What is Switchel and How Do You Make It?

Have you been wondering what is this new hipster drink switchel and how do you make it? Here's the best recipe!

Maybe you’ve heard about the latest hipster craze? It’s called switchel and it’s making its way into homes and restaurants and even as a mixer at bars.

Only, it’s not actually a new drink. It’s been around for centuries and was the original – and dare I say far healthier – version of Gatorade.

If you’ve been wondering what is switchel? How do you make it? Here’s the definitive answer and recipe.

What is Switchel?

Switchel originated as Haymaker’s Punch.  It was called Haymaker’s Punch because it was used to refresh workers bringing in the hay crop.

The original drink was made with apple cider vinegar, molasses and ginger. Once the mixture was made, it was left to ferment before being added to water.

Today, there are many versions of Switchel. Apple cider vinegar and ginger are in every recipe, but the sweetener is often switched up. Maple syrup and honey can easily stand in for the molasses.

If you go for the classic recipe, the Switchel will have a gingerbread flavor from the molasses. Molasses contains a number of essential minerals and vitamins, so it is worth trying it to see if you like it.

However, if the taste of the molasses is too strong, go ahead and substitute an equal amount of maple syrup or honey.

What is switchel? How is it made? Includes the best recipe for this hipster drink.

How Do I Make Switchel?

I’m going to teach you to make switchel with a recipe I know everyone enjoys.

In a jar, combine:

6 tablespoons apple cider vinegar (I always use this one)
4 tablespoons honey (or molasses or maple syrup)
3 teaspoons grated ginger

Cover and allow to ferment in the refrigerator for a day.

To serve, strain out the ginger pieces if you’d like. Then shake mixture and add several tablespoons to 6 ounces water. How many tablespoons you use will depend on your taste.

If you have a soda stream, this makes the most delicious addition to carbonated water!

Try a glass of this after your next workout. Doesn’t it make the perfect thirst quencher?

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Cleansing Green Juice Recipe Made in the Blender

Cleansing Green Juice Made in the Blender

This cleansing green juice recipe can be made right in your blender: No fancy equipment required!

Making green juice at home is an excellent way to boost your energy levels by providing your body with nutrient-dense antioxidant-packed foods.

Lemon and ginger are key to cleansing the body. Ginger works on your digestive system while lemon alkalizes the body and boosts your immune system.

The result is a drink that makes you feel great and provides an instant energy boost!

You won’t need a fancy juicer to make this juice. Your blender will be able to handle the job.

Cleansing Green Juice Blender

The trick is to keep adding liquid (in this case your liquid is coconut water) a little at a time as you blend. Too little liquid, and your blender will get jammed up.

Once your ingredients are broken down, you’ll press them through a sieve.

Strain Green Juice

This step makes the juice less pulpy. If you don’t mind the pulp, skip this step! The added fiber will help keep you full longer.

Green Juice Pulp

Instant Energy: Cleansing Green Juice Recipe


  • 2 cups packed red kale leaves, tough stems removed
  • 1 cup packed spinach leaves
  • 1 large sweet apple (I used Gala)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped ginger
  • 1 small lemon
  • 1/2 - 1 cup coconut water
  • 1 cup cold water


  1. Quarter the lemon, remove seeds, peel and set aside.
  2. Chop apple, remove seeds and set aside.
  3. Add the cold water to a powerful blender, followed by the kale, spinach, apple, lemon and ginger.
  4. Pulse to break down the ingredients.
  5. Blend on high until smooth, adding coconut water as needed to liquefy the ingredients. (I used about 3/4 cup).
  6. Pour the juice through a fine mesh strainer a little at a time. Use the back of a spoon to press the juice out of the pulp. Discard pulp and repeat until all the juice is strained.
  7. Rinse the strainer and pour all of the juice back through it one last time.
  8. Serve immediately or cover and store in the refrigerator for up to 48 hours.

That’s all there is to it! Give your body a week of green juice and you’ll find you feel better than ever!

Instant Energy Cleansing Green Smoothie Recipe

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How to Make a Cinnamon Dolce Latte

How to Make Cinnamon Dolce Lattes at Home. So Addictive!

It is so simple to make a Cinnamon Dolce Latte at home, you’ll wonder why you ever bothered to pay for one!

I’ve shared quite a few homemade latte recipes, and the secret to making each one is to start by making a flavored syrup. My recipes always include enough syrup for several lattes. The exact number of lattes you can make depends on how sweet you like your latte.

Me? I drink my morning cup of joe with only a splash of milk. So I use a light hand when adding flavored syrup. You? You can add as much as you like! After all, you are making it for YOU!

This recipe calls for using cinnamon sticks. You do know you can reuse them, right?

Finally, as with so many of my recipes, this one calls for the minimally processed sugar called sucanat. My highly trained palate (HA!) likes to think of sucanat as the flavor you would get if white sugar and brown sugar had a baby. You can find it in most grocery stores and the flavor is so good, you’ll never go back to the icky refined white sugar again!

Cinnamon Dolce Latte Recipe


  • 1 cup water
  • 3 3-inch cinnamon sticks
  • 1 cup sucanat (may substitute brown sugar)
  • 8 ounces brewed coffee
  • 1 cup milk (any kind of milk will work: cow, almond, coconut, soy...)


    Cinnamon Dolce Syrup:
  1. In a small saucepan, heat water and cinnamon sticks just to a boil. Turn off heat and stir in sucanat just until dissolved.
  2. Cover pan and allow to steep for 30 minutes. Remove cinnamon sticks. At this point, you can store in a jar in the refrigerator for when you are ready to use in a cinnamon dolce latte.
  3. To Assemble Cinnamon Dolce Latte:
  4. Heat milk just until warm - being careful not to boil. If you have a milk frother, froth your milk.
  5. Divide hot brewed coffee between two mugs. Add 1/2 cup hot milk to each mug. Stir in 3 to 4 tablespoons cinnamon sugar mixture.
  6. Enjoy!

What do you think? A Cinnamon Dolce Latte just as good as the Starbucks kind?

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Homemade Gingerbread Latte Syrup Recipe

Homemade Gingerbread Latte Syrup Recipe

There are two very distinct tastes that make up gingerbread: ginger and molasses. To make a truly great gingerbread latte, you want to capture those two flavors in your homemade gingerbread latte syrup.

In order to get this genuine gingerbread flavor, you must, must, must use sucanat instead of sugar. As I’ve mentioned many times before, sucanat is a less processed form of sugar where the molasses is not separated out – like it is with refined white sugar. You can use only sucanat in this recipe to get that rich molasses flavor without the molasses overpowering your syrup.

As an added bonus, sucanat is considered a better whole food choice than refined white sugar.

If you are like me, and molasses is a favorite flavor, add the 2 tablespoons in the recipe. When you do this, the molasses will become the dominant flavor – not the ginger. So you need to play with it to get the mix right for your taste buds.

Time to mix up your syrup:

Homemade Gingerbread Latte Syrup


  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sucanat
  • 2 tablespoons molasses (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 1 5-inch cinnamon stick
  • 8 whole cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice berries
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg


  1. Bring water, sucanat, and molasses (optional) just to a boil.
  2. Immediately lower heat to a simmer and add all spices.
  3. Simmer for 30 minutes.
  4. Strain into a large jar. Allow to cool before refrigerating.

Gingerbread Latte with Homemade Gingerbread Latte Syrup

Now that you have your homemade gingerbread latte syrup, here is how to make it into a latte:

Brew a dark roast coffee.
Add 4 ounces of coffee to two mugs.
In a saucepan, heat 1 cup of milk and 1/4 cup of gingerbread latte syrup until warm.
Add 1/2 cup gingerbread flavored milk to each mug.
Optional: Use a milk frother to froth the milk before adding to the coffee.
And think about Homemade Whipped Cream to top it off!

Additional Uses for Gingerbread Latte Syrup:

  • Add to hot black tea.
  • Pour over apple pie.
  • Add to plain oatmeal.
  • Top vanilla ice cream.
  • Mix with cream cheese as a toast or bagel spread.
  • Pour over pancakes or waffles.
  • Add to hot chocolate.
  • Use to simmer pears.
  • Stir into plain Greek yogurt.

Enjoy! And if you like this recipe, you’re sure to also like my pumpkin spice latte!

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Super Simple Matcha Green Tea Latte Recipe

Super Simple Matcha Green Tea Latte Recipe

Have you tried matcha green tea powder? It has a distinct flavor that can be quite addictive. Combined with milk and sweetener and served up in a matcha green tea latte, it is totally addictive.

Matcha green tea powder has both caffeine and a healthy dose of antioxidants. I find breakfast is the perfect time to load up on both! I’ve heard of people who have actually given up coffee and become exclusive matcha drinkers.

I’m far from a break-up with my morning cup of joe, but I like to flirt with matcha just fine.

This is where I get my favorite matcha green tea powder.

I’d also recommend my favorite tool for making a homemade latte: the Aerolatte frother. 

aerolatte frother

A frother costs under $20 and I’ve had mine for almost 10 years. It has saved me tons of money since I can now make all my favorite coffee drinks at home. Chai lattes, peppermint lattes, pumpkin lattes and gingerbread lattes now all get made at home using real, whole food ingredients, for pennies on the dollar for what I’d pay at Starbucks.

Once you start making this super simple matcha green tea latte recipe for yourself, you might find yourself in an on-going relationship with this temptress.

Super Simple Matcha Green Tea Latte Recipe


  • 1 teaspoon matcha green tea powder
  • 1/4 cup hot water
  • 3/4 cup milk (cow's, soy, or almond)
  • honey to taste


  1. Dissolve matcha green tea powder in hot water and stir vigorously until frothy.
  2. Heat milk just until hot. If you have one, use a frother to whip the milk until foamy.
  3. Remove from heat.
  4. Add milk to tea and stir in honey to taste.

I don’t limit my lattes to just the morning. If I know I’ll have an afternoon that requires running the kids to and fro and here and there, I like to brew up a Matcha Green Tea Latte in a to-go cup to keep me going.

What’s your favorite time to drink a matcha green tea latte?

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The Very Best Hot Chai Tea Latte Recipe

The very best chai latte!

Could anything taste better on a cold, frosty day than a Hot Chai Tea Latte? From the moment you wrap your hands around the warm cup, to the first sip of the sweet yet spicy latte, I savor this drink.

I want to share with you the very best hot chai tea latte recipe.

The recipe for this latte is not complicated. But to make a truly great latte, you need to start with a really great chai tea bag.

If you like the Starbucks Chai Tea Lattes, you might want to start with a Tazo tea bag and see if that is the right foundation for your drink. Otherwise, I recommend you experiment with whatever is on sale at your grocers. Find what you like, then go with it!

The chai tea latte concentrates you can buy at the grocers are always a good bet for a good latte. However, to make the very best hot chai tea latte, you need to make it yourself!

To get the frothy goodness of a true latte, I love my aerolatte. It’s under $20 and I’ve had mine for nearly 10 years!

The Very Best Hot Chai Tea Latte Recipe


  • 1 chai tea bag
  • 1/4 cup boiling water
  • 3/4 cup organic milk
  • honey to taste


  1. Steep your tea for 3 to 5 minutes in the water in a mug.
  2. Heat the milk just until warm. If you have one, use a frother to whip milk. Otherwise, use a blender being careful to let the steam escape.
  3. Add the milk and honey to the mug and stir. Serve hot.

Love lattes? Try a Matcha Green Tea Latte or Cinnamon Dolce Latte too!

Simple, yes? Treat yourself to the perfect latte today.

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Homemade Peppermint Latte Recipe

Homemade Peppermint Lattes

Whipping up a batch of peppermint latte syrup means you can have a Homemade Peppermint Latte whenever the mood strikes you. Need a morning pick-up? Feel like a mid-afternoon treat? Treat yourself at home and save a bundle over coffee shop prices!

To make your peppermint latte truly decadent, don’t forget to top it with Homemade Whipped Cream.

And don’t tell, but I find an occasional candy cane stir stick just makes me feel all holiday-y inside.

The peppermint syrup can be stored in the fridge in a jar. It makes several lattes – it all depends on how much you use per latte.

Don’t want the caffeine of a latte? Why not add the peppermint syrup to a hot chocolate? nom nom nom

Homemade Peppermint Latte Recipe


  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sucanat (may substitute sugar)
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 8 ounces strong brewed coffee
  • 1 cup milk (any kind including soy, almond or coconut)


  1. In a small saucepan, combine water, sucanat, and peppermint extract. Heat and stir just until sucanat is completely melted.
  2. Heat milk just until heated through.
  3. Optional: froth milk with a frother or pour milk into blender - making sure to vent - and frappe just until foamy.
  4. Pour coffee into two mugs.
  5. Stir 1/2 cup milk into each mug.
  6. Add peppermint syrup to each mug to taste.

What is your favorite flavor homemade latte?

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