FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

You’ve got questions, we’ve got answers.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

You’ve got questions, we’ve got answers.

WHAT THE HECK IS SWITCHEL?

Switchel is a wellness elixir from the late 17th-century! Colonial sailors and farmers drank switchel whenever they needed to boost their energy and quench their thirst. It’s made with four base ingredients: water, ginger, apple cider vinegar and an unrefined sweetener like honey or maple syrup. Other popular names for switchel include: switchy, swizzle, and haymaker’s punch.


IS SWITCHEL KOMBUCHA?

Nope! Kombucha is a fermented tea. Switchel is not fermented, and instead uses a byproduct of fermentation — apple cider vinegar. This results in zero alcohol content and zero caffeine. While both of these functional beverages provide gut-support, switchel also offers electrolytes like calcium and potassium. Of the two, many find switchel to be more appealing because it tastes less funky.


IS SWITCHEL A SHRUB?

What is a shrub, you ask? Technically, a shrub is what you call any fruit and vinegar-based drink. Nowadays, you can find shrubs sold nearly anywhere, especially in liquor stores, as many are sold as concentrates. So, yes, traditionally speaking switchel is a very specific type of shrub in ready-to-drink form.


WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS TO DRINKING SWITCHEL?

Switchel is more than just a trendy gut-health beverage making a splash on the scene — it is a hydrating elixir with a long history of use as an all-natural thirst-quencher. It’s flavorful, yet light and refreshing, and the ingredients are nutrient rich and packed with an energy boost.


WHAT ALCOHOL MIXES WELL WITH SWITCHEL?

You’re in luck because our switchel mixes well with hard-liquor (like vodka, bourbon, gin, and rum). And thanks to its electrolytes – we like to call it detoxing while re-toxing.


CAN YOU DRINK SWITCHEL HOT?

Absolutely. In fact, pour one of our bottles into your kettle right now, turn the stove on, and let it warm. This is a tasty treat for your nasty winter or rainy-season cold.


IS SWITCHEL CAFFEINE-FREE?

Yes, traditionally. But you can count on apple cider vinegar and our ginger to put a little pep in your step. Our switchel is also gluten-free, alcohol-free, dairy-free, preservative-free, and paleo friendly.


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