It’s important to stay healthy during cold and flu season. So, what should you use when your homemade lemon and honey cough drops aren’t enough? The answer is fire cider. Herbalists have used fire cider for decades to boost immune systems. Check out This traditional fire cider recipe for cold and flu season.
Ingredients (for a one-quart jar)
- Apple cider Vinegar (yup, we’re using ACV again!)
- 4 cloves of garlic
- 1 medium-size onion
- 4 tablespoons of grated horseradish
- 4 tablespoons of grated ginger
- Cayenne pepper, to taste
- Raw local honey, to taste
Use fresh and organic ingredients to make your fire cider. If you are a strict vegan, you can skip the honey.
- Finely chop the onion and garlic. Grate the horseradish and ginger. Tip: Using a food processor makes this step super easy.
- Add your ingredients to a quart-size glass jar.
- Pour apple cider vinegar into the jar until it is about three-fourths of the way full. The ingredients should be fully covered.
- Seal the jar with a rust-proof lid.
- Store the infusion at room temperature for one month, shaking daily. This prevents mold from growing on any floating ingredients. The shaking also helps the infusion process.
- Strain the liquid using a cheesecloth or fine mesh stainless steel strainer. Set the strained solids aside. Tip: Don’t throw away your yummy pickled garlic, ginger, horseradish and onion bits. Store in the fridge and use a spoonful of this mixture to add flavor to salads, cooked vegetables, and beans.
- Add honey and cayenne pepper to taste.
- Funnel the liquid into a glass bottle.
How to Use Fire Cider
The recommended daily dose of fire cider is 1-2 tablespoons. If you are feeling particularly crummy you can take up to 1 ounce of this glorious liquid. Store your bottled fire cider in a fridge or root cellar and it can last up to one year! You will enjoy the results of this traditional fire cider recipe for cold and flu season.