From the Bar Soole: The Old Switcheroo

So what’s Switchel?

Switchel originated in the Caribbean using a base of ginger, molasses, apple cider vinegar, sugar & water. This refreshing drink was very popular in the American Colonies during the 17th Century.

Clive’s is putting Switchel on tap in May for their early Summer menu as it’s a great addition to cocktails and mixing. You can make your own at home with the recipe below, and play around with it in cocktails, like The Old Switcheroo.


1 oz Bulleit Bourbon
1 oz Calvados
1/2 oz Maraschino
Dashes of Extinct Chemical Co. Acid Phosphate
Top with Switchel

Build over ice and stir. Garnish with a mint sprig and a orange wheel.



1 quart water
½ cup (125mL) of Apple cider vinegar
1 ½ cups (375mL) sugar
2 3/4oz (82.5mL) light/fancy molasses
2oz freshly grated ginger

Combine 1 quart of water, the vinegar, sugar, molasses and giner and simmer, uncovered. Remove from heat, cover, and allow to cool for 30 mins. Pour slowly in a glass jug containing 2 ½ quarts of water. Top off with water to make a gallon.

~~ Drinks from the Bar Soole

Watch this space for more classic and modern cocktails from Shawn Soole – BarKeep extraordinaire, judge, writer, pioneer and all around nice chap. You can sit at Soole’s bar stool in Victoria’s Clive’s Classic Lounge.

Written By:

Treve Ring is a wine writer, editor, judge, consultant and certified sommelier, and has been with EAT Magazine for over a decade.\r\n\r\nIn addition to her work with EAT, she is a Wine Critic and National Judge for ...

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