Ginger Switchel

A patient of mine, Karen, brought me this great recipe for Ginger Switchel!

Switchel originated in the Caribbean and has been a popular summer drink for 300 years. Farmers call it “Haymaker’s Punch” as it’s popular at harvest time. I like that it contains ginger, apple cider vinegar , and lemon which all provide a powerful detox punch. We’ve used stevia instead of traditional honey (or brown sugar) to keep it Maximized. Enjoy!

IngredientsGinger Switchel

  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 12 drops of Sweet Leaf Stevia
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger or 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 lemon


  1. Combine all ingredients in a jar or a glass. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours and up to a day.
  2. Shake or stir before serving. Taste and adjust Stevia amount, if desired. If using fresh ginger, strain through a fine sieve or cheesecloth. Pour over ice or mix with soda water, if desired. Makes 1-2 drinks.


Dr. B.J. Hardick

About Dr. B.J. Hardick

Raised in a holistic family, Dr. B.J. Hardick is the co-author of the best-selling Maximized Living Nutrition Plans, used in natural health clinics worldwide, and a contributing author for its follow-up publication, The Cancer Killers. Dr. Hardick shares his own journey dealing with heavy metal toxicity in Real Detox, his e-Book available on An organic food fanatic and green living aficionado, all Dr. Hardick’s passions are anchored in helping others achieve ecologically sound, healthy, and balanced lives. Learn More