Switchel, also known as Haymaker’s Punch, is an old drink gaining renewed popularity. Originally from the Caribbean, Switchel was popular in Colonial America in the early eighteenth century, and was consumed up until the early twentieth century. Evidently, workers would take the drink to farmers especially during hay-harvesting time because of its ability to quench thirst quickly.
It is commonly made by combining water, apple cider vinegar, and ginger with a type of sweetener such as maple syrup, molasses, or honey. It was always thought of as a healthy drink. There are many health benefits of apple cider vinegar , and ginger. Bragg is my favorite brand of vinegar because it contains the mother enzyme.
I recently tried Cide Road Organic Switchel. It is made with water, cane syrup, ginger, that is good for digestion, apple cider vinegar that stabilizes blood sugar and the body’s alkalinity, and Vermont maple syrup. It comes in original, cherry, and blueberry flavors.
The original is tangy and slightly sweet. You can taste a cider flavor, but it is not overpowering like vinegar water. It goes down easily and taste good. It sort of warms the belly. It is made with organic ginger juice (3%), and organic ginger puree. It has only seventy calories, but it has 18 grams of carbs and 17 grams of sugar.
This one is my favorite. It has a good cherry flavor and does not taste as sweet as the others. It is more tart which I like. It contains eight percent juice; cherry juice from concentrate, and according to the bottle, “Vegetable Juice for Color, Natural Cherry Flavor With Other Natural Flavors.” I feel like that is misleading, but the other ingredients are USDA organic certified. It has the same amount of sugar and calories as the original and 19 grams of carbs.
The blueberry is very fruity, and, I think, makes a great summertime drink. It is light but, also sweet. It is refreshing. It contains fourteen percent juice and has the same listed ingredients as the cherry flavored switchel except in blueberry flavor. It contains the same amount of carbs, sugars, and calories as well.
Keep in mind that there are two servings per bottle.
What I like about Cide Road Organic Switchel is that all three flavors taste very good. They contain ingredients that have amazing health benefits, and, at least most of them are organic. What I do not like is the amount of sugar in each serving. Seventeen to nineteen grams of sugar is a tremendous amount. It is more than most soda pop or beer! Of course, some of the sugar content comes from the syrup and fruit juice, but it is still a lot.
If I was to judge this drink by taste alone, I would give it five stars. However, because I try to live as healthy as possible, I cannot, in good conscience, do that because of the sugar content. I would drink this more as a treat instead of a thirst-quenching, every-day drink. I am going to give Cide Road Organic Switchel three stars.