Make this home-made switchel recipe with cider vinegar and pure maple syrup. It’s so easy to make (it only takes one minute.) I have been slugging quarts of it after a workout or gardening.

Simple Home-Made Switchel Recipe by Katie Webster, Vermont Food Blogger, and Author of Maple (Quirk Books, 2015)

I am so out of touch with my sense of thirst. I’ve read somewhere that this is actually common in adults. What’s up with that? I just totally ignore that I am thirsty. I don’t even notice it, and then all of a sudden I realize that I am dehydrated. I vow to drink water. But honestly, it can seem like a chore. And unappealing.


I’m probably chronically dehydrated. Most of the time I try to make up for it by sipping herbal tea in the evening. But a) that’s no fun in the summer and b) I don’t really think that puts a dent in it and c) then I have to get up and pee in the middle of the night.


I was reminded how important staying hydrated is when I was at CPR training earlier this year. Being dehydrated (even mildly) causes so many problems including fatigue, irritability and headaches. And severe dehydration is a medical emergency!


This habit of not drinking enough water during the day needs to change.


Enter home-made switchel.

Simple Home-Made Switchel Recipe by Katie Webster, Vermont Food Blogger, and Author of Maple (Quirk Books, 2015)

Switchel is an old fashioned drink made from water and cider vinegar. It’s been around for hundreds of years. It’s like the original Gatorade farmers used to mix up when they were out in the hot fields all day. It has a long tradition here in Vermont, where it’s usually sweetened with pure maple syrup.

Cider vinegar has so many great things going for it and I always have it handy for salad dressing or to splash into a recipe.

I of course have been using maple syrup to sweeten the recipe I’ve been making this summer. [It also can be sweetened with honey or molasses.] Unlike refined sugars, maple syrup is a lower glycemic sugar so it won’t cause the same spikes in blood sugar.


This switchel is also more diluted than some of the versions I’ve seen. I only use 2 teaspoons each of the vinegar and maple for each quart. So it is really quite palatable. Unlike the switchel I shared in my cookbook, this one doesn’t have any ginger. This being the case it only takes about 1 minute to make. So now I have officially zero reason to be dehydrated this summer. Cheers!

Simple Home-Made Switchel Recipe by Katie Webster, Vermont Food Blogger, and Author of Maple (Quirk Books, 2015)

how to make home made switchel in one minute

  • Prep Time: 1 minute
  • Total Time: 1 minute
  • Yield: 4 cups


One minute recipe for simple home-made switchel, a drink made from cider vinegar and maple syrup.



  1. Place ice in a quart jar. Add maple syrup, cider vinegar and salt. Add water and stir. Enjoy cold.


  • Calories: 8
  • Sugar: 2 g
  • Sodium: 37 mg
  • Fat: 0 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 2 g
  • Fiber: 0 g
  • Protein: 0 g


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