Why fire cider? Because all of our immune systems need an extra boost this time of year. The plants in 🔥 cider will help curb inflammation and keep sickness at bay.
There are so many more benefits to these plants, but here are a few to understand why they’re in my cider this season:
Horseradish - clears the sinuses + supports immunity
🌶️ Hot pepper - warming, supports circulation + helps break up congestion
Ginger - immune support + digestive aid
🧄 Garlic - superfood + immune booster
Turmeric - reduces inflammation + alleviates cold & flu symptoms
🌺 Hibiscus — extra vitamin c boost + kidney support
Hawthorn — heart + circulation support
🌲 Juniper Berry — digestive support + antiviral
🍊 Orange peel — vitamin c + respiratory/lung support
🧅 Onion - another great one for helping move stuck congestion out of the chest & sinuses – I usually add in onion, but I completely forgot this time and trusted that it didn’t need to go in.
You can also add in other herbs specific to your health or those you’ll be sharing this cider with. (For instance, I added in hawthorn & hibiscus, because I’ll be sharing this with my mama, who needs extra cardiac and kidney support.) 💜
Simply add the amount you have to spare for this recipe. There are no rules here! I like mine to be on the heavy side when it comes to the horseradish, ginger, & hot pepper, but other than that, I add the amounts I have on hand and that feel appropriate for the specific herbal actions I'm after. Yes, this means you can add the amounts you’d like for each ingredient. And even if you only have horseradish, garlic, onion, hot pepper, ginger, and apple cider vinegar, you'll still be on your way to a cider that'll pack a punch!
— add herbs to a clean mason jar
— cover with raw apple cider until all herbs are submerged
— cover mason jar with a lid, placing a piece of wax paper between jar & lid to prevent corrosion
— place in a warm place for 4-6 weeks (or longer… I often leave mine for months). shake every few days to help release the constituents of the plants into the vinegar.
— once it’s done, you can add in raw honey to your preferred taste. I usually start with 1/4 c and add in more from there.
— take 1-2 tbls a day as an immune support, and 3-4 tbls a day if sickness comes knocking.
— can keep in the fridge, but I just leave mine in a cabinet away from light.
Let me know if you’ve made fire cider yet, and if so, what did you add?