Fire Cider is a wonderful healing beverage first created by Rosemary Gladstar and her students. She has a wonderful book called, “Fire Cider” that is a cumulation of her recipe and many other variations by her fellow herbalists. It discusses the history of healing beverages and the benefits as well.
I have used her recipe from this book many times and added other ingredients such as elderberries, hibiscus and echinacea. Really, you can add anything you want to make it your own.
It’s a fun group project, for there is much slicing and dicing involved. My girlfriends and I have gathered to make big batches in the fall to help us ward away the seasonal colds and flues that reek havoc here in the Pacific Northwest winters.
Here is my recipes for the basic base. As I said, you can add to it whatever suits your fancy. I am using parts so you can make as much or as little as you like.
- 1 Part grated fresh horseradish root
- 1 Part chopped onions
- 1/2 Part minced garlic
- 1/2 Part grated ginger
- Fresh chopped cayenne peppers or dried cayenne pepper (to taste)
- Raw Organic Apple Cider Vinegar – enough to cover
Mix all the ingredient except the ACV together and place in a jar with a sealable lid. Cover with ACV by an inch and leave in a cool dark place for at least 3-4 weeks. I shake mine daily.
Strain out you solid ingredients through a cheese cloth lines strainer and bottle your liquid in a clean sterile container. Here’s where you can add some honey to mellow out the heat if you’d like. Place in fridge and drink a tablespoon daily. More if your coming down with something.
To your health!