The sweet-and-sour soft drink known as switchel, made with fresh ginger and a dash of cider vinegar, was a popular thirst-quencher among harvest field workers in 19th-century New England. We're spinning our homemade switchel in a resolutely grown-up direction by adding in rye whiskey.



Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Stir together vinegar, sorghum syrup, ginger, and 2 cups water in a nonreactive container. Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours and up to 1 day. Strain; return to container and refrigerate, covered, up to 1 week.

  • For each drink, fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Pour in 1 1/2 ounces each vinegar mixture and whiskey. Shake well. Strain into a chilled coupe glass; serve.