It worked! I have a new summer drink! But next time I will use less than a handful of mint. The mint taste was a little much for my taste. But still good. This is Ginger Hibiscus Switchel from Cream & Honey's website. You can find the recipe here:
This is what it looked like at 10pm last night before the hibiscus took over. In the morning it was the clear red after I strained it out. Lucky for me I had a $7837928 strainer from Williams Sonoma. (of course I used a gift card because they always make one spend more than I normally would have).
I had polenta that I had bought for a pork roast sitting in my pantry, but ended up not using it, and it'sbeen staring me in the face every time I open the door. It was driving me crazy all that unused goodness so I made polenta toasts with balsamic onions, roasted red peppers and feta cheese. Pairs perfectly with the switchtel. Although that might be a glass of Wollersheim Winery's Eagle White. It IS Mother's Day, after all. And the extent of the cooking I'm doing today.
Today is Switchel Saturday! I am going to attempt to make my own switchel. Do you know what it is? I didn't either until last Wednesday when I saw it at the store.
I had to laugh...like the bottle of fire tonic, you can always "Make it a cocktail!" Apparently that is how you get Minnesotans to drink something healthy. You add liquor. Thank you Superior Switchel!
Anyway, I really did like the taste of it. Usually I drink water with lemon juice and apple cider vinegar and this kicked it up a notch. I went running on Friday and this really hit the thirst quencher spot afterwards.
The basic ingredients in switchel are water, apple cider vinegar, fresh ginger and either honey, maple syrup or molasses to give a tad of sweetness. I'll be using ginger, apple cider vinegar, lime, fresh mint, honey,and dried hibiscus. It is 80 degrees today here in Minneapolis. I'm hopeful this will be every bit as good as the store bought brand.
The two upsides of having a child on swim team...the parents are more likely to have their head buried in their electronic devices rather than sideline coaching, and every once in a while, you get to go out of town and make a weekend of it. On the long way back from the last meet in Wisconsin, I met up with my brother and sister-in-law at Wollersheim Winery and Distillery in Prairie du Sac, WI.
Here in the upper Midwest, the weather is finally starting to get nice. It was only about 60 degrees when we stopped, otherwise I think the place would have been packed with people having a picnic. They have a tiered patio with tables complete with umbrella shades to linger over whatever bottle you bought, plus your picnic lunch. They do have cheese and crackers for your consumption. My personal favorite for a picnic is to also bring a giant sandwich (the kind that feeds a multitude), and Pepperidge Farms Coconut Cake.
I bought a bottle of the Eagle White. Made 100% from Midwestern grapes. ('cause you know how much I like local) And part of the purchase goes to preserving a habitat for the bald eagle population.
Mad props all day long to this place for having a handicapped area only right outside the door to the winery tasting room and the distillery. The winery is on the side of the hill, and the regular parking lot requires a brief hike up the driveway to get to the main area. Thanks Wollersheim for going above & beyond.
Wollersheim Winery & Distillery
Prairie du Sac, WI 53578
A Minnesota native returns after 13 years away discovering a whole new food landscape.