Fire Cider Recipe and More Immune-Supportive Tincture Tips

The winter months are considered cold and flu season, but our immune systems can be susceptible to infections all year long. Consuming cold-fighting foods and following an immune-supportive lifestyle are helpful throughout the year; however, when you’re struck down by a nasty bug you don’t always feel like cooking broth or blending a bowl of soup. This is where a great fire cider recipe comes in – with one quick shot, you are flooded with nutritional power!

Fire cider tastes, in all honesty, completely gross. And yet is highly effective, which is why it’s an essential tincture we have on hand in our culinary nutrition pantry. What makes fire cider so powerful? First off, its primary ingredients are roots, which all contain phytochemicals that protect them from the challenging environment underneath the earth. When we consume these roots, we also receive this protection! Let’s take a detailed look at what’s in our fire cider recipe.

Fire Cider Ingredients: Why They’re immune-SUPPORTIVE

Garlic - Fire Cider Recipe

how to make fire cider: a step-by-step guide

Our fire cider recipe is based on ratios so you can modify it to suit your needs or how much fire cider you’d like to tincture. It’s a flexible recipe!

Equipment You’ll Need:

  • Wide mouth mason jar, either 500 ml or 1 litre/quart (note: your ingredients should fill the jar about halfway)
  • Fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth
  • Medium-sized bowl
  • Cutting board
  • Knife
  • Masking tape and pen/marker

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 1 part garlic
  • 1 part horseradish
  • 1 part onion
  • 1/2 part fresh ginger
  • Pinch of cayenne (or more if you can tolerate it)
  • Apple cider vinegar, enough to cover all ingredients
  • Honey to taste

What To Do:

  1. Chop fresh garlic, onions, and horseradish into small pieces. Let them sit for 5–10 minutes to activate the constituents in garlic and onion after chopping.
  2. Grate fresh ginger.
  3. Add the garlic, onions, horseradish, and ginger into the jar. It should fill the jar approximately half full.
  4. Cover the ingredients with apple cider vinegar (keep vinegar about two to three inches above the roots).
  5. Add cayenne. Cover the jar with the lid and shake well.
  6. Label the jar using masking tape, noting the name of the recipe and the date.
  7. Let sit in a cool, dark place for two to four weeks.
  8. Place your fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth over the bowl, then strain and discard spent herbs.
  9. Add honey to taste when serving.

How to Use Fire Cider

  • As a preventative: If you can handle it, a small daily shot works to keep your immune system strong.
  • As a cold and flu remedy: If you feel a cold coming on or have a full-blown cold, drink a small shot daily.
  • As a culinary ingredient: Fire cider liquid has a savory and pungent quality – add a small amount to salad dressings, dips, sauces, or other recipes for flavour. It essentially works as a lovely homemade condiment.

More Immune-supportive Tincture Ideas

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There are a wide variety of herbs and roots you can use to make tinctures! First off, check out our Guide to Homemade Tinctures and Tonics for all the common methods you can use to formulate them. It’s easy to learn how to make tinctures, and the herbal possibilities are vast. Some of our favourite immune-supportive herbs include:

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We love immune-supportive tinctures because they are long-lasting, powerful, and convenient when you feel something coming on. You might curse us when you take your first shot of fire cider, but once you reap the benefits you’ll be coming back to this recipe again and again.

Fire Cider Recipe