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Fire Cider Recipe

Fire Cider is a cold-fighting, gut-improving drink! See the health benefits of Fire Cider and try this recipe when you're feeling ragged.

No matter how hard you try, every year when the cold weather rolls in, it seems impossible to avoid getting sick. The endless hand washing and sanitizer is only one step in immune health, so try keeping yourself well from the inside out with this Fire Cider recipe.

Fire cider is a healthful drink that can strengthen immunity and aid digestion. Apple cider vinegar is infused with nutrient-dense ingredients like habanero, turmeric, ginger, horseradish, citrus, and cinnamon for two weeks to make a potent, cold-fighting beverage.  

Take a daily shot during cold and flu season to help ward off illness. Customize your fire cider with more herbs (such as sage, oregano, or lavender), spices, or swap out the habaneros for different chile peppers.  


  • Adjust the heat in your fire cider by the amount of peppers added. For a milder heat, only add four habaneros; for maximum spice, go with eight. 
  • Fresh grated horseradish is preferred for this recipe, but if you can’t find it, a prepared jar will do. 
  • This requires a sealable half-gallon jar, so make sure you have one on hand before starting this recipe. 

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  • Serves: 6
  • Meal: Beverage
  • Serves: 6
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 hours 41 minutes
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  • 6 habanero peppers, chopped (AIP - omit)

  • 1/2 cups chopped onion

  • 1/2 cups chopped turmeric

  • 1/2 cups chopped ginger

  • 1/2 cups coarsely grated horseradish

  • 1/2 cups chopped garlic

  • 1 bunch fresh rosemary

  • 1 cinnamon stick

  • 1 tbsp whole cloves (optional)

  • 1 chopped lemon

  • 1 chopped lime

  • 1 chopped orange

  • 4 cups unfiltered apple cider vinegar

  • 1/8 cups raw honey


  1. Place peppers, onion, herbs, spices, and citrus into a half-gallon glass jar. Pour in apple cider vinegar and seal the jar with a lid.

  2. Let it sit in a dark, room-temperature area for 2 weeks, shaking the jar occasionally.

  3. Strain liquid into another jar or a large bowl, discarding the remaining ingredients. Stir in honey.

  4. If necessary, transfer into a clean, sealable jar for storing. Leftovers will store at room temperature, away from light, for six months.

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