GINGER HIBISCUS SWITCHEL: A FERMENTED DETOX DRINK

Ginger Hibiscus Switchel || This healthy fermented drink recipe is super easy and uses only a few ingredients. Similar to kombucha and perfect for a summer mocktail or a detox! Add gin to make it a cocktail. || www.creamandhoney.ca

Hello January. This is the time of year when sleeping the next 2 to 3 months away sounds like a viable  and more pleasant option than bearing the dead of winter. The weather has turned unbearably cold, I've become OCD about applying (and re-applying) body butter so I don't crack from dryness and the high from Christmas cheer is no more. It isn't all bad though, it's an opportunity for resting and stillness. The holidays filled with relaxing, parties and obscene amounts of food and alcohol are over. For me this means some kind of cleanse or detox is necessary to regain balance so that I do more than nap - eat - Netflix - repeat. This is more of a renewal period rather than a New Years resolution. Being a human is hard enough without putting too much pressure on yourself to be the healthiest most beautiful successful lady in the land. How about just a better feeling me? That I can handle. 

Pressure and responsibility in my brain:

On Vacation                                                                                                                                                               Pressure level: 0.                                                                                                                                                           Thoughts: I'm great at vacation! It's probably the thing I do best. Also drinking margaritas. But that's all part of the job.."

A day off with nothing to do                                                                                                                                Pressure level: 2 (because Toronto always has an air pressure and sometimes I forget look both ways before crossing the street).                                                                                                                                       Thoughts: I woke up, cleaned my body and put food in it. I'm a lady boss right now" *Puts in head phones, turns up music very loud and dances around apartment to Beyonce and Solange*

A cleaning + groceries day.                                                                                                                                       Pressure level: 3                                                                                                                                                                         Thoughts: Look at me doing stuff! I'M A REAL ADULT NOW, WORLD! I even organized the tupperware lids that attack me when I open the cupboard!" 

Paying bills and making an appointment (aka a very adult day)                                                                    Pressure level: 6                                                                                                                                                       Thoughts: What IS money though, really?! It's not even a real thing, like bars of gold or precious gems! We should go back to trading things so I could pay my phone bill in that Pinterest DIY wine cork craft I made."       

A work day plus additional chores after.                                                                                                                         Pressure level: 8                                                                                                                                                     Thoughts:  THIS IS TOO MANY THINGS FOR ONE PERSON! WHAT AM I, A FUCKING WIZARD?!"

People talking about pensions and retirement plans.                                                                                       Pressure level: 95, 000                                                                                                                                               Thoughts: How will I survive as an old lady? I mean, the games of bridge will be fun but where will I live and how will I digest the gruel they feed people in old age homes?! Omg! What about if I'm too broke for an old age home?! Where do they send poor elderly people?! Probably those places where they're abused and the gruel is made with water instead of milk. Or is THAT even too expensive? Maybe when I'm almost old enough for that I'll just go stand in the middle of a field with a metal rod in a thunderstorm in hopes lightning strikes me dead. I've always wanted to die by lightning strike (or asleep peacefully in my bed). I'd rather die early than spend 5 to 20 years eating grey meals and sitting in front of the one gazing window. Also, WTF is a mutual fund anyways!?!?!?"

Doing taxes.                                                                                                                                                                   Pressure level: System Overload                                                                                                                     Thoughts: ⑂⏚␦⍥⌲⎀⌘☞♤☃☂℅🎶"

Ginger Hibiscus Switchel || This healthy fermented drink recipe is super easy and uses only a few ingredients. Similar to kombucha and perfect for a summer mocktail or a detox! Add gin to make it a cocktail. || www.creamandhoney.ca
Ginger Hibiscus Switchel || This healthy fermented drink recipe is super easy and uses only a few ingredients. Similar to kombucha and perfect for a summer mocktail or a detox! Add gin to make it a cocktail. || www.creamandhoney.ca

Great, so now that I've given myself a panic attack (and maybe you, I'm sorry, I love you) about how I've never been able to adult properly let's just all chill out and be good to ourselves and our bodies for a minute. 

This drink is a perfect start to detoxing in the new year. It's called switchel or haymaker's punch and it has unconfirmed mysterious roots in the Caribbean (mystery makes everything better). It is speculated it was brought to North America where farmers began drinking it as an old timey gatorade! It has electrolytes galore, it's fermented (which means good for your digestion and pretty much everything ever), it's anti-inflammatory and the taste!!! Ohhh the taste. It's so refreshing and delicious. Also, an ideal hangover drink or if you've indulged in a lot of rich food. And! It's so easy to make. You can mix up a big batch and have it on hand for whenever you need some nourishment. It's also amazing with gin if you find yourself off a cleanse and needing to calm down after doing taxes or having an existential crisis. Just sayin.   

Ginger Hibiscus Switchel || This healthy fermented drink recipe is super easy and uses only a few ingredients. Similar to kombucha and perfect for a summer mocktail or a detox! Add gin to make it a cocktail. || www.creamandhoney.ca
Ginger Hibiscus Switchel || This healthy fermented drink recipe is super easy and uses only a few ingredients. Similar to kombucha and perfect for a summer mocktail or a detox! Add gin to make it a cocktail. || www.creamandhoney.ca
Ginger Hibiscus Switchel || This healthy fermented drink recipe is super easy and uses only a few ingredients. Similar to kombucha and perfect for a summer mocktail or a detox! Add gin to make it a cocktail. || www.creamandhoney.ca
Ginger Hibiscus Switchel || This healthy fermented drink recipe is super easy and uses only a few ingredients. Similar to kombucha and perfect for a summer mocktail or a detox! Add gin to make it a cocktail. || www.creamandhoney.ca
Ginger Hibiscus Switchel || This healthy fermented drink recipe is super easy and uses only a few ingredients. Similar to kombucha and perfect for a summer mocktail or a detox! Add gin to make it a cocktail. || www.creamandhoney.ca
Ginger Hibiscus Switchel || This healthy fermented drink recipe is super easy and uses only a few ingredients. Similar to kombucha and perfect for a summer mocktail or a detox! Add gin to make it a cocktail. || www.creamandhoney.ca
Ginger Hibiscus Switchel || This healthy fermented drink recipe is super easy and uses only a few ingredients. Similar to kombucha and perfect for a summer mocktail or a detox! Add gin to make it a cocktail. || www.creamandhoney.ca
Ginger Hibiscus Switchel || This healthy fermented drink recipe is super easy and uses only a few ingredients. Similar to kombucha and perfect for a summer mocktail or a detox! Add gin to make it a cocktail. || www.creamandhoney.ca
Ginger Hibiscus Switchel || This healthy fermented drink recipe is super easy and uses only a few ingredients. Similar to kombucha and perfect for a summer mocktail or a detox! Add gin to make it a cocktail. || www.creamandhoney.ca

Benefits:

  • Raw apple cider vinegar: Good for almost everything ever. If you haven't been doing shots of apple cider vinegar for years and wishing they could taste better (and now it can!) then check out here the benefits of apple cider vinegar. It makes our bodies more alkaline, helps detoxify the liver, prevents heart burn/acid reflux, helps digestion, regulates blood sugar and so much more). It must be the raw unpasteurized kind from the health food stores. You want all that weird looking sediment at the bottom, just shake before pouring. (Good brands: BRAGG's, Eden, Filsinger's, Omega Nurtrition)
  • Ginger: anti-inflammatory, good for digestion + nausea, boosts immune system + helps fight infection, lowers blood sugar, + more. 
  • Honey: antibacterial, anti fungal, helps heal wounds, boosts immune system, good for heart burn + more. 
  • Hibiscus: high in vitamin C (boosts immune system), lowers blood pressure, cooling effect so it's good for fever and hot flashes. 
  • Mint: good for digestion + nausea, cooling effect, good for liver function, good for breath and inhibiting bacteria growth in mouth. Bonus! Apparently makes you fart less too.
  • Lime (optional): Vitamin C (boosts immune system), good for digestion, helps heartburn, anti-inflammatory, helps with constipation.

 

Ginger Hibiscus Switchel || This healthy fermented drink recipe is super easy and uses only a few ingredients. Similar to kombucha and perfect for a summer mocktail or a detox! Add gin to make it a cocktail. || www.creamandhoney.ca
Ginger Hibiscus Switchel || This healthy fermented drink recipe is super easy and uses only a few ingredients. Similar to kombucha and perfect for a summer mocktail or a detox! Add gin to make it a cocktail. || www.creamandhoney.ca

GINGER HIBISCUS SWITCHEL

the magic

inspiration:                my kombucha obsession

the feels:                    refreshing, slightly tart and sweet

eat with:                     a hangover, after exercise, heartburn, a                                             need for nourishment. Add gin or vodka to                                         make it a fun cocktail. 

might like if you're into:          kombucha, jun tea, all things                                                            fermented, detoxifying, hibiscus                                                        watermelon popsicles

 

the science

makes 4 cups of switchel || prep time: 5 minutes // steep time: 2 to 12 hours

ingredients:

  • 2 inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and sliced into coins or matchsticks
  • 5 tsp raw apple cider vinegar
  • 4 tbsp honey
  • 1/3 cup dried hibiscus (sorrel) flowers
  • handful of fresh mint leaves
  • 4 cups water
  • splash of soda water
  • optional: slice of lime 

method:

  1. In a litre mason jar or container with sealable lid, add fresh ginger, apple cider vinegar, honey, hibiscus and water. Seal lid and shake until honey is dissolved. Add mint leaves and reseal. Place in fridge for at least 2 hours and up to 12 hours (I usually leave mine overnight).
  2. Strain switchel after 8 to 12 hours (no more so that it doesn't over steep, it can get quite astringent if the hibiscus is in too long).
  3. Pour into glass over ice with an inch to spare. Add a splash of soda water to top up the glass. Add a slice of lime if desired. 

WATERMELON HIBISCUS LIME POPSICLES

Watermelon Hibiscus Lime Popsicles || Fresh + healthy ice pops made with all natural ingredients. Easy to make with no refined sugars! A perfect summer dessert and great for kids. Only six ingredients, plant based, dairy free + vegan. ||creamandhoney.ca

The first time I had agua de jamaica (pronounced hah-MY-kah) in Mexico, I was hooked. It was a vibrant deep red-purple, always made from scratch and tastes divinely tart and fruity. 

A few things I learned while living in Mexico...

 Always kiss people on the cheek upon greeting and parting ways. They love love.                             Arrive late to all things, it is basically expected.                                                                                                             The best tacos of your life are eaten on the street at 4 am after the bar.                                                               Green salsa may be hotter than red salsa. But red salsa may be hotter than green salsa. Depends on      the place. Taste them before adding to your food. Or be wild and don't.                                                 When you ask for directions, chances are they don't know. But they will gladly make something up      and send you wherever sounds right. (This might be part of why everyone's always late).                      Popsicles aka paletas are made with fresh fruit and there are shops devoted to just these.                  Agua de Jamaica with lime, always.                                                                                                                                     Watermelon juice with lime.                                                                                                                                 Tequila with lime. Not lemon. Lemons don't even grow in Mexico and if you try and ask for one, you   will get lime. And you will like it, dammit.                                                                                                                      Tacos with lime.                                                                                                                                                       Popcorn with lime. (For real–squeeze on some lime, pinch of salt + hot sauce, preferably Valentina).     Meat with lime.                                                                                                                                                                    Fruit with lime.                                                                                                                                                                      Lime with lime.                                                                                                                                                                Everything with lime! Forever and ever, and we all live happily ever after. 

These popsicles are an ode to two of my favourite aguas frescas from Mexico–Agua de Jamaica (hibiscus) and Agua de Sandia (watermelon). I made them not too sweet to focus on the freshness of the watermelon alongside with the tartness of hibiscus. 

Shopping Note: You can find dried hibiscus flowers at Latin grocery stores (aka flor de jamaica) or Caribbean shops (aka sorrel).

Watermelon Hibiscus Lime Popsicles || Fresh + healthy ice pops made with all natural ingredients. Easy to make with no refined sugars! A perfect summer dessert and great for kids. Only six ingredients, plant based, dairy free + vegan. ||creamandhoney.ca
Watermelon Hibiscus Lime Popsicles || Fresh + healthy ice pops made with all natural ingredients. Easy to make with no refined sugars! A perfect summer dessert and great for kids. Only six ingredients, plant based, dairy free + vegan. ||creamandhoney.ca
Watermelon Hibiscus Lime Popsicles || Fresh + healthy ice pops made with all natural ingredients. Easy to make with no refined sugars! A perfect summer dessert and great for kids. Only six ingredients, plant based, dairy free + vegan. ||creamandhoney.ca

Is it weird that I like how these photos remind me of blood spatter patterns and the intro to Dexter

Bonus–besides being tasty, watermelon is so good for you guys! Like crazy good. Check out these 25 science-backed health benefits of watermelon! Hibiscus also has healing properties. It is helpful for the heart, digestive system and contains vitamin C. Also, these popsicles turn your tongue bright red! Healthy and fun. You're welcome. 

Watermelon Hibiscus Lime Popsicles || Fresh + healthy ice pops made with all natural ingredients. Easy to make with no refined sugars! A perfect summer dessert and great for kids. Only six ingredients, plant based, dairy free + vegan. ||creamandhoney.ca
Watermelon Hibiscus Lime Popsicles || Fresh + healthy ice pops made with all natural ingredients. Easy to make with no refined sugars! A perfect summer dessert and great for kids. Only six ingredients, plant based, dairy free + vegan. ||creamandhoney.ca
Watermelon Hibiscus Lime Popsicles || Fresh + healthy ice pops made with all natural ingredients. Easy to make with no refined sugars! A perfect summer dessert and great for kids. Only six ingredients, plant based, dairy free + vegan. ||creamandhoney.ca
Watermelon Hibiscus Lime Popsicles || Fresh + healthy ice pops made with all natural ingredients. Easy to make with no refined sugars! A perfect summer dessert and great for kids. Only six ingredients, plant based, dairy free + vegan. ||creamandhoney.ca

WATERMELON HIBISCUS LIME POPSICLES

t h e   m a g i c

i n s p i r a t i o n :                     Mexican aguas frescas + paletas

f e e l s :                                        fresh, cool, tart + sweet

e a t   w i t h :                              fresh fruit juices, sparkling water, horchata, margaritas + friends 

m i g h t   l i k e   i f   y o u ' r e   i n t o :           heat waves, sunny days, soothing sore throats, garnets +                                                                                            rubies, summer vacation, pool lounging, slip and slides

t h e   s c i e n c e 

makes approximately 8 popsicles

i n g r e d i e n t s :

  • 1/4 cup dried hibiscus flowers 
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 10 mint leaves
  • 2 tbsp honey or agave
  • 5 cups cubed watermelon (approximately 1/2 a small watermelon)
  • 2 tbsp lime juice, freshly squeezed

m e t h o d :

  1. In a medium saucepan add the water and hibiscus flowers and bring to a boil. Immediately remove from heat, add mint leaves and honey and stir until dissolved. Let mixture sit for 20-30 minutes to steep.
  2. Meanwhile, blend watermelon in a blender until smooth. Strain watermelon through cheesecloth so that only the juice remains. 
  3. Pour hibiscus mixture through a strainer to remove all the flower and mint leaves. Pour watermelon juice into hibiscus mixture. Add lime juice and stir.
  4. Pour into popsicle molds and freeze. 

Health Benefits of Watermelon by Well-beingsecrets.com