt or to taste


  • Shake all the ingredients together, refrigerate overnight, strain and drink.

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