‘Tis the season for making Fire Cider, a delicious way to stoke the flame of your digestive and immune systems to stay healthy and warm this season. It takes a few weeks to concentrate, but once it’s strained it will keep in the fridge for at least a month. Use it as garnish to spice up a dish before serving, or toss with salad or roasted veggies. During cold and flu season I take a straight teaspoon every day for prevention, and more frequently if fighting a cold. The herbs and spices in this recipe are powerful anti-inflammatories, antiviral and antimicrobial, and raw honey is known for stimulating a healthy immune response.
Fire Cider is a bit of an acquired taste and looks a little gnarly in the jar, but I promise it is worth getting used to. Last year I made a giant batch and gave a jar to everyone on my list (much to the dismay of some, I'm sure!). Now, even Martha Stewart makes Fire Cider!
HOMEMADE FIRE CIDER RECIPE from Mountain Rose Herbs
- 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
- 2 Tbsp. of dried rosemary leaves
- 1 Tbsp. organic turmeric powder
- 1/4 tsp. organic cayenne powder
- organic apple cider vinegar
- 1/4 cup of raw local honey, or to taste
- Prepare your roots, fruits, and herbs and place them in a quart-sized glass jar. If you've never grated fresh horseradish, be prepared for a powerful sinus-opening experience!
- Pour the apple cider vinegar in the jar until all of the ingredients are covered and the vinegar reaches the jar's top.
- Use a piece of natural parchment paper under the lid to keep the vinegar from touching the metal, or a plastic lid if you have one. Shake well.
- Store in a dark, cool place for a month and remember to shake daily.
- After one month, use cheesecloth to strain out the pulp, pouring the vinegar into a clean jar. Be sure to squeeze as much of the liquidy goodness as you can from the pulp while straining.
- Next comes the honey. Add and stir until incorporated.
- Taste your cider and add more honey until you reach the desired sweetness.
Next up: Elderberry Syrup!