Immune Boosting Fire Cider

Fire cider is filled with immune boosting ingredients to help you ward off cold and flu, and it’s fun and simple to make. While there are endless variations, our favorite ingredients to include are:

  • 1/2 cup fresh grated ginger root
  • 1/2 cup fresh grated horseradish root (be warned, fresh grated horseradish is pungent and sinus-opening).
  • 8-10 garlic cloves, crushed or chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 jalapeno or 1 habanero quartered
  • 1 orange, quartered and thinly sliced crosswise
  • Zest and juice from 1 organic lemon
  • 1/4 cup peeled and diced turmeric (or 1 Tbsp. turmeric powder)
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped rosemary (or 2 tsp. dried)
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped thyme (or 2 tsp. dried)
  • 1 tsp. black peppercorns
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne powder
  • 2 to 3 cups raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup raw honey, or more to taste
  1. Place all of the vegetables, fruits, herbs, and spices in a clean 1-quart jar.
  2. Add your apple cider vinegar up to the top of the jar (all your ingredients should be completely covered).
  3. Cap the jar. If using a metal lid, be sure to place a piece of parchment between the jar and lid. You will want to change this out about once a week.
  4. Shake well!
  5. Let the jar sit for 3 to 6 weeks, ideally giving it a daily shake.
  6. Strain the vinegar into a clean jar, and add honey to taste. (Stare with 1/4 cup and whisk the honey in well. If it is not sweet enough, continue to add and whisk 1 Tbsp. at a time until desired sweetness is reached.
  7. Refrigerate and use within a year.

Fire Cider can be taken straight by the spoonful (this is especially useful when you feel a cold coming on!), diluted with water or in fresh fruit or vegetable juice, drizzled on salads or used as a healthful marinade. It is delicious and warming added to a cup of herbal tea with lemon and additional honey, and fire cider can be very refreshing when added to seltzer with a splash of fresh citrus and a sprig of rosemary. You can even save the fire cider pulp and mix it in with lots of seasonal veggies for an immune boosting stir fry. Enjoy!