Fire Cider

Fire Cider

recipe

Fire Cider

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup freshly grated ginger root
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated horseradish root
  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped
  • 5 cloves of garlic, crushed or chopped
  • 1 organic jalapeño peppers, chopped
  • 1/2 lemon, zest and juice
  • 2 Tablespoons dried rosemary leaves (or 4 springs fresh)
  • ½ Tablespoon turmeric powder or 1 Tablespoons freshly grated turmeric root
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne powder
  • organic unfiltered apple cider vinegar
  • 1/8 cup raw honey, or to taste (maple syrup/agave for vegan option)

Instructions

  1. Add ginger, horseradish, onion, garlic, jalapeño peppers, lemon zest and juice, rosemary, turmeric and cayenne powder into quart-sized glass jar.
  2. Pour apple cider vinegar in the jar until all the ingredients are fully covered and the vinegar reaches the top of the jar. You want to be sure all the ingredients are covered to prevent spoilage.
  3. Use a piece of natural parchment paper under the lid to keep the vinegar from touching the metal, or use a plastic lid if you have one.
  4. Shake jar to combine all the ingredients and store in a dark, cool place for 4-6 weeks, remembering to shake the jar a few seconds every day.
  5. After one month, use a mesh strainer or cheesecloth to strain out the solids, pouring the vinegar into a clean jar. Be sure to squeeze out as much of the liquid as you can. This stuff is liquid gold! The solids can be used in a stir-fry or you can compost/discard them.
  6. Add honey to the liquid and stir until incorporated.
  7. Taste your fire cider and add more honey if needed until you reach your desired sweetness.
  8. Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator or in a cold, dark place.
  9. Drink 1-2 Tablespoons when needed.

Notes

This tonic will need to steep for 4 to 6 weeks to achieve maximum results.

Apple-cider vinegar is a great digestive aid. 

Horseradish is the number-one herb for combating sinus congestion and headaches. It clears your sinuses better than anything; even when you’re just grating it, by the time you’re done, your sinuses are wide open. 

Ginger is a warming circulatory herb that’s wonderful for digestion. It also helps fight infection and is good for nausea. 

Garlic is the poor man’s penicillin. It has broad-spectrum antimicrobial and antibacterial properties and is an excellent aid for fighting infection. It also produces a heat that helps lower cholesterol. 

Onions have similar properties to garlic and are also good for colds and flus. 

Cayenne pepper is one of the best cardiovascular herbs. It helps your immune system mobilize and moves blood through the system. 

Honey is very soothing for inflamed tissues and organs, but its primary purpose is as a harmonizer or buffer. It helps blend all the flavors in fire cider and makes it palatable not just to your taste buds, but to your whole digestive system. 

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