Spicy Lemon Ginger Switchel is a refreshing, tangy, and slightly spicy beverage that’s great for hydration and rejuvenation. Often referred to as “haymaker’s punch,” this traditional drink is made with apple cider vinegar, ginger, and lemon, and is known for its health benefits.


  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup honey or maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons fresh ginger, grated
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (adjust to taste)
  • 4 cups water
  • Ice cubes (for serving)
  • Lemon slices and mint leaves (for garnish)


  1. In a pitcher or large jar, combine the apple cider vinegar and honey or maple syrup. Stir well until the honey or syrup is fully dissolved.
  2. Add the grated ginger, lemon juice, and cayenne pepper to the mixture. Stir to combine.
  3. Pour the water into the mixture and stir well. Taste and adjust the sweetness or spiciness as desired.
  4. Cover the pitcher or jar and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight. This allows the flavors to infuse and the ginger to mellow.
  5. Before serving, strain the switchel to remove the ginger pulp (optional).
  6. Serve the switchel over ice cubes in glasses. Garnish with lemon slices and mint leaves.
  7. The Spicy Lemon Ginger Switchel can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

  • Calories: 50-60 (varies depending on the sweetener used)
  • Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 14g
  • Protein: 0g

Prep and Cooking Time

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Infusion Time: 2 hours to overnight


  • Serves: 4-5

Spicy Lemon Ginger Switchel is a perfect drink for hot summer days, post-workout refreshment, or as a daily health tonic. Its combination of zesty lemon, spicy ginger, and tangy apple cider vinegar creates a uniquely flavorful and invigorating beverage.

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