How To Make Fire Cider

When the seasons change, colds and sickness can occur. Even if you eat a real foods diet, get proper rest and fluids, you can still get sick. One way to combat those symptoms is by making fire cider.

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What is fire cider? It’s a spicy hot, deliciously sweet vinegar tonic. First concocted in the kitchen at the California School of Herbal Studies by Rosemary Gladstar in the early 1980’s, it was for teaching students how to make herbal preparations that were as much food as they were medicines.

Fire Cider was among those early cross-over recipes—part medicine, part food—that was made and shared freely. Hundreds of people were taught how to make it and use it. Fire Cider is pleasantly delicious, and also a wonderful blend of medicinal herbs.

The original formula contained garlic, onions, horseradish root, ginger root, hot peppers, sometimes turmeric, and often Echinacea — all powerful immune enhancers that help ward off infections, colds, flus, and bronchial congestion.

We found we could use Fire Cider during the winter, a tablespoon or two a day, to help keep the immune system healthy and to ward off infections. All this, and it tasted good too!

fire cider in jar

How To Make Fire Cider

Sweet, hot and spicy way to let your food be your medicine.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 14 minutes


  • 2 whole white onions cut into quarters
  • 3 whole cayenne peppers cut in half
  • 6 whole garlic cloves crushed
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh ginger
  • 2 Tablespoons dried rosemary
  • 32 ounces raw apple cider vinegar
  • 2 cups raw honey


  • Mix all the ingredients together in a large half-gallon mason jar.
  • Cover with apple cider vinegar.
  • Cap tightly and store in a cool, dry place for 4 weeks.
  • Strain the infused vinegar.
  • Gently warm honey just until melted.
  • Stir honey into the infused vinegar.


And that’s it! You now have a wonder tonic to take during cold and flu season to assist your body in warding off viruses and bacteria. To use, simply take 1 or 2 Tablespoons daily. You can mix it in a glass of water, if that will help get it down for you.
This should be stored in a cool, dry place and will be good for up to a year.

You can make it with the original formula, but many formulas for this “master tonic” have evolved.

I like to use what I have in my garden, and they all have the properties that the original blend called for.

Have you made fire cider before? What do you put in yours?

12 thoughts on “How To Make Fire Cider”

    1. Horseradish does have some of the same warming properties that peppers have. I’d say try it and see how it works for you! 🙂 I personally am not fond of the flavor of horseradish myself, which is why I leave it out 🙂

  1. i have been making this for a couple of years now….My recipe is
    1 whole onion
    1/2 cup garlic
    1/2 cup horseradish
    1/4 cup fresh ginger
    2T of tumeric…wish I would find fresh
    4 sticks of cinnamon
    12- 14 whole clove
    4 sprigs of rosemary
    1t red pepper flakes
    1/2 t cayenne pepper
    32 ounces of vinegar
    1 cup of local raw honey
    add all ingredients Except the honey in a gallon jar. store in a cool dry place for 30 days
    Strain all the stuff out…(Use as compost in garden) add honey until mixed. I do store it in the refrig and I take 2 ounces daily at night before bed unless I don’t feel well…then I take 2 ounces 3 or 4 times a day…

  2. I use Oranges, Parsley, Horseradish root, Fresh turmeric, and ginger, onion, rosemary , thyme, acv , then honey after it is done ‘ perking ‘ . I think bell peppers would be good in it as well.

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