Fire Cider is an immune-boosting health tonic. It stimulates the fire in your digestion, it is full of antimicrobial and antibacterial properties, it can alleviate sinus congestion, and promote blood circulation.
I have had this tonic before but this was the first time I made it at home. I had the brilliant idea of offering to make it for 7 of my close girlfriends as well (whats a few more onions and horseradish to chop?) Halfway through my prep and my husband and daughters went running out of the house, hands over noses, as if a apocalyptic stench descended upon our living room. I barely saw them leave as I could no longer see through the tears in my eyes… But an hour later, and some scented candles and all were happy again.
The gist is this;
fresh horseradish, garlic, onions, ginger, cayenne pepper, fresh hot peppers, fresh turmeric, lemon juice, fresh oranges, and raw apple cider vinegar (with the mother).
I checked around at different recipes, most all were the same. I ended up adapting my recipe from Mountain Rose Herbs. Use all organic ingredients.
1/2 c grated fresh ginger
1/2 c grated fresh horseradish
10 cloves of garlic, crushed or shopped
1 medium onion, chopped
2 inches of fresh turmeric root, chopped
2 fresh jalapeños, chopped
zest and juice from 1 lemon
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1 Orange, sliced
1 sprig of rosemary, or 1 tsp dried (optional)
1 or 2 drops of oregano oil (optional)
1 bottle of Raw apple cider
1/4 c raw, local honey (to sweeten at the end)
Add all ingredients into a mason-type jar. If using one with a metal lid, then place a small sheet of parchment between the liquid and lid. Stir or shake once every day for 4 to 6 weeks. Store in a dark and cool place. When ready to strain, use cheese cloth and squeeze all the juice out of the ingredients. Add honey until desired sweetness.
Continue to store in a cool and dark place, not in the fridge.
HOW TO TAKE:
Take a shot (about 1-2 Tablespoons) straight up.
It has been recommended that you can take up to 5 or 6 T per day when fighting a flu
Dilute the fire cider tonic with warm water, juice or apple cider.
Swap vinegar in a salad dressing for fire cider
Add to fried rice
Drizzle over steamed veggies.
Use as a marinade for tofu, meat, etc.
Add to soup or chili.
Use as a hangover cure.
Winter is on it’s way here in Switzerland, but I have Fire Cider to keep me warm.
Stay Healthy Everyone!