In Laura Ingalls Wilder's book The Long Winter Ma serves Pa a drink called Ginger Water while he is bailing Hay. After some research, I found that this drink is all so called Haymaker's Punch. Basically it is the equivalent of a modern day energy drink.
The basic ingredients are ginger, apple cider vinegar and a sweetener (molasses, honey ,brown sugar or maple syrup.
The recipe goes like this:
Dissolve the sweetener (your choice, to taste) and 1 teaspoon of powdered ginger in 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar
Mix into 2 Quarts of water
"It's an acquired taste......like lemonade with an extra sour bite"