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Sunday, July 17, 2016


Water just isn't enough for me when I'm working outside this time of year.  Here in the Ohio River Valley temperatures in the summertime are in the 90's and the high humidity levels create heat indexes over a hundred degrees Fahrenheit on many days.  So I guiltily gulp down energy drinks to replenish my rapid loss of fluids and electrolytes.

Enter Switchel or Haymaker's Punch.  I came across this recipe from The Old Farmer's Almanac and decided to give it a try.  I only had a 1/2 cup of molasses so I substituted a cup of pure raw local honey to go with it.

For the ginger, I grated a tablespoon and then crushed it on a saucer with a heavy spoon (a mortar and pestle would work well here).  I poured about a third to a half of the gallon of water into a pot and added everything so that I could stir it until it was well blended.  No need to cook!  Just mix and pour.  

Using a measuring cup I dipped and poured the mixture through a small strainer to catch the courser pieces of ginger and chunks of wax from the honey jar.  I recommend a funnel for this part of the process.  You don't have to strain the ginger because it will settle to the bottom and a little bit makes it through the strainer, anyway.  This is just my personal preference.

Into the fridge to chill but not without first making up an iced Mason jar with lemon and lime.  My first sip and - Oh My Goodness - it is delicious! Flavorful and refreshing and clean to taste.  And the best part - it is truly thirst quenching.  Now to put it to the test.

Shed to be demolished and replaced with covered potting shed and workbench
I tackled a dismal corner next to my house; weeding, raking and general clean up to prepare for the projects planned for this area.  Not a huge project but the sun was beating down on me and pulling weeds is never easy.  I toiled and sweated, sipping away at regular intervals.

Ready for new path and gravel on landscape fabric
Project complete, I have to say that I was able to maintain my energy level and I feel good! Drinking water alone drains me, making it difficult to finish projects and wipes me out in the end.  Drinking energy drinks helps me maintain my strength to finish but now, at least with Haymaker's Punch, I can feel better about what is going into my body.  How can it get any better than honey, ginger, and apple cider vinegar!

Everything tastes better in a Mason jar!
I hope that you enjoyed this article as much as I enjoyed sharing it with you.  Until next time, have fun in the sun!

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