Ginger Switchel

A patient of mine, Karen, brought me this great recipe for Ginger Switchel!

Switchel originated in the Caribbean and has been a popular summer drink for 300 years. Farmers call it “Haymaker’s Punch” as it’s popular at harvest time. I like that it contains ginger, apple cider vinegar , and lemon which all provide a powerful detox punch. We’ve used stevia instead of traditional honey (or brown sugar) to keep it Maximized. Enjoy!

IngredientsGinger Switchel

  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 12 drops of Sweet Leaf Stevia
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger or 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 lemon


  1. Combine all ingredients in a jar or a glass. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours and up to a day.
  2. Shake or stir before serving. Taste and adjust Stevia amount, if desired. If using fresh ginger, strain through a fine sieve or cheesecloth. Pour over ice or mix with soda water, if desired. Makes 1-2 drinks.


Dr. B.J. Hardick

About Dr. B.J. Hardick

Raised in a holistic family, Dr. B.J. Hardick is an organic food fanatic, green living aficionado, and has spent the majority of his life working in natural health care. In 2009, he wrote his first book, Maximized Living Nutrition Plans, which has now been used professionally in over 500 health clinics. Dr. Hardick regularly blogs healthy recipes and holistic health articles on his own website,, and speaks to numerous professional and public audiences every year. In his spare time, he invests his keen interest in sustainable living into urban development in his hometown of London, Ontario. Learn More