Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Summertime Haymaker's Punch with a Lyme Twist

Well, actually- the old fashioned term is switchel, or switchy, or swizzle, or ginger-water. 

It has a fun background- you can read more about it's history and variations at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Switchel

In my search for something refreshing, and a bit fun- in my highly limited world of eating and drinking-  I looked over a number of switchel recipes and came up with my own adaption. 

For a sweetner I use Stevia, as it is a recommended sweetner for most Lyme Fighters- but you could figure out your own substitute (maybe even molasses).... 

Here it is:

Cynthia's Switchel

8 cups cold water

8 tsp of Stevia powder (may have to play with this depending on the brand of Stevia you use; I use Stevia in the Raw)  

1/3 cup Apple Cider Vinegar (Bragg's Brand)

1 teaspoon of ginger powder (or for a bigger kick:  get fresh ginger root, peel, and chop 1TBSP to 1/4 cup of fresh ginger root)

Place all ingredients in a covered glass container- keep refrigerated. 

OOooolala!  It is so good!  Pretty soon friends will ask to have what you're havin' instead of you wishing you had what they have! 

Meanwhile-  for the best refreshment of all, regularly dip from the well of Living Water- the Word of God. 

John 4: 7-30
7 There *came a woman of Samaria to draw water. Jesus *said to her, “Give Me a drink.”
8 For His disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.

9 Therefore the Samaritan woman *said to Him, “How is it that You, being a Jew, ask me for a drink since I am a Samaritan woman?” (For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.)
10 Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.”

11 She *said to Him, “[b]Sir, You have nothing to draw with and the well is deep; where then do You get that living water? 12 You are not greater than our father Jacob, are You, who gave us the well, and drank of it himself and his sons and his cattle?”

13 Jesus answered and said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again; 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.”

15 The woman *said to Him, “[c]Sir, give me this water, so I will not be thirsty nor come all the way here to draw.” 16 He *said to her, “Go, call your husband and come here.”

17 The woman answered and said, “I have no husband.” Jesus *said to her, “You have correctly said, ‘I have no husband’; 18 for you have had five husbands, and the one whom you now have is not your husband; this you have said truly.”

19 The woman *said to Him, “[d]Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet. 20 Our fathers worshiped in this mountain, and you people say that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.”

21 Jesus *said to her, “Woman, believe Me, an hour is coming when neither in this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father. 22 You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews.

23 But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers. 24 God is [e]spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”

25 The woman *said to Him, “I know that Messiah is coming (He who is called Christ); when that One comes, He will declare all things to us.” 26 Jesus *said to her, I who speak to you am He.”

27 At this point His disciples came, and they were amazed that He had been speaking with a woman, yet no one said, “What do You seek?” or, “Why do You speak with her?”

28 So the woman left her waterpot, and went into the city and *said to the men, 29 “Come, see a man who told me all the things that I have done; this is not [f]the Christ, is it?”

30 They went out of the city, and were coming to Him.

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