Rosemary Gladstar's Fire Cider

Rosemary Gladstar, Winter Recipes for Health & Well Being

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.

Fire Cider

Prep Time

15 minutes

Cook Time

0 minutes


1 Quart


1⁄2 cup ginger, fresh (grated)
1⁄2 cup horseradish (fresh, grated)
1 onion (chopped)
10 cloves garlic (crushed or chopped)
2 pepper, jalapeño (chopped)
1 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.