I only recently learned about the traditional folk recipe called Fire Cider, and I wish I had known about it sooner. It’s perfect for this time of year to warm the body and soul, while boosting your immune system and fighting off colds. Don’t let the combination of ingredients scare you – although there are certain common base ingredients, the recipe can be modified depending on your taste and what is readily available and in season. Traditionally, it was made using whatever was growing at the time, and the process of preparing it was a way to welcome the start of a new season.
So what is it?
Fire cider is an invigorating combination of herbs and spices, with the common base ingredients being apple cider vinegar, horseradish, garlic, onions, ginger, and hot peppers. The ingredients are added to a jar and left to sit for about a month (some say to let it sit longer to let it fully steep) — some even like to bury the jar outside, letting it absorb energy from the sun — the end result can be taken by the spoonful to warm the body and ward of sickness, clear the sinuses, and aid in digestion. It can also be added to hot water and served with lemon and honey as a tea, stirred into soups, or sprinkled on salads and other dishes. The flavor may not be for everyone, but I find it to be quite addicting! I’m sharing the recipe I used below, but this can certainly be altered to your liking using seasonal ingredients and herbs.
Have you ever made Fire Cider? Let me know, and share your recipe below!
Fills one 32 oz Mason jar.
2 cups apple cider vinegar
½ cup horseradish
½ cup garlic
½ cup onion
¼ cup ginger
1 tbsp black peppercorn
1 tbsp cayenne pepper
1 tbsp turmeric powder
Combine all ingredients in a Mason jar and place a piece of cheesecloth under the lid. Seal tightly, and store in a cool, dark place for one month. When ready, strain the liquid through the cheesecloth and consume as desired.
Some additional uses for fire cider include using it as a salve on sore muscles and joints, or even soaking a cloth in the liquid and placing on the forehead to sooth migraines!
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