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Raise the Roof and/or Barn With This Maple Ginger Switchel

Switchel -- originally popularized by 17th-century farmers in New England, and recently reclaimed by present-day hipsters -- boasts a variety of health benefits. The iconic autumn beverage is also totally solid as a drink mixer, and shines in this cocktail recipe, which plays with bright citrus, classic maple syrup, and a warm, gingery zing. The apple cider vinegar contrasts nicely against the herbaceousness of juniper-based gin; combined with a touch of soda water for a pleasant fizz, it's the perfect fall cocktail. Sip on some before you raise the roof and/or barn, or as a mellow nightcap before you hit the hay. 

Maple Ginger Switchel

INGREDIENTS:
  • 1 ounce gin
  • 1 5-inch piece fresh ginger (approximately 6 ounces)
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime or lemon juice
  • 4 cups water or club soda
  • Mint springs, to garnish
DIRECTIONS:
  • Shave 1 piece of fresh ginger. Mince using a hand-grater until it the ginger becomes a fine pulp.
  • In a large pitcher or jar, combine ginger pulp, apple cider vinegar, maple syrup, and lime juice, and stir until the maple syrup is dissolved. Refrigerate until well-chilled.
  • To serve, dilute with water or club soda, and add gin. Pour the switchel into ice-filled cocktail glasses, and garnish with a sprig of mint. 
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