Fire tonics (tradtionally known as “fire cider”) are a popular folk remedy. The tasty combination
of vinegar infused with powerful spices makes this recipe especially pleasant and easy
to incorporate into your daily diet to help maintain natural health processes like digestion,
and to 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 spicy peppers, but there are plenty
of other herbs that can be thrown in for added kick.
Some people like to bury their fire cider
jar in the ground for a month while it extracts and then dig it up during a great feast to
celebrate the changing of the seasons.
Thyme, horseradish root powder, star anise, schisandra berries, astragalus, burdock root,
oregano, peppercorns, beet root powder, habanero powder, bird’s eye chili powder, whole
chili peppers, orange, grapefruit, and lime.
• 1/2 cup fresh grated organic ginger root
• 1/2 cup fresh grated organic horseradish root
• 1 medium organic onion, chopped
• 10 cloves of organic garlic, crushed or chopped
• 2 organic jalapeno peppers, chopped
• Zest and juice from 1 organic lemon
• Several sprigs of fresh organic rosemary or 2
Tbsp of dried rosemary leaves
• 1 Tbsp organic turmeric powder
• 1/4 tsp organic cayenne powder
• 1/2 to 1 quart organic apple cider vinegar
• 1/4 to 1/2 raw local honey to taste
Prepare all of your ingredients. If you’ve never grated fresh horseradish, be prepared for a powerful sinus-opening experience! Place all roots, fruits, and herbs into a 1-quart glass jar.
Then fill jar with vinegar. Use a piece of natural parchment paper in between the jar mouth and
lid to keep vinegar from corroding the metal (or use a plastic lid if you have one). Shake well!
Store in a dark, cool place for one month and remember to shake daily.
After one month, use cheesecloth to strain out pulp, pouring vinegar into a clean jar. Be sure to
squeeze as much of the liquid goodness as you can from the pulp while straining. Next comes
the honey! Add 1/4 cup of honey and stir until incorporated.
Taste your cider and add another 1/4 cup until you reach the desired sweetness.