Ever heard of fire cider? It’s an immune-boosting health tonic with fresh horseradish, ginger, garlic, onions, cayenne pepper, apple cider vinegar and honey. It has been used for years to naturally protect against cold and flu and minimize sinus congestion. I’ve seen a few brands on the market, but I discovered that fire cider is actually quite easy to make at home. I even figured out how to make it in under 2 hours! (Hint: pressure cooker to the rescue!)
Why Drink Fire Cider?
Cold and flu season is almost over, but I’ve still been drinking my homemade fire cider regularly because I have a toddler and they seem to constantly bring home germs.
The base recipe includes horseradish, ginger, garlic, onions, cayenne pepper and apple cider vinegar. Sound awful? Just wait a second! You will add honey or another sweetener to make it more palatable. I promise it’s delicious.
Besides tasting great, fire cider is also full of health benefits. I use it as an immune booster and drink extra when I’m starting to feel like I’m coming down with something. The ingredients provide a host of benefits:
- Apple Cider Vinegar — has so many benefits including that it’s a digestive aid.
- Horseradish — helps alleviate sinus congestion and headaches.
- Ginger — helps with digestion, infections, and nausea.
- Garlic — a secret superpower with antimicrobial and antibacterial properties.
- Onion — has similar properties to garlic but is also great for preventing (or recovering from!) colds and the flu.
- Cayenne Pepper — helps move blood through your cardiovascular system. Blood circulation = healing.
- Citrus — has vitamin C and can boost the immune system.
- Turmeric — is an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant.
- Honey — soothes inflamed tissues and organs. Using local honey can also help with allergies.
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How To Drink Fire Cider
There are many, many ways to enjoy this elixir:
- Take a shot (about 1-2 Tablespoons) straight up.
- 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 or cauliflower fried rice.
- Use in Bloody Marys — alcoholic or not!
- Drizzle over steamed veggies.
- Use as a marinade for tofu, meat, etc.
- Add to soup or chili.
I usually like to drink fire cider straight up (1-2 Tablespoons) out of a shot glass, but if you’re worried about your tooth enamel, it’s best to dilute it with water or another liquid.
How To Make Fire Cider In A Pressure Cooker
- 1/2 cup peeled and grated ginger
- 1/2 cup freshly grated horseradish root
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 10 cloves garlic, crushed
- 2 jalepeno peppers, chopped
- 1 lemon, sliced
- 1 orange, sliced
- 2 tablespoons dried rosemary leaves
- 1 tablespoon turmeric powder
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne powder
- raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar
- 1/4 cup raw honey, or to taste
- Add ginger, horseradish, onion, garlic, jalapeno peppers, lemon, orange, rosemary, turmeric, and cayenne powder into the pressure cooker.
- Pour apple cider vinegar in the pot until all the ingredients are fully covered.
- Stir everything well to combine all the ingredients.
- Pressure cook on high for 45 minutes.
- After the pressure has been released, use a mesh strainer to strain out the solids, pouring the vinegar into a clean jar or bottle. Squeeze out as much liquid as you can from the solids.
- Add honey to the liquid and stir until incorporated.
- Taste and add honey to desired sweetness.
- Drink 1-2 tablespoons when needed.
Recipe inspired and adapted from Eating Bird Food.
Pretty easy and saves a lot of time! Traditionally, this is made over a month or so of letting the ingredients ferment in the ACV. If you have the patience, feel free to try that method! However, I will be over here enjoying my pressure cooker fire cider that was made in under 2 hours.
Have you tried fire cider before? Let me know in the comments!