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Good Girl ‘Moonshine’

Both ginger and apple cider vinegar have been widely noted for helping aide weight loss and digestion. Trying to eliminate soda from your diet? Just trying to find a tasty, healthy poolside option? Either way, give this ‘mocktail’ a try. Detox and alkalize your body, all while staying hydrated and healthy this summer! Instead of pure drinking water, use seltzer water for a fun, fizzy effect.  It’s refreshing taste will have you sighing and saying, ‘Ahhhh’ after your first sip. Happy sipping guzzling. 🙂

Update: It’s been brought to my attention that this drink is essentially a ginger switchel. After a look into this, I was even more impressed with it as it’s benefits just keep on piling up. The exact source of the switchel isn’t known, but some speculate it came up to the Colonies from the Carribbean. What is known is that in Colonial days, with no modern conveniences like central air, or even ice cubes, a day spent out working in the field or on the farm could be grueling in the summer heat. To stay hydrated, they drank a quenching beverage that functioned much like modern sports drinks: switchel, also called switzel or haymaker’s punch. It contained water, a sweetener—either molasses, maple syrup, honey or brown sugar—ginger, and cider vinegar. All the ingredients (except water) happen to be sources of potassium—an electrolyte. Molasses is especially high in potassium. You could easily swap in some molasses for the stevia if you wanted to go old school. Also, another fun fact, it’s the bite of the ginger that resembles the taste of alcohol and apparently this was another reason the switchel became so popular among the colonial poor during the growing temperance movement of the 19th century.

Good Girl ‘Moonshine’

 Fit Mama 'Moonshine' Mocktail

recipe adapted from The (Gluten-Free) Food Gurly

enough ice to fill a quart jar to where the ring screws on
1 teaspoon ginger
4 teaspoons sugarless sugar (stevia)
2-3 tablespoon. apple cider vinegar
enough pure drinking water to fill the quart jar after filling with everything else


1. Fill your mason jar up to the first line where the ring/lid begins to screw on.
2. Sprinkle the ginger ans sugar over top of the ice.
3. Add the apple cider vinegar.
4. Fill with pure drinking water, stopping when it’s reached the first line where the ring begins to screw on.
5. Stir well until all the sugar has dissolved.
6. Enjoy!

I mostly added in the apples for aesthetic appeal, buuut they do significantly enhance the flavor. So if apple is your thing you’ll definitely want to throw in a few slices.


About 4 Sons 'R' Us

Hi! I’m Meaghan. Welcome to my virtual kitchen & craft corner. Pull up a chair, stay awhile and follow along with us and our 4 sons. Can I get you a glass of wine? Some coffee? Pretzels or cheese sticks? While I can’t actually give you these thing online, I can show you how to make them… on a budget!

14 responses »

  1. I always enjoy a healthy summer drink! How much ginger would you say if someone was using fresh, instead of powdered?

  2. The (Gluten-Free!) Food Gurly

    I love the addition of apples! It’s not only pretty, but tasty as well!! Orange slices would be delicious, too!! 🙂

  3. This looks so refreshing! Perfect summer drink! 🙂

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  5. Switchel: what a great name for a drink. It just begs to be in a tongue twister. How about Sarah slurps sunset switchels.

  6. Welcome to Fiesta Friday Meaghan!! What a great beverage to bring to the party today!! Haha!! Goodgirl moonshine…now how cute is that? I love the health benefits that comes with it too.. I love the Ball jar, I love the straw, I love the apple slices…. it all screams “Happy Summer!!” to me… Thank you so much for sharing this with all of us! Wonderful post! ❤

  7. This is a really great drink, I love the health benefits but it’s also refreshing and delicious. Last year I made shrubs a lot, saw some recipes on food52, they really are good and so good for you. Great addition to FF#22.

  8. I am going to make this Moonshine today, and will be drinking it on my back porch. Hope you have a great week and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  9. Congratulations!
    Your recipe is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week. Hope you enjoy your weekend and your new Red Plate!
    Miz Helen


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