Here’s traditional folk's way to drink to your health. Fiery, potent, and ready to kick cold season’s butt, fire cider is a super spicy tonic with powerful healing and anti-inflammatory sensations. It may help support digestion, keep away seasonal colds and flus, boost circulation, and aide in breaking up sinus infections.
Fire cider is a folk remedy for health and healing used for generations. Its ingredients depend on when you make it and what's growing around you. This blend of healthful and nutrient-packed ingredients form a potent punch that is immune-supporting, naturally antibacterial, antiviral, congestion clearing, and warming.
The typical base is made up of
unpasteurized apple cider vinegar,
dried echinacea root,
citrus fruits such as lemon or orange, and
herbs and spices like parsley, cilantro, thyme, oregano, and rosemary for an extra kick.
Fire cider has been trademarked by Shire City Herbals who bottles and sells fire cider in stores. It says its organic herbal tonic is made to help “restore, stimulate, or invigorate the body” all while promoting health and wellbeing.
However, fire cider is not a ready-to-drink beverage. This tonic is meant to be taken in small amounts or added to water, tea, or juice, or even used in other recipes.
Here are some ways to reap the benefits of this fiery tonic.
Add to salad dressings.
Use as a marinade for vegetables, tempeh, chicken, or meat.
Drizzle onto sautéed greens and warm salads.
Add a splash to juice or tea.
Make a spicy wellness shot: pour one-ounce fire cider in a shot glass and drink. Bottoms up!
Mix with hot water and honey to make a tonic tea.
Add to soups, stews, and chilies.
Add a splash in a cocktail, to use in place of a drinking shrub or bitter.
Homemade fire cider needs to sit three to six weeks to reach its full potential.
3 cups unpasteurized apple cider vinegar
½ cup peeled and chopped horseradish
½ cup peeled and chopped ginger
½ cup peeled and chopped turmeric
½ cup peeled and chopped garlic
1 large onion peeled and chopped
1 orange peeled and sliced
1 lemon peeled and sliced
1 jalapeno sliced
2-3 tablespoons chopped fresh herbs (oregano parsley, thyme, etc.)
¼ cup raw honey
Place all herbs, spices, roots, and fruits into a large mason jar.
Fill jar with apple cider vinegar (you can buy it in our shop here), covering all ingredients completely.
Seal the jar tightly. If using a metal lid, place a piece of parchment paper in between lid and vinegar to prevent corrosion. Shake mixture well.
Let the jar sit for three to six weeks, shaking at least two to three times per week.
Strain vinegar mixture into a clean jar and discard herbs. Stir in raw honey, and add more to taste if necessary.
Store fire cider in refrigerator in a sealed jar where it will keep for a year.