How to Make the Apple Cider Vinegar (Switchel) Cocktail 


Cocktail Type


Great for

Garden Party



Two Apple Cider Vinegar Switchel Cocktails

Farming in 17th century New England was thirsty work. It was hot and sweaty, and everything was done by hand. But there’s one thing farmers did have going for them, and that was a vinegary concoction called a Switchel. Made from apple cider vinegar, ginger, molasses, lemon, and water, the Switchel (aka the Haymaker’s Punch) was the Gatorade of its time. It refreshed tired farmers, replaced electrolytes, and the vinegar killed any nasty bugs in the water. It wasn’t served with booze back then because of the harvest, but it had a strong ginger bite to mimic the burn of alcohol. Today, the Switchel is making an Apple Cider Vinegar Cocktail comeback, and you’re in for a sweet (and sour) treat.



Buy unfiltered apple cider vinegar for the best flavour and health benefits.


Switch out the bourbon with citrus vodka for extra zing.


Replace the simple syrup with maple syrup for added layers of vanilla and caramel flavour.



1 Person

1 Oz

30 Ml

1 Parts

Wild Turkey Bourbon Whiskey
1 Oz

30 Ml

1 Parts

Apple cider vinegar
1 Oz

30 Ml

1 Parts

Maple syrup
2 Oz

60 Ml

2 Parts

Ginger beer
Lemon twist to garnish



Fill a double rocks glass with ice


Add the bourbon, vinegar, maple syrup, and ginger beer and stir until chilled


Garnish with a lemon twist and serve

Health benefits of apple cider vinegar

Apple cider vinegar has a long history and an even longer list of health benefits. It’s credited with everything from improving digestion, lowering cholesterol and weight loss to reducing blood sugar, boosting immunity, and replacing electrolytes. It’s a vinegary one-stop shop of wonders, and it seems there’s truth to the old adage— an apple a day keeps the doctor away.    


This Apple Cider Vinegar Cocktail is positively bursting with opportunities to make it your own. You can switch out the bourbon for vodka, gin, rum, or any spirit that grabs you. You can sweeten it with sugar, honey, or molasses (if you’re feeling old school). You can even infuse simple syrup with fresh ginger. Try club soda instead of ginger beer or garnish it with candied ginger instead of lemon. You’re the 17th farmer of your Switchel story so craft your ultimate thirst quencher.    

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When to serve

The Apple Cider Vinegar Cocktail recipe is built for the summer heat, but the ginger spice will work just as well in the cold. The flavour profile pairs brilliantly with barbecue or anything off the grill. You could even omit the booze and serve it as a mocktail at your next garden party or sports tournament. 


Apple cider vinegar is as safe to mix with alcohol as any other fruit juice or soda.

The heavily wooded flavours of Bourbon and whiskey work well with the sweet, earthy flavour of apple cider.

Our cocktail recipe is made with bourbon, but you can make an apple cider vinegar vodka cocktail and it’ll be delicious.