Fire Cider

New batch of Fire Cider... yowza!

I’ve become a fan of fire cider because sometimes you just need that little extra something to kick start and support your body. There are quite a few recipes out there, so I’ve mixed and matched some of them to formulate one that I feel good about for flavor and the immune busting properties.

Everything in this mixture supports immune function, as well as provides fungicidal, antiviral, antibiotic, and antiseptic properties.



  • 1 sm. Onion sliced thin or chopped.
  • 15 cloves of garlic, peeled and crushed (I also cut them in half)
  • 1 jalapeno, chopped or thinly sliced
  • 1 habanero, chopped or thinly sliced
  • ½ c. fresh ginger root, sliced, grated or minced in a small food processor
  • ½ c. fresh horseradish root, grated, chopped or minced in a small food processor
  • zest of one lemon and one orange
  • juice of one lemon or orange
  • two sprigs of fresh rosemary
  • Apple Cider Vinegar (I like Bragg’s, this time though I used a local brew from Vermont Farm)


FireCider 2Prepare all ingredients and add them to a quart jar. I had every intention of making beautiful layers but it just didn’t come out that way. Then cover everything with apple cider vinegar.

Seal with the lid, either using a plastic (bpa free) or glass lid. If you don’t have that then be sure to put wax paper to keep the metal from the ingredients. Shake well. Place in a cool, dry location for about one month. Check in on it daily and give a little shake (to the jar) (:

After about a month, place a cheesecloth or linen in a strainer and strain into a bowl. Squeeze out any juice stuck in the cloth and ingredients. At this point you can either add honey (about 1/4 cup) to the whole mixture or leave as is and add honey when you drink it. Remember to use raw honey, and remember that honey has some amazing immune supportive properties so don’t be afraid to use it.

You can either take your fire cider by the Tbsp full when you feel up for a boost, or you can put it in a cup of warm water and sip like tea. That’s my preferred method. It’s warming, soothing, and surprisingly tasty.

Fire Cider was an original creation of Rosemary Gladstar, an amazing herbalist, author, and all around Wisewoman, but now recipes and references can be found in many places on the internet. (Rosemary Gladstar is always my first go-to for herbal information)