If you like creating cold remedies right at home with ingredients from your garden or pantry, you’ll enjoy this recipe for “Fire Cider.” Adapted from a recipe created by herbal remedy pioneer Rosemary Gladstar, this concoction is sure to scare off any germs you might encounter throughout the upcoming cold and flu season.
My favorite part about this recipe is that I usually don’t have to look very hard to find the ingredients to make it – many of them are already in my pantry! This recipe involves allowing the ingredients to steep for a long time, so if you start brewing your Fire Cider now, it will be ready just in time to prepare you for the cold season ahead.
You’ll need: 1 medium-large mason jar or other vessel with a tight lid (recycled sauce or jam jars work just fine) 1/4th cup chopped white onion about 2 heaping tablespoons grated horseradish root 1/4th cup ginger, peeled and diced 1 heaping tablespoon chopped garlic 2-3 cayenne peppers enough apple cider vinegar to cover the ingredients
*You are more than welcome to use more free-form measurements of the ingredients, altering them to your taste.
Layer all of your herbal ingredients in the jar, with the cayenne peppers on top. Next, add enough apple cider vinegar to just cover the ingredients. Cover the jar and allow everything to steep for up to a month. At the end of the month, strain the liquid and discard the herbal material. Mix in several tablespoons of honey with the cider vinegar liquid, and voila! Fire Cider!
Simple, fiery, and effective. Take a spoonful of this sweet and spicy concoction on its own every day to prevent colds, or stir into a warm mug of fresh apple cider.