Whew! It's gonna be a hot one today.

This is a day to seek shade often and to stay hydrated.

One way to cool down is by drinking Swizzel.Ever heard of it? It's also known as Hay Maker's Punch, Switchel or Switzel. Basically it's the homemade and early day version of Gatorade.

It's a refreshingly mildly sweet citrus-ginger based drink that not only quenches your thirst but also helps to restore the vitamins and minerals your body sweats out in the heat.

According to Wikipedia, it "originated in the Caribbean, and had become a popular summer drink in the American Colonies in the late 17th century. By the 19th century, it had become a traditional drink to serve to thirsty farmers at hay harvest time, hence the nickname haymaker's punch."

It's really quiet tasty and although it has Apple Cider vinegar in it, you can't taste it. The slight ginger and sugar sweetness is what you taste.

My Mom made this on days when it was really hot and if we were out working hard in the garden or mowing. (My parents have over 3 acres to take care of.)

I made a pitcher of it last night (as seen in the featured picture.)

Here's the recipe if you'd like to make some.

Swizzel / Hay Maker's Punch

1 Cup Sugar

1 tsp. Apple Cider Vinegar

1 tsp. Ginger

1/4 cup of Lemon Juice

8 Cups of Water

* Add all ingredients into a 2 quart pitcher, stir and enjoy.