Fire Cider and Your Snot Nosed Kids

We are nearly through the cold and flu season here in Nashville. Even though we are having a record year for rain in February, I know spring is just around the corner! Come on S P R I N G ! No whammies!!!! This is the first year in my memory as a parent that we’ve had no illness run through our house. Let that swirl around in your mouth a bit… NO ILLNESS. Straight up! Not a single cold, flu or infection, bronchial, sinus or otherwise! I attribute this fact to two things. 1. We have been vigilant about eating a whole food, veg heavy diet since May of 2018. 2. We regularly take Elderberry Turmeric Tonic as well as this fabulous recipe I’m about to share with you… Fire Cider! Fire Cider has many known benefits, It’s anti-inflammatory, immune boosting, anti-bacterial, anti-viral and can also be an effective digestive aid. You might read the ingredients and think “No fucking way am I drinking that shit!” Fair enough, the ingredients list seems more like a spicy version of Filipino Adobo than medicine. In fact, I say it all the time, it is adobo-esque to me. Side bar; if you have no idea what I mean by adobo, you need to follow this link and make that shit ASAP! But, I digress… Fire Cider has a spicy, vinegary flavor that’s as easy to shoot as your favorite whisky and has a far better end result! Also, it’s not gonna get you buzzed. So, if that’s your goal take it with your whisky. I keep a fairly constant batch of it going at all times and I feel confident that it’s use has played a hand in our ongoing health throughout this winter.


Fire Cider

  • Servings: 12
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 2-3 cups apple cider vinegar. Enough to cover other ingredients and fill the jar.

  • ½ cup horseradish

  • ½ cup garlic

  • ½ cup onion

  • ¼ cup ginger

  • 1 lemon

  • 1 jalapeno

  • ½ orange

  • 1 tbsp black peppercorn

  • 1 tbsp cayenne pepper

  • 1 tbsp turmeric powder



Combine all ingredients in a quart sized Mason jar and place a piece of waxed paper under the lid to keep the vinegar from eroding the metal lid. Disregard if using swing top jars. Seal tightly, and store in a cool, dark place for two to six weeks. When ready, strain the liquid and discard the solids. We take a shot a day, Monday-Friday for prevention. If we start to feel run down or ill, we up the dose to 2-3 times per day until symptoms pass. For children, dilute with warm water and add honey for easy consumption. Store sealed in the fridge for 2-3 weeks.


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  1. Sarah P. says:

    💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜 can’t wait to try this!

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