Haymaker’s Punch is a refreshing summer drink made with apple cider vinegar. I also call this ‘nature’s gatorade’ because it’s an awesome sports drink replacement. Enjoy this on those days you feel especially hot or dehydrated and I hope it gives you a nice pick-me-up. 🙂
This is similar to switchel and dates back to the 1800s. This drink was created to quench people’s thirst and refresh them after hard labor in the hot sun, back when they had to harvest whole fields of hay manually. My family grew hay on our farm in Kentucky for years and it was hard work, even with modern-day farm equipment. I can imagine this drink was a welcome reprieve. 🌾
There are a few variations you can make on the basic recipe, check out the video above for my two favorites! You can add fresh grated ginger or ginger juice. I also love to add fresh herbs to my Haymaker’s Punch, like mint leaves. Mint is growing in abundance in my garden right now!
What’s your favorite way to cool off in the summer? Have you tried this old fashioned drink recipe?
- 1/2 lemon, juiced
- 2 tsp raw apple cider vinegar
- 2 tsp maple syrup
- ice & water
- Add the lemon juice, apple cider vinegar and maple syrup to a drinking glass and swirl to combine.
- Add 4-5 ice cubes and swirl again to distribute the concentrate.
- Top with 16 oz of water or more to taste. You can add grated ginger or mint leaves and stir them in here too. Serve & enjoy!
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