It’s our favorite time of the year.
The sun’s out. The air is warm. And there’s plenty of work to be done.
You may not be tossing hay into the barn loft like we did this weekend, but if you’re living right… you’re breaking a sweat.
That means you need a good, cold drink.
The old-timers knew what they were doing. They created what could be considered the ultimate health drink… long before such things were a fad.
This fascinating drink cuts inflammation, quenches your thirst, restores muscle and offers an energy boost that rivals a cup of coffee’s.
These days, though, few folks have ever heard of it.
Instead, modern store shelves are filled with dangerous energy drinks pumped with chemicals, additives and artificial colors. While they represent great marketing efforts, these drinks are hardly something healthy to put into our bodies.
For that, we turn to a centuries-old drink – a drink with a short, all-natural list of ingredients that’s bound to leave you feeling better and more energized.
We call it haymaker punch, but it goes by several other names, like switchel and switzel.
DRINK THIS… FEEL BETTER
As far as we can tell, variations of the drink have been around nearly as long as humans have known of the benefits of fermenting. But the version below came to North America through the West Indies sometime in the 1600s. Once American hardworking farmers discovered the rejuvenating effects of the beverage, it became an instant hit.
The ingredient list for haymaker punch is simple. We made some Sunday, and everything needed was already in our cupboards.
- Honey or molasses
- Apple cider vinegar
To the uninitiated, it sounds like a bad joke. But mix the ingredients in the right proportions, and the sweet and tangy flavor will instantly change your mind.
Even so, Manward rewards function over form. While haymaker punch is pleasant on the palate, it’s what it does for our bodies that gets the nod from us.
THE RIGHT STUFF
The addition of ginger is what sets the drink apart from a millennia-old drink known as posca (the drink many say gave the Roman army its enemy-crushing energy).
The root was quite expensive and uncommon in 17th-century Europe, but as settlers moved through the Caribbean, where ginger is easily grown, prices dropped and its popularity soared.
It was quickly added to posca’s simple ingredient list… and haymaker punch was born.
Ginger has immense value as an ingredient in our tonic.
It fights inflammation. It offers painkilling properties that rival over-the-counter medicines. It boosts immunity. And, finally, anybody who’s ever been seasick knows just a bit of ginger can quickly calm an upset stomach.
… And that’s just one ingredient.
Apple cider vinegar is another miracle liquid that plays a vital role in haymaker punch.
It is nature’s great equalizer.
Just a tablespoon or two of apple cider vinegar each day helps to balance the acidity of your stomach – reducing acid reflux and other painful issues. It helps maintain healthy cholesterol levels. It balances your blood sugar, boosts energy levels… and its high levels of potassium cut leg cramps.
And let’s not forget our favorite ingredient… honey.
As we’ve explained before, the health effects of honey are off the chart:
- It contains vitamins B1, B2, B6, C, D and E, plus calcium, iron, potassium and magnesium.
- It fights the “bad” bacteria in your gut and promotes “good” bacteria.
- Raw honey helps boost your immune system by removing free radicals from your body.
- It has antibacterial properties (rub some on your next cut).
- Phytonutrients found in honey have been shown to help prevent certain types of cancer.
- Raw, local honey is thought to fight allergies.
With health-boosting properties like these, it’s no surprise to see haymaker punch starting to gain some popularity again. I saw it recently at a local market.
But you don’t need to buy this ultra-healthy tonic – especially an expensive version at a farmers market.
You can make it at home in just a few minutes… for just a few pennies.
Here’s the recipe.
- 2 quarts of water
- 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar
- 3/4 cup of honey
- 1/2 tablespoon of ground ginger
Try a glass each day, and watch as your body starts to reward you for feeding it a good, healthy drink.
It’s time to bring back a classic.
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