Homemade Fire Cider tastes good when made with just the right blend of sweet, spicy, sour, and pungent. Whether drank in a small shot glass daily as a tonic, or
taken by the teaspoonful throughout the day, Fire Cider is an immune booster that shouldn’t be ignored. Easy to make, this is Rosemary’s original recipe:
- ½ cup grated fresh horseradish root
- ½ cup or more fresh chopped onions
- ¼ cup or more chopped garlic
- ¼ cup or more grated ginger
- Chopped fresh or dried cayenne pepper ‘to taste’. Can be whole or powdered.
- The Fire Cider should not be so hot that it can’t be tolerated, it’s best for it to be a little milder than too hot, more cayenne pepper can always be added later, if desired.
- Raw apple cider vinegar, to cover
- Honey, to taste
In a half-gallon mason jar, add the horseradish, onion, garlic, ginger, and pepper. Pour in enough vinegar to cover the other ingredients by 3 to 4 inches. Seal the jar with a tight-fitting glass or plastic lid, and set aside in a warm place. Shake the jar every day to aid in maceration.
After 3 to 4 weeks, strain out the herbs and reserve the liquid. Warm the honey so it will mix in well, and add to the vinegar, to taste. The honey should help balance out the fiery ingredients.
Be sure to label the bottle with the date that it was completed. Fire Cider is best refrigerated, but it will keep for several months if stored in a cool pantry.
As time has passed, many have made changes to the recipe depending upon either their personal tastes or the desired results. For instance, those that are actively
fighting a cold may double the amount of horseradish in order to increase the decongestive properties. Others have found that different herbs give it a preferable taste.
Ingredients that some have added include:
- Turmeric – its most active compound, curcumin, has been shown to potentially prevent heart disease, Alzheimer’s and cancer while being a potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant meaning it may help relieve arthritis and other joint pain.
- Echinacea – has been shown to improve immunity, blood sugar, anxiety, relieve inflammation and improve skin health among other benefits.
- Cinnamon – is high in antioxidants and has several anti-inflammatory properties as well as potentially helps blood sugar levels and improves insulin sensitivity.
- Thyme – is known to be anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and rich in antioxidants and, as a dietary supplement, has been shown to relieve intestinal infections and skin conditions.
- Oregano – is rich in antioxidants, and contains compounds that may help fight bacteria as well as relieve symptoms of the common cold.
- Rosemary – another rich source of antioxidants, rosemary is thought to boost the immune system and improve blood circulation.
- Peppercorn – contains a chemical compound called piperine, which may be able to help prevent breast cancer tumors from developing.
A quick search online for Fire Cider recipes will provide optional ingredients and recommended measurements.