There is an age-old saying, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” I think the phrase should be: “A shot of fire cider tonic a day keeps the doctor AND sickness away!” I’ve gotten used to taking a shot of fire cider daily over the years and love how it tastes and makes my body feel! Some people like to take a shot of apple cider vinegar or eat ACV gummies each day, but I prefer fire tonic because it’s made with apple cider vinegar AND a ton of health-enhancing ingredients.
What Is Fire Cider?
Fire Cider is a herbal health tonic and folk remedy that helps boost your immune system, improve digestion, and prevent a cold or flu. It is a mixture of horseradish, turmeric, garlic, oranges, ginger, herbs, and peppers all fermented in apple cider vinegar. It was first popularized in the 1970s by herbalist Rosemary Gladstar and since has become a popular remedy used for generations!
Health Benefits of Fire Cider
- Apple Cider Vinegar contains anti-microbial properties which help kill bacteria and help lower blood sugar.
- Horseradish is naturally rich in antioxidants and helps reduce inflammation and improve respiratory health (especially when fighting a sinus infection).
- Hot peppers contain capsium which is high in vitamin C and iron and works to reduce inflammation, aid in weight loss, improve blood circulation, and improve bone health.
- Ginger contains gingerol, which has powerful medicinal properties. It’s packed with anti-bacterial properties that kill germs, and antioxidants that help alleviate nausea, reduce stomach pain, and reduce inflammation.
- Cinnamon has an array of benefits and is commonly used in Traditional Chinese Medicine. It contains anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties that help fight illness and disease.
- Honey has high anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and many antioxidants. It is great for improving digestive issues, soothing sore throats, and killing bacteria in the body.
- Most Fire cider recipes traditionally call for honey as an ingredient so we have listed it for non-vegans but as vegans we substitute with Black strap molasses or organic Grade B maple syrup.
Ingredients You Will Need:
- Apple Cider Vinegar: This is the base for the tonic. Make sure to use enough to cover all the ingredients, otherwise, the mixture will spoil.
- Fresh Horseradish: Use freshly grated and peeled horseradish. I like to slice a few pieces into dials to line the outside of the jar for a cool aesthetic look. (Keep in mind, that horseradish has a sharp, pungent smell that can potentially make your eyes water, especially when grated.)
- Ginger and Turmeric: Grate or slice it into dials. There is no need to peel the skin.
- Onion and Garlic: One onion is needed and about 1 whole garlic bulb.
- Orange and Lemon: Leave on the skin and slice.
- Hot Peppers: Any hot papers will work. Jalapeños work great. You can also use cayenne pepper.
- Fresh Herbs: Use fresh rosemary and thyme or a mixture of any of your favorite herbs.
- Cinnamon Sticks and Whole Black Peppercorns: Do not grind the spices. Add them to the mixture whole.
- Raw Honey or Vegan Liquid Sweetener: Once the mixture has fermented for about 3-4 weeks, strain it and sweeten it with liquid sweetener to your liking. We prefer to use organic black strap molasses or organic grade B local maple syrup when we make this throughout the winter at Shadle farm!
How To Make Fire Cider
- Grate the horseradish. Add it to a 1.5-2 qt sized jar along with the sliced ginger, turmeric, jalapenos, onion, orange, lemon, and garlic. Then, add the fresh herbs, cinnamon sticks, and peppercorns.
- Pour the apple cider vinegar into the jar, making sure all the ingredients are fully covered. Add more ACV as needed to cover the ingredients (this prevents the ingredients from spoiling).
- Seal the jar. Use a piece of parchment paper under the lid to keep the vinegar from touching the metal, or a plastic lid if you have one.
- Shake the jar to combine the ingredients and store the jar in a dark, cool place for up to 4 weeks. Remember to shake the jar once daily to mix the ingredients.
- After a month, use a fine-mesh strainer or cheesecloth to strain out the pulp and solid ingredients. Squeeze as much liquid out of the ingredients as you can.
- Stir in the honey or vegan substitute until it is incorporated. Taste and add more to reach your desired sweetness.
- Store sealed in an airtight jar. Keep in the refrigerator or in a dry, cool place for up to 6 months.
- Enjoy 1-2 tablespoons daily or use the fire tonic when cooking!
NOTE: Use your intuition regarding amounts and measurements of the ingredients in the fire cider! Depending on your tastes or how “medicinal” you want the tonic to be. You truly cannot go wrong!
Here’s to a healthy and truly #ZenNourished winter season.
Ami & Mark
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I am Ami. Passionate vegan & adventurer. As a healer, chef, animal lover, and longevity enthusiast, I’m here to explore every facet of life with you.