16 February, 2014 Charlena Edge 0 Comment

I’ve been wanting to try Fire Cider for quite a while. About a month and a half ago, I finally made the recipe. I decided to hold off on posting until the cider sat for the required amount of time and I actually tried it out.

I have used it to make a vinaigrette for salad, mixed some in pasta, and have taken “shots” when I felt the beginnings of a sore throat. It worked, or at least I think it did. šŸ™‚ At least I can vouch for it tasting good, and it definitely warmed my insides when I was feeling a chill.

There are many versions of recipes for Fire Cider on the internet. This recipe is loosely based on Rosemary Gladstar’s Fire Cider recipe. I couldn’t find fresh horseradish, so I used jar, and instead of cayenne pepper, I used a fresh jalapeƱo.

Here’s my version of Fire Cider:
1/2 large onion
1/2 head of garlic (about 4 large cloves)
1 inch of fresh ginger, grated
1/2 large jalapeƱo, seeds removed and diced
1 Tlbs. horseradish (from a jar)
4 cups Apple Cider Vinegar
Honey to taste (I used 1/4 cup)
Quart Mason Jar with lid

Dice onion, garlic, and jalapeƱo

Grate ginger

Add onion, garlic, jalapeƱo pepper, ginger, and horseradish into jar

Pour in vinegar, making sure all ingredients are covered so they don’t mold. Cover tightly and let the cider sit for two weeks.

After two weeks, strain and discard spent veggies. Add 1/4 cup honey (or more or less to your taste)

Finished Fire Cider. It’s beautiful!

I couldn’t wait to try some, so I drank it straight. My daughter thinks its smells disgusting. Don’t get me wrong, its STRONG! But, the flavors work really well together.

For a simple Vinaigrette, I used:
1/4 cup Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
2 Tlbs. Fire Cider
1/2 Tsp. Sea Salt
1/4 Tsp. ground Black Pepper

Add all the ingredients together in a bowl and whisk. Serve over salad greens.

The garlic, ginger, and jalapeƱo gave the dressing really good flavor.

The Fire Cider not only tastes good, it’s packed with antibacterial and antiviral properties from the onion, garlic, and ginger. The jalapeƱo contains capsaicin which acts as an anti-inflammatory and vasodilator, promoting healthy blood flow. Horseradish helps to relieve coughs and bronchitis.

The apple cider vinegar and honey both have anti-bacterial properties. My mother-in-law takes a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar along with a teaspoon of honey EVERY DAY. She swears by it as an overall health tonic.

She’s 80 and doesn’t look it! That alone makes the fire cider worth a try.

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