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Cool Drinks for Hot Summer Days

Drinking vinegar for its myriad health benefits goes back to ancient Greece, no wait, even further, to 5000 BCE when Babylonians were using date palms to make vinegar.  Warriors throughout history have used vinegar mixed with water for strength and energy. Vinegar drinks and vinegar tonics infused with herbs, roots, flowers, you name it, have been around for many centuries.  In New England farmers have been making a drink called ‘switchel’ to keep them hydrated and ward off heat stroke during the long, hot summer days:

“They drank a quenching beverage that functioned much like modern Gatorade: switchel, also called switzel or haymaker’s punch. It contained water, a sweetener—either molasses, maple syrup, honey or brown sugar—ginger, and cider vinegar. All the ingredients (except water) happen to be sources of potassium—an electrolyte. Molasses is especially high in potassium.” Read the rest of this article HERE!

Apple Cider Vinegar is an incredibly medicinal food since it contains several different beneficial acids plus beta-carotene, amino acid, bone building minerals, enzymes, magnesium, potassium, pectin and tannins.  No wonder humans have been using this super food since we figured out how to preserve apples in the form of vinegar!

Here are my three favorite vinegar drinks, aka, switchels, to help keep you cool and healthy this summer:

Dana’s Pomegranate Switchel

Ingredients to make one cup of Switchel concentrate:

  • ¼ cup of Fire Cider
  • 3 Tablespoons fresh ginger juice
  • 3 Tablespoons pomegranate molasses
  • 1 Tablespoon raw honey

Shake well to combine all ingredients.

Serve about 2-4 ounces of concentrate over ice, top with soda water to make a pint.

Store leftover Switchel mix in the refrigerator.

Citrus Switchel

Makes 2 servings-

  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar or Fire Cider
  • juice from 1/2 a grapefruit
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons, or more to taste, raw, local wildflower honey
  • Soda water or plain water
  • 2 lime wedges

Combine the first 3 ingredients and makes sure to dissolve al the honey.  Fill two pint glasses with ice and split the switchel mix between the glasses.  Top with soda water and garnish with a lime wedge.

Dr. Earl Mindell’s Switchel– from his book ‘Amazing Apple Cider Vinegar‘ which is also where I got some of the information for this blog post.  Makes 2 servings-

2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar or Fire Cider

1 1/2 tablespoons black strap molasses

2 cups warmed water (to melt the molasses)

Combine and pour over ice.

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Fire Soder!

Or,  call it Fire Pop!  I think it depends on what part of the country you’re from.  Lately, it’s been so cold, you know, the Polar Vortex?  I think that’s a terrible misspelling of Global Warming!  Anyway, the extreme weather has us drinking a lot of Fire Soder! to stay hydrated and Fire Tea to stay warm.  Thanks Chef James for naming this recipe,  we can’t wait to see you behind the butcher counter at Berkshire Organics!

Soda water and a repel wolves dose of Fire Cider....

Soda water and a repel wolves dose of Fire Cider for Amy….

All you need…

1 pint of soda water

1 teaspoon to a full shot of Fire Cider, you know how much you need!

Combine and Drink up!

...Fire Soder!

…Fire Soder! kinda looks like orange soder.  The similarities end there.

You can make the same drink, only hot, using 2 mugs, 16 oz of boiling water and as much Fire Cider as you like for an immune boosting eye opener to share with whomever is coughing and sniffling near you, you’re welcome!  They will probably thank you.  Perhaps add a heaping teaspoon of fresh grated ginger root or ginger tea, now you’re on to something.  To your health!

The Gimlet, Fire Cider Style

Did you know that Gin was originally considered a cure-all?  Well now it is passing the torch to Fire Cider.  Pun definitely intended.  We love our friend Ben McHenry’s take on this classic cocktail.  During the summer time, any day can feel like a Sunday, have a sip on one of these the next time you need to bring the weekend to you!

The more Fire Cider you add, the more colorful (spicy, flavorful) your drink will be!

A more colorful, flavorful gimlet.

Ingredients:
  • 1 1/2 shot gin
  • 1/2 shot fire cider
  • big splash tonic
  • juice of half a lime
  • 1 tsp sugar
Add everything to a pint glass and shake well to mix, strain over ice into a rocks glass with fresh ice.
Alternatively, add a some fresh Thai basil or tarragon, before you shake things up.  Sub the tonic for soda water if adding herbs.
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"Here's to Feeling Good, All the Time"

“Here’s to Feeling Good, All the Time”

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Extra Tangy Lemonade

“When I add a spoon of honey to my tea, I give thanks to a dozen bees for the work of their whole lives.  When my finger sweeps the final drop of sweetness from the jar, I know we’ve enjoyed the nectar from over a million flowers.  This is what honey is: the souls of flowers, a food to please the gods.  Honeyeaters know that to have a joyful heart one must live life like the bees, sipping the sweet nectar from each moment as it blooms.  And Life, like the world of Honey, has its enchantments and stings…”

– Ingrid Goff-Maidoff  ‘The Honey Sutras”

Lemonade is better sweetened with honey and spiced up with Fire Cider!

Lemonade is better sweetened with honey and spiced up with Fire Cider!

Extra Tangy Lemonade

Recipe by Amy-  for more of Amy’s recipes check out her blog TheCandidaDiaries.wordpress.com

This recipe requires fresh squeezed lemon juice from at least one lemon. For a pint sized drink I like to use 3-4 whole lemons- we regularly have a lot of left over lemons from making a batch of Fire Cider.  So, naturally, we make Fire Cider Lemonade!

Mix the lemon juice in a pint glass with a splash of Fire Cider and raw honey to taste, top with soda water or spring water and stay cool (and hydrated) this summer.

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