Make Your Own Fire Cider

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Some like it hot, and others get caught out by surprise (as you’ll see at the end…)

This hot and sweet, zesty, vinegary recipe is a popular herbal folk remedy, and the reason why is the apple cider vinegar infused with the spicy herbs, that makes it really very powerful, a mild tranquilizer, and an anti-inflammatory.

Drinking a shot of Firecider is an easy and effective way to boost natural health processes, it stimulates digestion, and leaves you nice and warmed up on a cold winter’s day. 

What is fire cider

Fire Cider is a tonic produced by steeping citrus, ginger, garlic, onions, horseradish, turmeric, and habanero peppers in apple cider vinegar for four to six weeks or more.

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fire cider Recipe

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.

Equipment

2000 mL (4-8 cups) Preserving glass jar

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 inches fresh organic ginger root (grate)

  • 1/4 cup organic horseradish root powder or fresh

  • 1 medium organic onion, chopped

  • 8 cloves of organic garlic, crushed or chopped

  • Zest and juice from 1 organic lemon

  • 2 Tbsp. of dried rosemary leaves

  • 1 Tbsp. organic turmeric powder

  • 1 Tbsp. dried organic chili

  • 1/4 tsp. organic cayenne powder

  • organic apple cider vinegar

  • 1/4 cup of raw honey, or to taste

Instructions:

  1. Prepare your roots, fruits, and herbs and place them in a quart-sized glass jar.

  2. Pour the apple cider vinegar in the jar until all of the ingredients are covered and the vinegar reaches the jar's top.

  3. 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.

  4. Shake well.

  5. Store in a dark, cool place for a month and remember to shake daily.

  6. After one month, use cheesecloth to strain out the pulp, pouring the vinegar into a clean jar.

  7. Add the honey and stir or shake until incorporated.

  8. Taste

Herbal Ingredient Variations

These organic herbs and spices would make a wonderful addition to your Fire Cider creations.

Thyme, Horseradish Root Powder, Rosehips, Star Anise, Schisandra Berries, Astragalus, Parsley , Burdock, Oregano, Peppercorns, Beet Root Powder, Habanero Powder, Bird's Eye Chili Powder, Whole Chili Peppers, Orange, Grapefruit, Lime peels/or juice.


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