How to Make Switchel, a Spicy-cool Caribbean Cocktail

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A spicy-cool beverage that dates to the 17th-century Caribbean, the switchel has recently caught on with modern-day bartenders, who’ve revived the tradition of spiking the cider-vinegar concoction with rum—creating a refreshing alternative to most sweet summer cocktails.



This recipe comes courtesy of Austin Hartman, owner of New York’s Paradise Lounge.

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  1. Prepare the base: Mix two parts apple cider vinegar, two parts fresh ginger juice, and one part maple syrup in a jar.
  2. Serve it up:
  • Add 3⁄4 oz of lime juice, 11⁄2 oz of switchel base, and 11⁄2 oz soda water to a Collins glass filled with ice.
  • Next, float 2 oz of dark rum (Coruba, Gosling’s, etc.) in the glass.
  • Garnish with a lime wedge or rosemary sprigs.

This article is part of our Summer School series, a comprehensive guide to acing the year’s best season.

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