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Peach Switchel is that incredibly delicious and refreshing beverage you want — to hydrate you on a hot day! With fresh ginger root and apple cider vinegar, it assimilates well to quickly provide electrolytes and even probiotics.
The peach flavor and color make this summer drink recipe alluring even for special gatherings.
What is switchel
Switchel is an easy to make drink, historically made by American farm wives for their family members and workers in the field.
But these days, it’s actually an incredibly pretty party drink too.
Non-alcoholic but special, switchel recipes are very popular both because they’re delicious and genuinely refreshing.
Switchels always contain water, ginger, natural sweetener and apple cider vinegar. After that, creative fruits and flavors may also be added.
Health benefits of switchel
Because real apple cider vinegar is probiotic, this popular drink also has living and beneficial microorganisms.
The hydrating natural of switchel means the body is energized effectively even on a cellular level.
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Ingredients in Peach Switchel
- water or Peach Tea — I like to make this recipe with peach tea to increase the peach flavor. But you may use just water, if you prefer. The peach flavor will not be as strong, but the drink will be more traditional and very refreshing. (Use the Peach Tea option for the Keto and Low Carb version of this recipe.)
- 1 organic peach — You may also use a nectarine, which is what I used the day I photographed the recipe, because that’s what the market had that was fresh, ripe and juicy. (Omit this for the Keto and Low Carb version.)
- apple cider vinegar
- raw honey or pure maple syrup (or low carb options below in the recipe)
- fresh ginger root
WHICH PEACH TEA TO USE
If you choose to use peach tea instead of water, which tea to choose? There are a few options you’ll find online or at your local market:
- Pique is the best quality organic tea — both in terms of their sourcing and its health benefits. I bought my oldest son their Peach Ginger Black Tea for his Christmas stocking, and he loved it. Now we love it for this recipe as well. Find it HERE.
- Republic of Tea sells both a regular and a decaf version of Ginger Peach Black Tea. I found both at my local Natural Grocers. This product is not organic, so that’s the real downside.
- Here‘s a White Hibiscus and Peach Green Tea.
- For the strongest peach flavor and a completely herbal option, choose Celestial Seasonings Country Peach Passion. This is the best choice for the Keto and Low Carb version of the recipe, because you’ll omit the whole peach.
How to make Peach Switchel
Two methods may be used to make Peach Switchel:
- BLEND: Combine water or tea, peach chunks, ginger, ACV and sweetener in the blender. Blend. Strain if desired. Allow to sit out, refrigerate OR serve immediately, as desired.
- The photos in this post show the blended version of the recipe.
- Make this method if you want your switchel a little pulpy, like a very thin smoothie.
- This method is also nice because it’s instant with very little prep work or planning ahead. The peaches and ginger may be quickly chopped up, while the blender does all the fine work.
- STIR: Another great way to make Peach Switchel is to simply stir together the ingredients. With this method, it’s best to allow the switchel to sit out at warm room temperature for several hours or overnight. This allows the peaches to steep in the concoction, imparting their flavor.
- Make this method if you want thin, refreshing switchel.
- Serve this approach to switchel with pieces of peach in each glass.
- With this method, you’ll need to attractively slice your peaches and peel, then finely grate your fresh ginger.
- Stirred Peach Switchel is pretty served in a tall clear pitcher. You may add frozen sliced peaches as ice cubes.
- 8 cup mason jar or large pitcher
- blender (optional)
- 5 cups filtered water or Peach Tea using 4 tea bags (See how to make with tea in Notes below)
- 1 cup organic peaches frozen work too (omit for Keto version, and use Peach Tea [not water])
- ⅓ cup apple cider vinegar organic unfiltered with the mother
- ⅓ cup raw honey or real maple syrup (OR low carb liquid sweetener/stevia to taste, for Keto Low Carb version)
- 2 inch length fresh ginger root cut into chunks for blender version, or peeled and finely grated for stirred version
- BLEND METHOD: Combine water or Peach Tea, peach chunks, fresh ginger, apple cider vinegar and sweetener in the blender. Blend on medium-high speed for 60 seconds. Strain through a fine-mesh strainer, pressing on any solids, if desired. (No need to strain if you don't want to, and if you let it sit, the fine bits will settle to the bottom.)
- Allow to sit out overnight, refrigerate OR serve immediately, as desired.
- STIR METHOD: In an 8-cup mason jar or large pitcher, stir together water or Peach Tea, peach slices, finely grated fresh ginger, apple cider vinegar and sweetener, until sweetener has fully dissolved.
- Set out at warm room temperature for several hours or overnight. This allows the peaches to steep in the concoction, imparting their flavor.
- Serve with slices of fresh or frozen peaches in each glass (optional) or over ice cubes. Note: If you don't serve Peach Switchel over ice, you may add 1 cup more water to the switchel, if desired. I keep the brew pretty concentrated to allow for ice melting into it when it's served.
How to make Peach Tea
- Heat 4 cups water in saucepan until boiling.
- Add 4 Peach tea bags (or 4 packets of Pique's Peach Tea). Allow to steep for 5 to 10 minutes.
- Cool to warm before using in the recipe.
- Strain into blender or pitcher. Add remaining 1 cup water from the Ingredients list.
I was just thinking about the jar of ginger tincture sitting in my cupboard. This switchel might be a good use for it. Do you think?
Hi Naomi, I think you said your tincture tastes very strongly of alcohol (and not ginger), so I don’t think so, actually. I think the simplest thing would be to use the alcohol to make another tincture with a different dried herb or dried ginger. 🙂
You might be confusing me with someone else. I’m the one whose dried ginger swelled up and absorbed almost all of the liquid. I added more vodka and put in a larger jar and it is wonderful. I added some to a ginger beer lemonade that didn’t have enough ginger for my taste and it’s over the top fantastic! So I’m going to go against your advice and try it. If it turns out terrible you can say I told you so! 🙂
Great, Naomi, okay! 😉 You are right; I was confusing you with someone else. 🙂 So happy you’re enjoying your tincture!
Stacey Crawford says
I can’t wait to try the keto version. I love peach tea. I’ve been looking for a fruity Summer drink that is not too sweet. Thank you 🙂
Such a refreshing beverage – love the addition of ginger root!
So refreshing and different!
Great, Alyssa, thanks for commenting!
I’m always looking for new summer drinks and this looks and sounds fantastic! Love that you use honey instead of sugar.
Thanks Donny! Hope you enjoy some! 🙂
So fruity and refreshing! I love this!!
Thank you, Jean! I’m so glad you like the recipe! 🙂
Beautiful to look at and so delicious to drink! The perfect refreshing drink for Summer!
Thank you, ChihYu, I’m so glad you enjoyed the switchel!
Lori Winters says
I added about half a 1/2 a 1/2 an arrow and whipped honey and some powdered Ginger. After it was all put together I poured some over ice and added some ginger ale. I 1st tried this at a farmer’s market and that peach and habanero is absolutely fantastic together. Thank you for the great recipe.
Wow, sounds amazing and so creative, good for you! Thanks for sharing your details and so glad you loved the recipe!
Mollie Cundiff says
Will powdered ginger work in the absence of ginger root?
Hi Mollie, yes! 🙂 I’d use 2 teaspoons to start (or more to taste), and whisk it into a small amount of the hot tea first, before shaking or stirring it into the whole recipe, unless you use a blender, which is also great.