Whether Fire Cider or Fire Tonic: A fiery drink against colds

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With Fire Cider, also known as Fire Tonic, the name says it all: The fiery cold drink gets the circulation going and strengthens the immune system. With its natural ingredients, it is an effective remedy for colds.

Fire Cider – a natural remedy for flu and cold

The Fire Cider has to steep for four weeks before you can use it.
The Fire Cider has to steep for four weeks before you can use it.
(Photo: Sarah Gairing / utopia)

With its fiery ingredients, Fire Cider not only gets your circulation going, it works thanks to it ginger, Garlic and onion also antibacterial. Apple Cider Vinegar and honey stimulate digestion and the spiciness of horseradish clears sinuses and frontal sinuses and thus prevents sinus infections. In this combination, Fire Cider is a natural remedy for flu and colds that you can easily make yourself at home.

The cold drink became famous in the 1970s through the American Rosemary Gladstar. But centuries ago people were already using these same ingredients as a remedy for colds. The Fire Cider itself is nothing new, but Gladstar developed its own recipe, which is now understood by many as a basic recipe.

As a result, there is no strict recipe, but you can vary according to your own taste and add new components. Fire Cider is also known as Fire Tonic.

Fire cider: the basic recipe

You need these basic ingredients for the Fire Cider.
You need these basic ingredients for the Fire Cider.
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You need this for a preserving jar with a capacity of 1.5 l ingredients – preferably in organic quality to avoid chemical-synthetic pesticides:

  • 150 g horseradish
  • 75 g ginger
  • 1 large onion
  • 10 cloves of garlic
  • 2 jalapeños
  • approx. 1 l apple cider vinegar
  • honey

Optional:

  • 1 organic lemon or orange
  • Spices like turmeric, Rosemary, cayenne or black pepper

You will also need the following utensils:

  • Sterilized mason jar with a lockable lid – do not use a metal lid here, as the acetic acid can attack the metal.
  • Sieve with cheesecloth
Horseradish and ginger are grated or finely diced.
Horseradish and ginger are grated or finely diced.
(Photo: Sarah Gairing / utopia)

Fire Cider: The preparation

Ginger and horseradish must be peeled beforehand.
Ginger and horseradish must be peeled beforehand.
(Photo: Sarah Gairing / utopia)
  1. Wash the ingredients and peel the ginger, the horseradish, the onion and the garlic cloves.
  2. Grate the horseradish and ginger, and chop the onion and garlic cloves.
  3. Finely dice the jalapeños. Warning: after cutting, you better wash your hands, because the chillies sting your eyes! If you don’t like it that spicy, you can leave out the jalapeños or use some cayenne pepper instead.
  4. Prepare a clean mason jar with a sealable lid and fill in all the ingredients except for the vinegar and honey.
  5. Fill the jar with apple cider vinegar until it is a few inches above the ingredients. Use an unpasteurized vinegar with an acidity of five percent.
  6. Tip: If the ingredients float to the surface again, place a piece of baking paper on the surface and weigh it down with a glass lid, for example.
  7. Before closing, stir vigorously to mix all of the ingredients together.
  8. The Fire Cider has to steep for four weeks at room temperature in a dark place. Shake the jar every few days. After four weeks you can pass the cider through a sieve and pour the liquid into a bottle. It keeps cool for a few months. If you don’t want to throw away the leftovers, you can still use them as an ingredient in a soup or vegetable pan.
  9. Finally, add enough honey to the Fire Cider until it tastes good to you.

All the ingredients should be covered in the vinegar.
All the ingredients should be covered in the vinegar.
(Photo: Sarah Gairing / utopia)

Fire Cider: Application of the cold drink

You can store the Fire Cider in a large screw-top jar.
You can store the Fire Cider in a large screw-top jar.
(Photo: Sarah Gairing / utopia)

Take one to two tablespoons every day during the cold season to prevent flu and colds. If a cold is already approaching, do not take this dose all at once, but divide it into two to three smaller servings throughout the day.

Tip: The cold drink is often a little too hot for children. Diluted with juice or in a salad dressing, however, the taste is less dominant.

Read more on Techzle.com:

  • These 10 foods will protect you from the common cold and flu
  • Elderberry juice – cold or warm, but definitely healthy
  • Make onion tea yourself: quick help with colds
  • Apple cider vinegar for skin and hair – this is how you apply it
  • Cistustee: Effect and application of the healing tea made from cistus

German version available: Fire Cider: Recipe and Benefits of the Health Tonic

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