Dave ran across an old recipe the other day for something called Switchel, or Haymakers Punch. Apparently it was the Gatorade of its day, back in the late 1800's and early 20th century. I asked my mom, who grew up on a working midwestern farm in the 30's-40's and while she thought she had heard of it, she had never given it out to the workers in their fields. Her job as a kid during harvest, was to ride her horse out to the fields with ice water for the men. They kept a lemon in a pocket if they liked lemon-water, and bit it before each drink.
I decided to make some Switchel today. Here it the recipe I used, garnered from the net. It sounds awful, but it actually tastes pretty good! I expect after it ages in the fridge a bit, it will be better.
6 C water
3/4 C cider apple vinegar
1 1/2 t powdered ginger (Penzeys)
1/3-1/2 C honey
1/8 C Brer Rabbit Molasses
Mix it all up in a large pitcher until all the honey is dissolved. Store in the fridge for at least 2 hrs before drinking. Add more sweetener if needed. Serve over ice.