Farmer Switchel Harvest Cocktail

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"This is a take on an American classic. Traditionally, a switchell is a sweet and sour fermented beverage that farmers would consume during peak harvest times. It's also great as a refreshing nonalcoholic drink - simply substitute additional seltzer water for the vodka. This is a great way to use up basil in your garden. Source: Christopher and Marc Home"

Original recipe yields 1 serving
  • FOR HONEY SIMPLE SYRUP (Refer to NOTE, below)


  • Serving Size: 1 (339.2 g)
  • Calories 394.4
  • Total Fat - 0.6 g
  • Saturated Fat - 0 g
  • Cholesterol - 0 mg
  • Sodium - 16.5 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 86.3 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 2.6 g
  • Sugars - 69.9 g
  • Protein - 3.5 g
  • Calcium - 178.5 mg
  • Iron - 3.4 mg
  • Vitamin C - 17.7 mg
  • Thiamin - 0 mg

Step 1

In a tall cocktail glass, place the basil leaves and gently muddle until fragrant.

Step 2

Add the honey simple syrup, apple cider vinegar, and vodka. Stir gently until well combined.

Step 3

Fill the glass with ice and top off with seltzer water.

NOTE: Honey Simple Syrup can be kept in the fridge for a long time, therefore if you prefer to make additional to have it handy, use 1 cup each for both the honey and water.

Tips & Variations

No special items needed.



Wow! I wasn't sure what to expect, but couldn't pass up this unique cocktail! I love tangy things, and I love Bragg's vinegar, but still... a cocktail? What a surprise - it's tangy and the honey/basil/vinegar combo result in a slightly sweet & salty (?) drink. It's absolutely wonderful! Ok - so now I can have a cocktail and not feel in the least bit guilty. I'm drinking something healthy, right??? LOL...

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(9 Jun 2020)