Lavender Blueberry Switchel

Lavender Blueberry Switchel {probiotics! Paleo, GAPS, AIP}

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My kids literally line up for this healthy probiotic drink, and my husband loves it too. Lavender Blueberry Switchel is the perfect hydrating beverage for summer time, or after physical exertion. It’s SO refreshing, and it’s delicious: The combination of rich berries, flowery herbs, spicy ginger and a few other super foods will have you making this quick treat often this sunny season. This switchel is perfect for Paleo, GAPS and AIP diets.

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What is Switchel?

This herbal brew only has a few necessary ingredients: honey or maple syrup, ginger, apple cider vinegar and water. Both ginger and apple cider vinegar are hydrating, allowing the body to assimilate water better. Traditionally, switchels were served to field workers to keep them healthy during long, hot days of labor. Historically, switchels trace back to various regions, including the Mediterranean, China and Israel. They were also very popular in the early Americas.

What’s fun is that switchels are also delicious. Switchels are so refreshing, providing almost instant nourishment.

We now add fruits and herbs to switchels to further enhance their flavor profile and their fun appeal! I know you’ll love this variation with lavender and blueberries!

This healthy probiotic beverage is super fast to make and will have your family and guests lining up to be refreshed! Full of electrolytes, it's great for digestion and renewing the body. Plus it's delicious!! #switchel #lavender #blueberry #electrolytes #probiotics #ferment #applecidervinegar #ginger

Lavender Blueberry Switchel

Lavender Blueberry Switchel
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Megan
Ingredients
  • 6 cups filtered water divided, preferably warm or room temperature
  • 2 cups blueberries fresh or frozen (defrosted)
  • 1/3 cup honey or maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons dried lavender find link below in Recipe Notes
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh ginger, minced, or 2 teaspoons dried
  • 1 Tablespoon spirulina optional
  • stevia, optional (omit for AIP), to taste (my kids like it sweeter! and the flavors ARE more pronounced when it's sweeter)
Instructions
  1. Combine the following ingredients in blender: 2 cups water, blueberries, honey, apple cider vinegar, ginger, optional spirulina and optional stevia.
  2. Puree on medium speed until blueberry skins are teeny, about 50 seconds. Add lavender and blend briefly again, about 10 seconds.
  3. Pour into tall 8-cup mason jar (see link below in Recipe Notes). Add final 4 cups water. Stir and leave out on the counter for a minimum of 4 hours, but preferably overnight.
  4. Chill and serve.
Recipe Notes

Find organic dried lavender HERE.

Find a set of two 8-cup mason jars HERE.

 

This healthy probiotic beverage is super fast to make and will have your family and guests lining up to be refreshed! Full of electrolytes, it's great for digestion and renewing the body. Plus it's delicious!! #switchel #lavender #blueberry #electrolytes #probiotics #ferment #applecidervinegar #ginger #herbal

Have you made switchel before? Read more about the history of switchels and get another lovely recipe (Strawberry-Basil!) HERE.

You might also love making Raspberry-Beet Kvass. Find that recipe HERE.

Comments 20

  1. I love the gorgeous color of this drink! And what a great way to get some apple cider vinegar in, as well as spirulina!

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      Good points, Kari! ACV alone is so healthful; we love spirulina with all its minerals and protein. And pretty has its own value! 😉

  2. Never heard of this – but would love to try it. Sounds like something I could get my kids to be on board with too 🙂

    1. Yep, my kids love it. I’m not sure all kids would, but that’s part of the real food journey, and it’s pretty fun when it’s successful.

  3. Oh yum!!! You know I would love this! Switchel is such a special drink – I love this beautiful flavor combo you came up with. So pretty Megan!

  4. i just made switchel for the first time on Sunday morning! I used a mix of blackberries, raspberries, and blueberries with ginger and lemon juice. My kids also wanted extra stevia to make it taste better, but they took some to school this morning! Love the use of lavender here!

  5. I have dried lavender leaves, would that work in place of the lavender flowers? I loved the strawberry basil switchel from last year’s post btw! Yum! Can’t wait to try this one!

    1. Hi JR, good question. I don’t know for sure the leaves’ flavor potency contrasted with the flowers’. The leaves are usually used for savory culinary purposes, like Herbes de Provence etc, so they definitely have a similar flavor. I think it can’t hurt, but they may be milder or give a slightly different perfume to the switchel. I’d be up for it! I’m so glad you enjoyed last year’s recipe. Thanks for the comment!

  6. We drink Apple Cider Vinegar mixed in honey and water regularly, but I’m only learning that it’s called switchel, and there’s so much more that we can do with it — ie. add blueberries, ginger and more 😀 Will try this soon!

    1. Yes, yay! Switchel always has ginger. It’s a major agent in the assimilation of the hydration. Enjoy, perfect timing with a hot summer ahead. 🙂

    1. Thanks, Linda! I can’t help adding it, knowing its minerals increase as the switchel ferments. So amazing!

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