Fire Cider: A Flavour Infusion

Customizable herb and citrus fire cider - how to use this traditional folk remedy

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This fire cider recipe is packed full of immune-boosting and flavourful additions. The only thing is doesn’t have is honey! While honey can be added afterwards, not including it means that this recipe is vegan, keto and sugar-free. It’s also probiotic!


  • 1/2 onion, sliced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 1-inch of ginger sliced in half
  • 1-inch of horseradish, grated
  • 1 sprig of rosemary
  • 1/2 of a lemon, sliced in circles
  • 1/2 of an orange, sliced in circles
  • Optional additions: chilli pepper, cayenne pepper, 1-inch fresh turmeric root
  • 3 cups of raw cider vinegar, enough to cover.


  1. As a traditional folk remedy, fire cider would have been made with whatever was on hand. All of the ingredients on the list aren’t required. If you can’t find one of them, it’s fine to leave it out.
  2. Pack all of the ingredients into a 1-quart jar. Pour over the apple cider vinegar. You should have enough to completely cover everything.
  3. Use a weight to keep everything under the vinegar. Place the jar in a closet to infuse. It needs at least 3 weeks to infuse but can be left for up to a year. The acidity in the vinegar will prevent it from going off. 
  4. When you’re ready to use your fire cider simply strain the vinegar into a clean jar, squeezing out as much liquid as you can. See the section above for serving suggestions.


  • Since this is not a ferment, fire cider can be made in any type of jar. A regular mason jar or a clean mayonnaise jar is fine. Just be sure to use a lid to keep the fruit flies out.
  • Not all apple cider vinegar is probiotic. Look for brands that say raw or with mother as these will have a live culture. Alternatively, you could always make your own

Keywords: probiotic, vegan, keto, sugar-free, gluten-free, fat-free, healthy, immunity, fall, winter, spring