Cheers! Celebrate the new year with this non-alcoholic switchel cocktail

The happiest of new years to you, and a huge thank you to everyone who shopped local, shopped small and supported small businesses like College Green throughout the year.

Every single purchase, recommendation to a friend, social media like and smile over a market stall means the world to me and every small business owner who pours their heart into their business.

So I'm celebrating the end of the College Green year with my new favourite (non alcoholic) drink - a switchel. Based on an 18th century recipe a switchel is a deliciously refreshing mix of ginger, lemon, apple cider vinegar and water, sweetened with a dash of honey - there's a customisable recipe below so you can try it for yourself.

College Green basic Switchel recipe

  • Cut three slices from a piece of root ginger & put in the bottom of a glass
  • Cut a wedge of lemon, squeeze the juice into the glass then add the wedge
  • Put half a teaspoon of honey in, then a splash of very hot water from the kettle, and muddle them all together, dissolving the honey in the water.
  • Fill the glass up with cold water, adding ice if you like.
  • Add a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar (use one that says `with the mother' on the label)
  • Top with garnish - I used dried cranberries, juniper berries & cardamom pods from a sachet I found in a supermarket but it's optional and up to you.
  • Stir & enjoy!

Switchel is easy to customise to suit your tastes & whatever you have to hand - change the wedge of lemon to lime, add a slice of orange, a sprig of rosemary or lavender, swap the honey for maple syrup... the options are endless.

I hope 2024 brings you happiness.