The old-fashioned farmer's refresher mixed with spirits at Brooklyn's Prospect restaurant
While learning how to properly brine and prepare a Thanksgiving turkey during a cooking class at the new Prospect restaurant in Brooklyn we also had the pleasure of discovering Switchel, an "American heritage" beverage from Vermont. The restaurant serves up this variation of the vaguely sweet, vinegar-based refresher as a mixer—it pairs best with rum—and the beverage's enigmatic blend of refined ginger, apple cider vinegar, Vermont maple syrup and water tastes like the perfect seasonal compliment to a Thanksgiving meal. Founded by Garret Riffle and Ely Key at Borderline Farm in South Londonderry, Switchel the brand was born from a recipe originally created by farmers to quench their thirst during hay harvest season, now produced with all local ingredients and bottled in craft mason jars.
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