Fire Cider 101

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Do you want to make the now famous “FIRE CIDER” for your own family? Here’s how…but first a little story.. 

Once upon a time, in a land far far away…. Ok.. it was in the 90s and I was in Rosemary Gladstar’s apprenticeship programme at Sage Mountain in Vermont. Time is like that… It feels like a century ago, yet I can remember it like it was yesterday. It was there that I was inspired to think about winter health in a whole new way. It’s a lifestyle — enjoying, experimenting and incorporating HEALING foods and HEALING supportive herbs into EVERY day.

What I learned from Rosemary during that year, became a new lifelong passion and new habits that are a part of ‘my everyday’. I am going to share more of these but wanted to start with one of my favourites. The recipe is for a small batch. It’s more of a guideline really. This tonic will be just as effective with equal parts of each ingredient.

FIRE CIDER  101 ~ ONE of many versions!
1/4 cup Horseradish root, grated
1/8 cup Garlic, chopped
1/2 cup onion, chopped
1/4 cup Ginger root, freshly grated
3-4 tablespoons Cayenne powder (or 3-4  Cayenne  or Habanero or similar ‘hot’ peppers)
Apple Cider Vinegar  enough to cover all ingredients by at least 2 inches
Honey – to taste

NOTE: You may want to wear gloves if  you chop the ingredients by hand.

Grate and chop the ingredients.
Place in a glass jar and cover all the ingredients with the vinegar.
Let sit 4 weeks.
Optional: Sweeten to taste with honey**


The recipe above is for a small batch. It’s more of a guideline really. This tonic will be just as effective with equal parts of each ingredient. For many years, I’ve simply 1/2 filled a large glass jar with a combination of the veggies above, filled the jar with good quality apple cider vinegar, and PRESTO.. after a month –> GOOD medicine!!
**Sometimes I don’t add any honey. If you plan to take like a ‘shooter’ ~ a shot of this potent brew every morning, you decide!  I make it both ways ~ with AND without the raw honey. 

In acute situations, take 1 teaspoon every 30 minutes or as often as needed
For prevention of winter colds and flu,  take 1 teaspoon every day. Either take it like a ‘shot’ in a wee glass or add it to your food. I’ve added this fiery tonic to soups, stews, sauces, casseroles, egg dishes, roasted veggies ~ well.. I’ve made sure that it’s VERY present in meals from November until March, so my family has enjoyed it in many dishes.


Fire Cider bottles


Found this sweet video with Rosemary Gladstar sharing FIRE CIDER. Enjoy here.

Do YOU make Fire Cider?  What would you like to share?  Please leave a comment!
What do YOU like to add this fiery condiment to, in your kitchen??

Green blessings to all and Good wishes for your great health! 

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  • Thanks so much for this recipe!
    I have been looking for “anything” similar to this to aid in prevention of sickness, and to build up my immune system.
    I have Graves disease and because of that I feel that with this disease I am even more susceptible to getting ill.
    Since I am an active person, I am not a very pleasant patient. Like most others I just cannot take the time to not feel well!

    I am going to “share” this and “pin” this as well!

    Thank you again for such a great and easy finding recipe.
    Other recipes that I have seen include ingredients that are difficult to purchase in person. I know that my local grocery store carries all these ingredients. I, myself will be using Bragg’s ACV and the rest of the ingredients will be organic!

    Cathy T.

  • […] In the fall, I make a number of herbal remedies to prepare my family, friends and clients for the winter months. One of my favourite remedies is well known in herbal circles by several names. I learned to make in 20 years ago from my friend and mentor, Rosemary Gladstar.  FIRE CIDER is a potent healer and easy to make. Horseradish is one of the featured herbal healers and offers its own brand of ‘heat’ to this special concoction. Find the recipe here. […]

  • I have just watched the video which is informative. But there is a discrepancy in the quantities of cayenne pepper… In the recipe written out above it tells you to use 3-4 Tablespoons of cayenne pepper whereas in the video Rosemary states clearly that she recommends one quarter to one half spoon. And you see her only put a small amount on the tip of the spoon into the mason jar.
    I think 3 to 4 Tbsps is would make the fire cider excessively hot.
    I’m planning to have a go, using the smaller amount of cayenne and my homemade Kombucha vinegar!

    • Thanks for your comment. The amounts in this recipe? Guidelines only. You get to choose how you want to make this ages old recipe.
      Have fun!

  • I’ve just bottled my first batch! I tasted it with and without honey, and have bottled some with no honey.
    Next time I would make a larger quantity – I used a quart jar and only a little chilli!
    I’m looking forward to adding it to meals.

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