Ginger Thirst Quincher {Cooking Through Little House}

Ma had sent them ginger-water. She had sweetened the cool well-water with sugar, flavored it with vinegar, and put plenty of ginger to warm their stomachs so they could drink till they were not thirsty. Ginger-water would not make them sick, as plain cold water would when they were so hot. Such a treat made that ordinary day into a special day, the first day that Laura helped in the haying. 
The Long Winter
I like to make this drink when the girls and I have been working hard in the garden, when it’s hot outside. It’s a perfect way to quench your thirst but without getting an upset stomach like Ma knew. I like to make other times as well because it’s so tasty!
Ginger Thirst Quencher
2 ½ quarts of water
3 inch long, ½ inch wide piece of ginger root, peeled
¼ cup of raw honey
¼ cup apple cider vinegar (with the mother)
In a saucepan bring water to a boil. Add the ginger root and simmer for 15 minutes. Turn off the heat and remove the ginger root. Stir in the honey until dissolved. Allow cooling on the counter or in the fridge. Once it is completely cool add the apple cider vinegar and pour into a 2-quart jar or two 1-quart jars. If there is any left over pour into a cup and enjoy right away. Place the jars in the fridge and drink within two weeks.This post is part of Simple Lives Thursday

More Cooking Through “Little House” recipes:

Hasty Pudding
Fried Apples and Onions


About Katie Mae Stanley

Katie Mae Stanley is the writer at Nourishing Simplicity, where the focus is on nourishing foods, herbal remedies, simple living and faith. Ethnic and Mid-west foods are always a favorite in her kitchen and on her blog. She is also the author of the book Steeped: Simple Nourishing Teas and Treats. Katie Mae spent 10 years as a missionary dorm "mama" for a gaggle (almost 40) of amazing deaf girls at a school for the deaf in Baja California, Mexico. Now she finds herself state side ready to embrace God's next adventure. A cup of tea or coffee and a bit of dark chocolate make an appearance at some point in any given day. You can connect with the Nourishing Simplicity community on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.


  1. Loves2spin, I hope you enjoy it! It’s one of my favorite drinks!

  2. This sounds very nice. Thank you. I will try it!

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