Water for Hay-Makin’

It’s time for another all ages Thirsty Thursday drink. I’m revisiting my favorite non-fictional, fictional world for this one: the Little House books.  (That’s an affiliate link right there.)
In The Long Winter, Pa and the girls need to bring in the hay. It’s hard, hot work and drinking ice cold water from the well would make everyone feel super icky. So, Ma surprises them with ginger water. Also called a shrub or switchel, this particular ginger water is a sweet-tangy drinking vinegar. Laura’s ma would’ve used dried ground ginger, but you could use fresh ginger root to infuse the drink. I also recommend homemade or organic vinegar.

I used the recipe found in The Little House Cookbook: Frontier Foods from Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Classic Stories (affiliate link) that combines brown sugar, ginger, and cider vinegar with cold water. You could substitute other types of sugar. You could even leave it out if you want a tangier drink.

J-man and I thought this was tasty and a nice change of pace. Give it a try this summer. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

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