Fire Cider

Fire Cider Recipe

Instead of flooding you with cookie recipes, I’d like to take this opportunity to Mom you. Ahem. You ready? *Hi honey. This is your friendly reminder to drink plenty of fluids and take good care of yourself. Don’t forget to rest and don’t push yourself too hard.  Watch how much sugar you eat. Find your breath and take advantage of the healing properties of Fire Cider. This is flu & cold season. Wash your hands. Wear a mask and take good care of your immune system.**


What is fire cider?   

Fire cider is an infused vinegar made with a combination of jalapenos, lemons, onions, garlic, ginger, and turmeric. The base is raw apple cider vinegar and in two weeks time, the mixture is strained and mixed with raw honey to taste. It is ready to use, Let health begin!

It will help fight a cold and aid digestion. Have a spoon full a day and give yourself a good immunity boost.  It helps you fight sugar cravings too! 

Fire Cider is a good thing to keep in the fridge this time of year. It belongs in your cold-weather arsenal along with my magical lemon ginger elixir

Don’t forget to MOM yourself! We need you here.

Ingredients involved:

Instead of chopping everything by hand, I let my mini food processor do all the work for the garlic and ginger. I didn’t bother peeling the ginger. 

I did slice jalapenos… and chop onions. Chop therapy! 

Lemon juice and lemon zest go in along with everything else! 

We top the mixture with apple cider vinegar and lemon juice.


Shake it up.  Keep it up on top of your fridge for the next two weeks and shake it every day.

Are you ready to make fire cider? 

Strain out the solids.

Give it a taste. Spicy, huh?  Mix in the honey to taste. I think I used about 1/3 cup in this batch. Maybe a little more.

The solids that remain might be great in a stir fry if you want to put them to good use.

My kombucha bottles come in handy for the straining part.



If you want to do something with your fire cider before taking a spoonful of it, mix it into sparkling water with lemonade to make a health tonic.

I mix mine into lemon ginger Kevita and it tastes like a spicy cocktail!  

It can also be used in salad dressings or in stir-frys.

I’m gifting a few bottles this holiday season because I want my friends and family to be healthy!

Fire Cider

makes about 2 cups

recipe slightly adapted from Fire Cider!

  • 1/2 cup diced fresh ginger 
  • 2 heaping tablespoons turmeric powder
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup minced garlic
  • 2 jalapeno peppers, chopped
  • zest and juice of 2 lemons
  • 5 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 teaspoon black peppercorns
  • raw apple cider, to fill the jar
  • raw honey, to taste

Add all ingredients except for vinegar and honey to a quart mason jar. Pour a generous amount of vinegar over everything. If using a metal lid, cover jar with a piece of waxed paper before screwing lid on to prevent corrosion or use a 32 oz. deli container.  Place on top of the fridge for at least 2 weeks. Shake mixture at least once a day. 

When the cider is ready, shake well and strain the mixture with a fine-mesh sieve. Add honey to taste and store in the fridge.  The mixture should last for quite a long time in the fridge. I’d keep no longer than 5 months.

  • Maggie

    WOW WOW WOW this looks so spectacular! My boyfriend gets a stomach ache from jalapeno (but absolutely loves all other peppers, the hotter the better, go figure). Any ideas for what type of pepper to swap out for the jalapeno? Maybe half a serrano?

  • Tami

    Ok , this sounds amazing! I read that correctly, store on TOP of fridge not inside the fridge?? While steeping all the goodness? Then add honey and refrigerate! Making your hippy banana bread tomorrow too!! Thanks for sharing!

  • Erin

    I’ve wanted to try fire cider for such a long time! Thanks for sharing, Tracy!

  • Chris

    Cool! I use a mix of different kinds of hot peppers and l add (equal amount as the ginger) horseradish. I also leave out the honey and sweeten with diced fresh beets!

  • Sabrina

    ha, well this is the kind of drink that you know is good for you by how pungent it tastes, if nothing a good checklist on really healthy ingredients, so thank you!

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