Home Recipes for Ginger Ale

The haymaker's drink


| March/April 2000


The best way I could think of to thank the many people who sent me recipes for The Haymaker's Drink (or Switchel or Ginger Ale, or Swaggel) and to thank the magazines who printed my request for information concerning this drink is to compile all and send each of you a copy. These are not for sale, this is just my way of saying 'Thank You.'

You will find that the ingredients are the same in just about all the recipes, however the amounts differ. Making the drink was usually the work of individual farm wives and being individuals, each has her own way of doing things. The recipe I had in mind did not contain ginger, it did contain soda though and such a recipe was sent to me, in fact, a couple of them.

For your information, my main interest is railroading, in fact I am a member of over twenty railroad organizations, president of two (one local, one national). I am also a member of an equal number of historical organizations. Naturally I cannot be active in all of these, but I do what I can, when I can, for whom I can.

I hope that each of you will enjoy this compilation of recipes as much as I do, and I most sincerely thank you for taking the time to write them and send them to me, this is deeply appreciated.



Home Recipes for Ginger Ale (also known as switchel, Swaggle or the Haymaker's Drink)
Sent by Elaine Harrington, Cooperstown, New York

- 2-1/2 to 3 TBS vinegar
- 1/2 tsp ginger
- 1/4 cup sweetening (white, or brown sugar or honey)

Place all ingredients in a quart jar or pitcher, fill with water and ice, mix well.

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