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Haymaker's Punch

Summer is in full swing and a day in the sun can leave you depleted.

A concoction of herbal steeped apple cider vinegar combined with honey, lemon, salt and water just might do the trick to cool and replenish after a hot day!

Elderflower is the star in this blend. It is a diaphoretic which means it brings blood to the surface of the body to induce sweating and release heat. Herbalist Jim McDonald likens it to opening the window in a hot room.

Rose and Lemon Balm add additional cooling properties while Nettle provides vitamins and minerals.

Haymaker's Punch is a hundreds of year old recipe that farmers of yesteryear drank after a day of making hay. Today it is more popularly known as Switchel. If fruit is involved, it is a Shrub.


Steeped Vinegar

8 oz apple cider vinegar such as @bragg

4 tbsp elderflowers

2 tbsp rose petals

1 tbsp lemon balm

1 tbsp nettle

Steep for 2-4 weeks.


Haymaker's Punch

2 tbsp steeped apple cider vinegar

2 tbsp honey

pinch salt

1/4-1/2 tsp ginger, grated

2 tsp lemon

16 oz water

Mix all ingredients in a canning jar.

Add lid and shake shake shake.

Refresh and enjoy.


*For days you really need to rehydrate, make a cold infusion with Marshmallow root and use it in place of water.

*For an especially sweaty day, replace the water with coconut water.

*To make a cocktail, spike it with gin or vodka

*A great source for purchasing dried herbs is @mountainroseherbs


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