Fire Cider?

Homemade Fire Cider in glass jar surrounded by herbs and spices on table

As i was growing up my mom always utilized natural remedies for health. As a child i sometimes wondered about them, but i knew they worked. As an adult i have done my research, working to understand why they work and how to utilize them. Several years ago i learned about a cider vinegar based tonic that has strong flavors in the mix, to make it a potent immunity booster. My old self held a healthy skepticism until i actually made it, and in the spring i took it to help me with the little touch of sniffles that were beginning to show up. And the taste of this was fierce, but the result was amazing. There was a warming sensation when i took it, and the sniffle symptoms disappeared.

In my research about natural remedies i did learn that until the 1920s this was a common way of looking at health, which was given bad pr as the rise of the scientific based medical industry came to the forefront. As we gave way to the miracle cures of the pharmaceutical industry it seemed that we shed our knowledge of natural remedies, and things that worked for generations. But in this age we are seeing a spike in interest in old ways, and things that worked for our ancestors. I am among those those have began looking back to the past for simple answers. Fire cider was one of those findings that worked well for me. I have shared it with neighbors and friends, and i wanted to share the recipe with you. The mixture begins as raw ingredients, mixed with cider vinegar, and fermented for several weeks, then strained and honey added to taste. This can be stored on the counter top, or pantry shelf, however i keep mine in a wine bottle in the fridge. Mountain rose herbs listed the ways of utilizing fire cider as follows:

Fire cider can be taken straight by the spoonful, added to organic veggie juice (throw in some olives and pickles for a non-alcoholic, healthy bloody mary!), splashed in fried rice, or drizzled on a salad with good olive oil. You can also save the strained pulp and mix it with shredded veggies like carrots, cabbage, broccoli, and fresh herbs to make delicious and aromatic stir-fries and spring rolls. 

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I have taken the fire cider straight, and i also added it to make a salad dressing, which was yummy. This recipe is for information only, not to be construed as medical advice. The recipe is taken right from Mountain Rose Herb’s website. ( Mountain Rose Herbs…)

Classic Mountain Rose Herbs Fire Cider Recipe



  1. Prepare your roots, fruits, and herbs and place them in a quart-sized glass jar. If you’ve never grated fresh horseradish, be prepared for a powerful sinus-opening experience!
  2. Pour the apple cider vinegar in the jar until all of the ingredients are covered and the vinegar reaches the jar’s top.
  3. Use a piece of natural parchment paper under the lid to keep the vinegar from touching the metal, or a plastic lid if you have one. Shake well.
  4. Store in a dark, cool place for a month and remember to shake daily.
  5. After one month, use cheesecloth to strain out the pulp, pouring the vinegar into a clean jar. Be sure to squeeze as much of the liquidy goodness as you can from the pulp while straining.
  6. Next comes the honey. Add and stir until incorporated.
  7. Taste your cider and add more honey until you reach the desired sweetness.