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Mocktail Monday: The Wood Stacker

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.