Drinks Strawberry-Basil Switchel

Kathy in FL

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Folks, it is getting hot out there. With so many people having a new garden or expanding an existing one, it is good to pull out the old recipes. But here's a new one on me. There's more than one flavor of Switchel. You can even some varieties bottled up. Who would have thought. So I found this one and thought some of you might enjoy it.

Strawberry-Basil Switchel

Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins

Servings: 8 cups

  • 6 cups filtered water
  • 12 ounces strawberries fresh or frozen (and defrosted), about 2 cups
  • 1 cup fresh basil loosely packed
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar with the mother, raw, unfiltered [see link below in Recipe Notes]
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup or raw honey, for GAPS Diet
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh ginger, minced, or 1/2 teaspoon dried ginger

  • Place 4 cups water in the blender. Add the strawberries, ginger and maple syrup (or honey).
  • Blend on low speed for 10 seconds. Then increase to medium for 15 seconds.
  • Pour the contents of the blender into a *1/2 gallon mason jar* [see link below]. Add the apple cider vinegar, fresh basil, and remaining 2 cups water. Stir to mix. (If there is too much water, just add the remaining 2 cups until the overall liquid level in the jar reaches the narrowed neck space, allowing about 1 inch head space.) Screw on lid.
  • Leave the ferment out at room temperature (covered with a tea towel) for 24 hours. Then refrigerate overnight. Switchel will only get stronger and the flavors more distinct as it refrigerates. May be refrigerated up to a week, or maybe longer, but I haven't tried that, because we usually drink it within 3 days.
  • Note: Switchel does not need to be left out. I like to do this step to increase the probiotics. You can actually serve it immediately, or simply chill and serve.