Anyone ever try posca?

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Anyone ever try posca?

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I was watching the Metatron's channel a while ago and he mentioned posca as like a Roman Gatorade. He mentioned, while there are no known recipes, that it was usually made by either watering down wine or wine vinegar with some herbs added. While I was preparing my waterskin for my trek before last, I couldn't help noticing the bottles of wine we had close by. I got a crazy idea and added some cab sau to my skin. While out on the trail, the taste did make things a little easier to drink. Not that I ever had any problems drinking water, but it made it easier to go down. I also noticed I seemed to have a little more endurance. Can't quite explain that one; either my stamina is returning or the posca did something. I tried it on my last trek too and the results were the same. I found a better recipe online and I'm going to try that one out with things like honey and coriander added. I'll keep you posted on how that one goes.

I have heard about cordials some carry for energy. Are those similar? Does anyone have any experience or stories? Recipes? Maybe just a beverage while patrolling thread?
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I did red wine vinegar mixed with water for a few days at the fire station, and it honestly felt like it did hydrate me fairly well, just make sure you get the mixture right so it isn’t too strong
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Posca no, but switchel yes - which sounds like much the same thing, albeit with more northerly ingredients. It's just the thing for a hot day, provided as Erfaron says it's not too strong.The vinegar can really cut through your thirst - or turn your stomach if there's too much.
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I've done cold herbal teas - usually mint and sage - but I don't know if I've tried this before. I've got a short hike scheduled this Monday, so I'll give it a try then.
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I like to add lemon juice to my water if its going to be a warm one.
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I took two bottles of a similar mixture on my latest hike - all day, about 14 miles total. Mint-sage tea (from garden-grown herbs) with some white wine vinegar and honey stirred in. Not overpowering, but tangy enough to tickle a thirsty throat. Still, very refreshing, and I drank the last mouthful with some regret. I find it one of the best hiking drinks I have yet tried.

Once they ran out, I had a mix of lemon juice powder and sugar that I poured into a refilled bottle and shook up. Lemonade is almost as good. Maybe next time I'll cut way back on the sugar.
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