fire cider recipe

Nov 3, 2023 8:45:00 AM | healthy drink recipes Fire Cider: A Tonic for Your Health Journey

Discover the wonders of Fire Cider, a potent herbal tonic packed with health benefits. Learn how to make your own and enhance your well-being naturally.

Fire Cider, an ancient herbal elixir brimming with health benefits, has been cherished for its delicious flavor and numerous health-enhancing properties. This centuries-old herbal preparation is not only a delightful addition to your wellness routine but also a powerhouse of nutrients and medicinal compounds that can support your overall well-being. Let's dive deeper into the wonders of Fire Cider and explore a delicious recipe shared with us by ACHS’s Chief Academic Officer, Tiffany Rodriguez.

What is Fire Cider?

Fire Cider is a potent herbal tonic made from a blend of raw, organic ingredients, including garlic, onions, ginger, jalapenos, horseradish, lemon, spices, and apple cider vinegar. This infusion is left to steep for several weeks, creating a fiery and flavorful elixir that has been cherished for generations due to its health-enhancing properties.1


The Science Behind Fire Cider

  1. Immune System

The ingredients in Fire Cider, particularly garlic and ginger, contain compounds with potent antimicrobial properties. These compounds help support a healthy immune system, making a supportive supplement during seasons with potential health challenges, such as winter.2

  1. Digestive Health

Apple cider vinegar, a key component of Fire Cider, has been studied for its potential to support healthy digestion and promote gut health. It can support the growth of beneficial bacteria in the gut and may help regulate blood sugar levels.3

  1. Anti-Inflammatory Support

Hot peppers and ginger in Fire Cider possess anti-inflammatory properties, which may support joint health and healthy body systems. Chronic inflammation is linked to various diseases, so incorporating anti-inflammatory foods can benefit overall health.4

  1. Rich in Antioxidants

Onions and garlic are rich in antioxidants, which are crucial in neutralizing harmful free radicals in the body. By reducing oxidative stress, these antioxidants may contribute to overall wellness.5


Making Your Own Fire Cider

How to your own Fire Cider at home: 



  • 2 large onions, chopped
  • 10 bulbs of garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1/2 cup grated fresh ginger
  • 1/2 cup grated fresh horseradish
  • 1/4 cup grated fresh turmeric
  • 2-3 hot peppers (such as jalapeños or habaneros), chopped with seeds
  • 2 Lemons (zest and juice)
  • 2 Oranges (zest and juice)
  • Spices as desired: whole black peppercorn & cinnamon 
  • Apple Cider Vinegar: raw & unfiltered (enough to fill your jar)



  • Prepare the Ingredients: Combine all the chopped and grated ingredients in a clean, dry glass jar.
  • Add Lemon and Orange Zest and Juice
  • Pour Apple Cider Vinegar: Pour enough apple cider vinegar into the jar to cover all the ingredients completely.
  • Infuse: Seal the jar tightly and let it sit in a cool, dark place for 4-6 weeks. Shake the jar daily to ensure all the ingredients are well-mingled.
  • Strain and Sweeten (Optional): After the infusion period, strain the liquid into a clean bottle. If you prefer a sweeter taste, add honey and mix well.
  • Enjoy: Your homemade Fire Cider is ready! Take one shot daily or mix it with water or juice.


Fire Cider is not just a kitchen staple; it's a powerful elixir that can enhance your well-being in numerous ways. Wishing you vibrant health and happiness on your journey to wellness!

At ACHS, we encourage our students to explore the wonders of herbal preparations backed by scientific research. Embracing holistic and integrative approaches to health is not only beneficial for individuals but also contributes to the betterment of our communities and the world. Explore our programs here.


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1 Meeks, S. (2021, September 3). Fire cider: Benefits, side effects, and recipe. Medical News Today.

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