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Strawberry-Basil Switchel {with probiotics and electrolytes!} Rehydrate, detoxify, entertain, satiate, beautify: this switchel does it all!! It's so pretty, and it's so healthy. You'll love how fast it is to make and how eagerly everyone lines up to try it! #switchel #strawberries #strawberrybasil #basil #electrolytes #probiotics

Strawberry-Basil Switchel

Strawberry-Basil Switchel will have everyone lining up to try some — an electrolyte & probiotic beverage that's delicious & beautiful too!
Course Beverage
Cuisine American, Caribbean
Keyword basil, strawberry, switchel
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 8 cups
Calories 36kcal
Author Megan
Cost $4


  • pitcher or large canning jar
  • blender


  • 6 cups filtered water
  • 12 ounces strawberries fresh or frozen (and defrosted), about 2 cups
  • 1 cup fresh basil loosely packed
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar with the mother, raw, unfiltered [see link below in Recipe Notes]
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup or raw honey, for GAPS Diet
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh ginger minced, or 1/2 teaspoon dried ginger


  • Place 4 cups water in the blender. Add the strawberries, ginger and maple syrup (or honey).
  • Blend on low speed for 10 seconds. Then increase to medium for 15 seconds.
  • Pour the contents of the blender into a 1/2 gallon mason jar [find them here]. Add the apple cider vinegar, fresh basil and remaining 2 cups water. Stir to mix. (If there is too much water, just add the remaining 2 cups until the overall liquid level in the jar reaches the narrowed neck space, allowing about 1 inch head space.) Screw on lid.
  • Leave the ferment out at room temperature (covered with a tea towel) for 24 hours. Then refrigerate overnight. Switchel will only get stronger and the flavors more distinct as it refrigerates. May be refrigerated up to a week, or maybe longer, but I haven't tried that, because we usually drink it within 3 days.
  • Note: Switchel does not need to be left out. I like to do this step to increase the probiotics. You can actually serve it immediately, or simply chill and serve.


This is the unfiltered apple cider vinegar I use.

Here are the mason jars I use.


Calories: 36kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 10mg | Potassium: 102mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 163IU | Vitamin C: 26mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 1mg