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Switchel: The Haymaker’s Punch

Haymaker's punch
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Many guests this summer have been perplexed to find a new activity on the schedule called Drink Like a Farmer: Come make a refreshing switchel. What does drinking like a farmer even mean? And what is switchel? 

The history of switchel dates back to the 1700s when farmers would drink “nature’s Gatorade” after a long day working in the fields. Switchel, also known as Haymaker’s Punch, would not only keep farmers cool and hydrated while out in the hayfields, it was also good for their gut health. Switchel is made with apple cider vinegar, fresh ginger, maple syrup, and then cut with water. There are so many benefits to drinking this now popular concoction. The ginger helps with inflammation, and maple syrup and apple cider vinegar provide potassium rich electrolytes. Maple syrup also provides a natural sweetener unlike the sugar rich Gatorade one might drink after a hard workout. Apple cider vinegar is known to be full of healing nutrients, including potassium, magnesium and probiotics.

So when you see Drink Like a Farmer on the schedule this summer, let us show you why this should be your new favorite summer drink. You’ll come away from this activity with a switchel in hand to enjoy by the pool. Just make sure to clink your glasses together for the farmers that made this drink happen in the hot hayfields of New England! 


Submitted by Jen Hart


  1. Sam Johnson 1975-76 EHS employee on July 24, 2022 at 7:10 pm

    My grandfather was one of the last horse farmers as opposed to tractor farmers. I wrote a theme paper about his life when I was in seventh grade. As a young girl, one of my mothers chores was to bring the jug of switches to the hayfield, late 1920’s early 1930’s

    • Jennifer on July 24, 2022 at 8:43 pm

      That is so cool, I love the story of your mother. Thanks for sharing.

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