Time Out has the latest health advise for residents of Dubai. This week we answer the question, what is switchel? Answer, a natural Gatorade
Hipster has become so culturally mainstream, the dictionary definition should be re-written. There’s no expiration date for what these bearded, flannel-wearing bunch can make popular and cool. Hipsters made us drink green smoothies from mason jars, and they were the ones who added matcha tea, seaweed chips and bulletproof coffee to our pantries. What else is left?
While your palette might still be trying to understand the significance of adding a shot of wheatgrass to an açai bowl, the hipsters have moved on and invented nature’s natural Gatorade, the switchel. This energy drink looks a bit like ginger ale, smells a lot like pungent apple juice, but is labelled as the best thing you will drink after a big night out. This refreshing drink, made of equal parts apple cider vinegar, fresh ginger and maple syrup diluted with water, actually made its debut on American farms – farmers were treated it after a strenuous day under the sun.
Make the switch Swap energy drinks for a natural fatigue killer, says Shitika Anand This concoction has now come out of the fields and into our kitchens. The cloudy, yellow drink is similar to Kombucha from the hippy world which, of course, is more fermented. This tangy beverage is very rich in antioxidants (courtesy of the apple cider vinegar) and rich in enzymes that help balance the pH levels in your body and make it more alkaline. The electrolytes present in switchel are particularly essential if you’re prone to burning the midnight oil.
After whipping up our own batch to last us the weekend (you can make bigger batches, as all the ingredients in here can handle shelf life, but we weren’t sure if our palettes could handle it), we found ourselves obsessing over this drink. Think an effervescent flavour that poses as a replacement to coffee. While we’re still going to stick to our regular skinny latte (hey, hipsters approve of coffee) to start the day, the switchel may well become a welcome alternative.
Dhs50-120 (ingredients available at various supermarkets across Dubai.