This year, our firewood delivery took place during an unseasonably warm stretch of weather here in Massachusetts. Understandably, we worked up quite a thirst while moving the logs from their dumping spot to the racks behind our shed.
Initially, I made several trips to the house to refill my water bottle. But plain H2O just wasn’t cutting it. And then I remembered how pioneers often would drink a vinegar-honey-ginger beverage called “switchel” — also known as “Haymaker’s Punch” — to provide hydration during their long stints in the field. Using some of our newly-bottled Roasted Cinnamon Apple Shrub and Ginger Bite, plus some chilled seltzer, I created my own variation on this theme. Ahhh! Truly more refreshing than water, and a lot more interesting.
Mocktail Monday: The Wood Stacker
- 8 ounces mineral water or seltzer
- 1 ounces Spiker's Roasted Cinnamon Apple Shrub
- 1 ounce Spiker's Ginger Bite Shrub
- 2-3 slices pickled "sushi" ginger optional for garnish
- 2-3 ice cubes coarsely cracked
- Place the Apple Crisp shrub, ground ginger, and pickled ginger in a beverage glass. Muddle gently.
- Crack the ice and add to the glass.
- Pour the mineral water (or seltzer) into the glass slowly, and gently stir to incorporate the ingredients. Serve immediately.