And it's set to hit kombucha-level hype any day now. Like kombucha (seriously now, does anyone actually like the way that stuff tastes?), switchel is nothing new: according to NY Mag, Vermont dairy farmers used to rely on it to keep them hydrated while they sweated it out in the fields during summer haying season, as did the Amish.
While the actual health benefits of switchel are up in the air, it is heavy in known wellness-promoting ingredients. Also known as haymaker's punch, it's a pretty simple mix of ginger, apple cider vinegar and maple syrup diluted with water. Given apple cider vinegar's popularity with the #fitspo crowd, it's no surprise switchel is starting to trend - we just can't believe it's taken this long.
Said to be a source of calcium, potassium and sodium (i.e. electrolyes - hence the hydration benefits), switchel is simple to make yourself (try cult LA gym Equinox's recipe), although brands have started selling it in the states. Not so keen on swilling health drinks? According to Brooklyn bartenders, switchel is also an excellent mixer. Now that's something we can get on board with.