It’s the season for colds and flu and Fire Cider is a great remedy. Plus, it’s got enough kick that it can even replace coffee for some of our patients.
Fire Cider is a popular herbal folk remedy. The tasty combination of vinegar infused with herbs is an especially pleasant and easy way to boost natural health processes, stimulate digestion, and get you nice and warmed up on cold days.
Because this is a folk preparation, the ingredients can change from year to year depending on when you make it and what’s growing around you. The standard base ingredients are apple cider vinegar, garlic, onion, ginger, horseradish, and hot peppers, but there are plenty of other herbs that can be thrown in for added kick. This year there were lots of spicy jalapeños and vibrant rosemary in the garden, so we used those along with some organic turmeric powder and fresh lemon peel. Some people like to bury their fire cider jar in the ground for a month and then dig it up during a great feast to celebrate the changing of the seasons.
Fire Cider can be taken straight by the spoonful, added to organic veggie juice (throw in some olives and pickles — a non-alcoholic, health-boosting bloody mary!), splashed in fried rice, or drizzled on a salad with good olive oil. You can also save the strained pulp and mix it with shredded veggies like carrots, cabbage, broccoli, and fresh herbs to make delicious and aromatic stir-fries and spring rolls. We like to take a tablespoon each morning to help warm up or triple that if we feel the sniffles coming on.
This recipe originally appeared on Mountain Rose Herbs.
- 1/2 cup fresh grated organic ginger root
- 1/2 cup fresh grated organic horseradish root
- 1 medium organic onion chopped
- 10 cloves organic garlic crushed or chopped
- 2 organic jalapeno peppers chopped
- 1 Lemon juice and zest
- 2 tbsp dried rosemary leaves
- 1 tbsp Turmeric powder
- 1/4 tsp cayenne powder
- Apple cider vinegar to cover all ingredients
- 1/4 cup raw local honey or to taste
- Prepare your roots, fruits, and herbs and place them in a quart-sized glass jar. If you've never grated fresh horseradish, be prepared for a powerful sinus-opening experience!
- Pour the apple cider vinegar in the jar until all of the ingredients are covered and the vinegar reaches the jar's top.
- Use a piece of natural parchment paper under the lid to keep the vinegar from touching the metal, or a plastic lid if you have one. Shake well.
- Store in a dark, cool place for a month and remember to shake daily.
- After one month, use cheesecloth to strain out the pulp, pouring the vinegar into a clean jar. Be sure to squeeze as much of the liquidy goodness as you can from the pulp while straining.
- Next comes the honey. Add and stir until incorporated.
- Taste your cider and add more honey until you reach the desired sweetness.
besides all the excellent ingredients, we can use elderberries to make a most excellent
remedy to ward off colds and flus and such. I would suggest making the elderberries in
alcohol / or glycerine would be additional ways to prepare the elderberries
Could you provide me with some evidence based research for fire cider? It would be most helpful.
I’m not sure there’s a broad body of research on Fire Cider considering recipes might be variable. When you look at each ingredient individually it’s interesting to see how they might com together to promote immunity. For example traditionally fermented foods, like raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar, are well known for modulating the immune system by boosting pre- and probiotic in the diet. Garlic and onions have been long studied for its antimicrobial properties, as has ginger. And local raw honey is also known to help boost immunity and fight infection. It helps that it also tastes great!
Here are a few citations for reference: