Nov 8, 2018
This episode, we talk with my
friend Nikki Blank about one of the world’s most ubiquitous and
time-tested drinks: switchel. This is a cocktail mixer and
functional beverage that falls somewhere between a shrub and a tea,
and we learn all about the wonders of switchel as we explore its
history, its various incarnations around the world, and how to use
it in cocktails and non-alcoholic drinks.
In this interview, some of the
topics we cover include:
to place switchel on the spectrum of sweet and acidified beverages
switchel spread across the world and became popular as “Haymaker’s
punch” - literally an early version of Gatorade for all those
farmer-athletes in colonial America.
potential health benefits and life-enhancing attributes of
switchel, balanced by a healthy dose of skepticism about certain
claims you’ll find floating around the internet.
to incorporate switchel into your cocktails and non-alcoholic
thoughts on No-booze November and Dry January
definition of an “EANAB”
much, much more.