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This Highbank Winter Switzel is a deliciously warming non-alcoholic tipple


By IMAGE Interiors & Living
24th Nov 2023
This Highbank Winter Switzel is a deliciously warming non-alcoholic tipple

Highbank Organic Farm just outside Kilkenny are known for their bountiful orchards and the many delicious products they create from them. Here, they share with us one of their favourite concoctions to make for a seasonal celebration.

In the autumn/winter 2022 issue of IMAGE Interiors, Cliona Prendergast takes a trip to Highbank Organic Farm in Kilkenny. Rod and Julie Calder-Potts have been working with the land for years to produce the highest quality apples, and create a range of delicious products from them, from cider vinegar to syrups.

Here, they share with us their recipe for a Highbank Winter Switzel. Wonderfully warming, it has the added bonus of being non-alcoholic, making it an ideal recipe to have on hand for any occasion.

Ingredients 

  • 2 inch piece of ginger, chopped
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 5 tbsp Highbank apple cider vinegar
  • 4 tbsp honey or Highbank apple syrup
  • a handful of dried hibiscus flowers
  • 450ml hot water

Method

  1. Add ginger, lemon juice, vinegar, honey/syrup, hibiscus and hot water into a jar.
  2. Tightly cover with a lid and shake vigorously until honey is dissolved. Loosen the lid and leave on the counter for 24-36 hours to ferment.
  3. Strain through a fine mesh sieve and bottle. Refrigerate for up to 1 month.
  4. Use half a glass of Switzel and top up with ice and cold water, seltzer or club soda. Makes a perfect non-alcoholic winter drink

Photography Cliona Prendergast