Fire Cider
Serves: 4–6 cups
The recipe and directions below are variable and can be altered per wellness needs, but here are some general guidelines:
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • ½ cup ginger, peeled and chopped
  • ½ cup turmeric, peeled and chopped
  • ¼ cup horseradish root, peeled and chopped
  • 10–12 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
  • 1 lemon, halved
  • 3 jalapeño peppers, chopped
  • ¼ cup herbs (thyme, echinacea, rosemary, etc.)
  • Apple cider vinegar (enough to submerge all ingredients)
  • ¼ cup raw, local honey
  1. Add all ingredients, except for the honey, to a half-gallon jar. Cover the mixture with apple cider vinegar until all ingredients are submerged (you can also use a fermentation weight), and shake.
  2. Cover the jar with a piece of wax paper, secured with a rubber band, and store in a cool place, like on top of the refrigerator or in a closet. After 3–4 weeks, the mixture will be a beautifully spicy and fermented wellness treat.
  3. Strain the mixture or remove the lemon peels and blend all ingredients in a high-speed blender. Then add honey, stirring vigorously.
  4. Your cider is now ready to be portioned into bottles or jars and gifted to loved ones.
For the most nutrient density, use organic ingredients. You can also include additional spices like cinnamon, which is anti-inflammatory and antioxidant.

Tip: During a recent trip to Alembique Apothecary in Berkeley, California, a specialist gave us some pointers for making fire cider: bury your jar underground for a month, then add the raw, local honey. The honey will slow down the fermentation process.
Recipe by Bauman College at