How to Make Ginger Switchel

This recipe can serve about 3 people undiluted or many more if you mix it with sparkling water. Feel free to double or even triple the recipe. Keep it in a lidded container in your refrigerator to sip on all week. Switchel will keep safely in the fridge for at least a week.

  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Steep time: Up to 4 days
  • Yield: 3 cups


  • 2- to 3-inch piece fresh ginger
  • 2 1/4 cups water
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons honey
  • Sparkling or still water to finish

Special equipment:

  • Quart-sized glass canning jar, or other similarly sized container


1 Prep the ginger: Use the side of a spoon to scrape the skin off the ginger. Cut the ginger into slices. You should have about 1/4 cup of sliced ginger.

Ginger switchel recipe prep the ginger

2 Infuse the ginger: In a medium saucepan. bring the ginger and 2 1/4 cups water to a boil. Remove from the heat. Let sit for 10 minutes.

For a gentler, less-spicy switchel, don't boil the water; combine the water and ginger in a jar and let them infuse gently on the counter for a few hours.

Switchel recipe with ginger steep the ginger

3 Combine the ingredients: In a quart-sized glass canning jar or other lidded glass container, combine the honey and vinegar. Add the ginger and water. Cover with a lid and shake to combine the ingredients.

4 Refrigerate: Cover the jar and transfer to the fridge. Drink once cold or let the ginger infuse for up to 4 days, at which point you can strain out the ginger. The longer the ginger infuses, the stronger the flavor will become. The prepared switchel will keep for seven days in the refrigerator.

5 Serve: Pour the switchel into a glass filled with ice. Drink it straight (which will be more concentrated and spicy), or top with still or sparkling water to dilute and soften the flavor. Stir and enjoy.

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  • BigGuy

    Vinegar and honey heated to hard ball stage, with a small amount of baking soda dissolved in water at the end, is a way to make home made taffy.

  • Linda

    This recipe is amazingly easy to make and so refreshing! Thank you for the little historical story behind the drink, too. We are enjoying it with sparkling water and lots of ice. I love that we can control the amount of the ginger switchel concentrate to add to our drinks. I often find popular sodas way too sweet but this is PERFECT!


    • Summer

      Hi, Linda! I’m so glad you and your family like switchel. Thanks for letting me know!