Rosemary Gladstar's Fire Cider

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Fire Cider


SourceRosemary Gladstar, Winter Recipes for Health & Well Being
Prep time15 minutes
Cooking time
Total time15 minutes


Fire Cider is a vinegar infusion of spicy herbs and veggies that is beneficial to the circulatory and immune systems. This is a great tonic to have on hand during the colder months.


1/2 cup
ginger, fresh (grated)
1/2 cup
horseradish (fresh, grated)
onion (chopped)
10 cloves
garlic (crushed or chopped)
pepper, jalapeño (chopped)
lemon (zest of)
2 tablespoons
rosemary, dried (or several sprigs of fresh rosemary)
1 tablespoon
turmeric, ground
apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup
honey (plus more to taste)


Put ginger, horseradish, onion, garlic, peppers, lemon zest, lemon juice, rosemary and turmeric in a quart canning jar. Cover with apple cider vinegar by about two inches. Use a piece of natural parchment paper or wax paper under the lid to keep the vinegar from touching the metal. Shake well. Store in a dark, cool place for one month and shake daily.

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 liquid goodness as you can from the pulp while straining. Add ¼ cup of honey and stir until incorporated. Taste your cider and add another ¼ cup until you reach desired sweetness. Fire cider should taste hot, spicy and sweet. It is great as a winter time tonic and as a remedy for colds and coughs. Often people use it as salad dressing, on rice, or with steamed vegetables.