You know what that means–COCKTAIL HOUR is upon us again! Since Memorial Day weekend is finally here, I put together a refreshing rum cocktail mixed with fresh peaches and switchel that can be enjoyed on warm afternoons. It’s sweet and slightly tart with just enough kick to it. I’ll definitely be sipping on this all summer!
It’s okay–I had no idea, either. That is, until I encountered Up Mountain Switchel’s version of the beverage at my local farmer’s market a few weeks ago. Switchel itself is a drink made with water mixed with roots, vinegar & something sweet that originated in the Caribbean. Between the 17th and 19th centuries it became popular among farmers in American Colonies. In terms of taste, I equate it to a zippy lemonade. I’ve found that it makes for a great cocktail mixer because it does the work for you. Here’s a breakdown of what Up Mountain uses in their switchel:
Ginger | This is what gives the switchel its spicy zing. Most switchels use ginger, as it helps with digestion and is anti-inflammatory. Imagine being a farmer working in the hot sun all day (a.k.a. stomach issues)–you’re gonna need some ginger in your life.
Maple Syrup | Traditionally switchel was made with molasses or sugar, but maple syrup makes it work well as a cocktail mixer because it has a rich, super sweet flavor that is similar to liqueurs.
Apple Cider Vinegar | Ya don’t need lime juice, lemons or bitters for your cocktail when you’ve got apple cider vinegar. It also promotes more efficient hydration, so it’s an excuse to have another drink (boom shakalaka!).
Since it’s Memorial Day Weekend, a sure sign of summer, bf and I have big plans: 1. Taking things slow 2. Sipping on thirst-quenching drinks. Peaches have started to come into season (I love how they make the produce section of the grocery store smell) so I found it fitting to use them in the cocktails that I’ll be whipping up for the next few days. That combined with the spicy ginger from the switchel, cooling mint and a healthy dose of rum = success in a glass. Also, dangerously deceptive!! Normally rum tastes overly prominent to me, but these flavors meld together so well that it becomes a team player, rather than the LeBron James, of this cocktail.
If you want to mix up this drink at home, you can order Up Mountain Switchel nationwide with free shipping on their website here, or if you live in NYC, you can check out the vendors/stores that carry it here.