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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.
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!
Lavender Blueberry Switchel
- 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)
Combine the following ingredients in blender: 2 cups water, blueberries, honey, apple cider vinegar, ginger, optional spirulina and optional stevia.
Puree on medium speed until blueberry skins are teeny, about 50 seconds. Add lavender and blend briefly again, about 10 seconds.
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.
Chill and serve.
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.