Rye Whiskey Switchel

Any New Englander worth their maple syrup bucket knows about Switchel.  This sweet and sour drink had a humble start quenching the thirst of 19th century field workers and today is offered among the hipster crowds from Connecticut to Maine.  A simple mix of maple syrup (also made with honey, sorghum, molasses) cider vinegar and ginger, this mouth-watering elixir is not only refreshing but touts benefits in aiding digestion, caffine-free energy and as a source of anti-oxidants.  Today’s clever cocktail takes this sweet-tart, mouthwatering drink and fortifies it with Rye whiskey for a flavor bomb of a cocktail that we simple dub, the Rye Whiskey Switchel.

Rye-Whiskey Switchel

In a large old-fashioned glass filled with cracked ice add:

  • 2 Ounces Well-Bred Rye Whiskey (We use Sazarac)
  • 2 Ounces Switchel

Stir to combine. Splash with club soda (optional). Garnish with an orange slice.

Switchel Recipe

In a 1 quart Mason jar with lid add:

  • 1 Tablespoon Fresh Grated Ginger
  • 3 Tablespoons Maple Syrup
  • 3/4 Cup Hot Water (not boiling only hot enough to thin the syrup)
  • 3 Tablespoons Raw Apple Cider Vinegar (Bragg’s or any brand with live Mother)

Stir ingredients until combined. Add 3 cup cold water. Cover with lid and shake like crazy. Loosen lid and allow to sit at room temperature for 24 hours. Strain into sterile glass bottles and refrigerate. Will keep for 7-10 days.