Fire Cider

firecider

While we’re staying at home, it’s SO important to take breaks from our work or other responsibilities and use our creative energy.  A few weeks ago, our own Angela Douglas reminded me of FIRE CIDER.  And today, I thought I’d share it with you.  Fire Cider is a traditional folk remedy for cold and flu season. It’s a pungent and sweet vinegar extract of powerful immune-boosting, anti-inflammatory, anti-viral and circulatory herbs and vegetables that support lung health and proper digestion. Preparing Fire Cider is a creative, empowering and sensorial endeavor – the smells, the colors, and all the good-witchery. Enjoy!
Fire Cider Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 10 cloves of garlic, crushed or chopped
  • 2 jalapeno peppers, chopped
  • Zest and juice from 1 lemon
  • 1/2 cup fresh grated ginger root (or ginger root powder)
  • 1/2 cup fresh grated horseradish root (or horseradish powder)
  • 1 Tbsp. turmeric powder
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne powder
  • 2 Tbsp. of dried rosemary leaves
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup of raw, local honey, or to taste

* organic is best, if you can.

Directions

  • 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.

And PLEASE, let us know if you make a batch!