Fire Cider Tonic

Fire Cider Tonic

Fire cider was first concocted in the early 1980s by Rosemary Gladstar at the California School of Herbal Studies. It has gone through lots of shifts, shapes and scandal but the main ingredients have remained consistent and the purpose of this tonic has always been to heal those fighting the flu, a cold, or those who just need a powerful root booster.

This is the recipe and method that I follow for my fire cider. There are so many variants but I find this easy to do, quick to prepare (before the waiting around for a month) and so enjoyable to drink (this might be surprising to you!)


  • 1 cup Ginger root
  • 1 cup Horseradish root
  • 1 cup Turmeric root
  • 1 White onion
  • 1/2 cup Garlic cloves
  • 4 Jalapeños
  • 4 Lemons
  • Raw Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Jars that seal (I use Ball 1/2 Gallon jars)
  • Nut milk bag


The ingredients will be blended, so keep that in mind when you’re prepping so know your blender and what it can handle to puree. Peel and chop the roots, onion and garlic. I take the seeds out of the jalapeños and the lemons, but do as you wish and if the lemons are organic, you can even blend the whole lemon (in halves preferably).

Add all the chopped veggies into your blender and cover with enough raw apple cider vinegar to make liquid (I usually add 2 cups first and once the veggies are smoother, I’ll add more). When everything is combined, pour the mixture into your jars. This amount of ingredients will probably fill 3 1/2 gallon jars, you can add more ACV too!

Seal and store in the fridge for at least a month. I forgot about this last batch and it was in my fridge for 3 months before I strained it, but it came out so potent and wonderful! The longer it stays and soaks and ferments, the stronger it’ll taste.

Once you’ve decided that it’s time to process your FC, strain through a nut milk bag and pour the intense golden liquid back into your jars (it’ll be significantly less now, so you might only get two jars of final FIRE CIDER!)

Keep in the fridge for as long as you like or as long as it lasts! I keep giving shots away to people because there is such a serious flu season this year!

Here are a few ways to add Fire Cider into your life:

  • Take a shot!
  • Dilute the shot of FC with hot water, either drinking unsweetened or with a spoonful of raw honey or maple syrup to taste.
  • Add FC to your salad dressing recipe!

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