Mother Root Ginger Switchel

Different, confident, fiery and I love it

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Given that vinegar is traditionally a flavouring for salty and savoury food, it may seem very  counter-intuitive to use it as a drink, but vinegar used as a means to flavour and ferment drinks has a well-established history.  Many nineteenth century American recipe books give recipes for raspberry or blackberry shrubs (fruit fermented with vinegar), Constance Spry recommends ‘shrub’ as a good drink for shooting parties,  and the children’s classic What Katy Did includes a vinegar drink as an ingredient for a children’s picnic:

‘The “something delicious” proved to be weak vinegar-and-water. It was quite warm, but somehow, drunk up there in the loft, and out of a bottle, it tasted very nice

Mother Root describe their drink not as a shrub but as a switchel – the traditional name for a non-fruit drink made of vinegar and water, often flavoured with ginger.  In the world of non-alcoholic drinks where most makers look to herbs and spices to add flavour, it’s an interesting alternative that stands out from all the gin-substitutes. The smell can be disconcerting, because the vinegar very much hits the nose ahead of the other ingredients, with reminders of seaside fish and chips.  In the mouth however, it’s a rounded, complex and surprisingly sophisticated drink.  The saliva-inducing acidity of the vinegar is complemented by a pleasingly strong kick of ginger, backed up with chilli.  These high-strength flavours are eased and completed with the warmth and sweetness of honey and a touch of apple and the whole results in a punchy, confident drink, that feels as if your mouth is being given a good seeing to by some bold ingredients.   As one Amazon reviewer puts it, it delivers the buzz without the booze. It is probably fair to say this is a bit of a Marmite drink – its 4.2 Amazon rating is achieved by some very enthusiastic ratings, and a single one star –  but I loved it. It’s different, a little challenging and very exciting to drink. The squat brown bottle has the vague look of containing something that should be administered to sickly children from a spoon.  I’m happy to queue up for my medicine – this is something I’ll be buying again.


Makers Notes

Our Ginger Switchel is a feel-good elixir made for re-energising, lifting the mood, and sparking conversations that go late into the night. Fiery and fresh, this ginger drink is reminiscent of a ginger beer, but with extra layers of complexity, and a warming finish. Notes of Ginger, blossom, fermented apples and citrus leap from the glass. This is a re-energising drink that will lift your mood.

Tasting Notes

  • Colour: Ginger beer
  • Nose: Prickly ginger
  • Taste: Fiery punch
  • Finish: Long and lingering

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Other Drinkers' Ratings

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Mother Root Ltd
Bottle size (ml)
Gluten Free
Calories Kcal/100ml
Ginger beer
Principal ingredients
Apple Cider Vinegar, Blossom honey, ginger juice, ginger extract, capsicum extract.
fiery ginger
Yes, natural sugars from the honey
Shelf Life
Refrigerate and consume within 28 days


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