Fire Cider

Fire Cider is a great tonic to make during the winter to fight off colds and stay healthy. Fire cider is a traditional folk remedy that’s an immune-boosting, anti-inflammatory, anti-congestant, circulatory moving apple cider vinegar infusion, or tincture. All the ingredients are rough measurements, as they can be adjusted to taste.

You need:
A large jar
Unfiltered, raw apple cider vinegar
Garlic – 1-2 bulbs
Onions – 1 medium
Ginger – 1 small root
Horseradish – 1 small root
1 Lemon, juiced
Turmeric root – 1-2 small roots or 1 tablespoon of powder
Rosemary – a few sprigs
Spicy pepper – 1-2, depending on how hot the pepper is and your tolerance to spice
Raw honey – 1 tablespoon
A few cloves

I put a couple cloves in to increase the anti-bacterial power of the fire cider, but being a folk remedy, really you can add or subtract whatever you want into the cider, as long as you get some garlic, ginger, hot peppers, and onions into it. Some good herbs to try out are thyme, peppercorns, cinnamon, burdock, oregano, ginseng, astragalus, and cayenne.


1. Chop up all the ingredients – not too much hot pepper or it will be undrinkable. Fill the jar to the top with ingredients.
2. Pour the raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar into the jar until it is full. Add a tablespoon or two of raw honey.
3. Seal tightly, label, and let stand for a month, shaking every few days.
4. Strain out the chopped ingredients and store the vinegar in a cool, dark place. You can also stir in more raw honey at this point, to taste.
5. Take a spoonful daily as a shot, or mix with water, more raw honey, and lemon, or use it on salads and other foods.
6. The strained chopped ingredients can be used like pickles in stir fries, spring rolls, soups, or however you like.