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Nitty Gritty Fire Cider

This classic fire cider recipe full of pungent roots and sour citrus adds turmeric and black pepper for an anti-inflammatory kick. Take this classic home remedy daily to stimulate your immune system.
Recipe reprinted with permission. The Herbalist's Healing Kitchen by Devon Young, Page Street Publishing, 2019
Note: the inclusion of turmeric will cause this infusion to stain—clean up any spills promptly.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time1 hr


  • ½ cup ginger root grated
  • ½ cup horseradish root grated
  • 1 head garlic minced
  • 1 medium onion finely chopped
  • 1 jalapeno pepper sliced
  • 1 orange slightly pureed in food processor or thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup fresh turmeric
  • 4 cups raw apple cider vinegar or more to cover
  • 2 tablespoons black peppercorns lightly crushed
  • 1/2-1 cup raw honey to taste


  • Place the ginger, horseradish, garlic, onion, jalapeño, orange, turmeric and peppercorns in a jar. Pour the vinegar over the ingredients to cover them.
  • If using a metal lid, place a square of wax or parchment paper between the lid and jar. Secure the lid to the jar and infuse it in a dark, cool place, shaking daily for 4 to 6 weeks.

  • After the infusion is complete (after 4 to 6 weeks), strain it and add the honey to taste. Bottle and store it in a cool, dark place or in the refrigerator. I bottle my fire cider in 16-ounce glass swingtop bottles, giving some as gifts


Adults may take 1 tablespoon (15 ml) daily, straight or in juice or water as a tonic. Or take 1 tablespoon (15 ml) every 3 to 4 hours for acute cold/ u symptoms.Children aged 2 to 12 may take 1 teaspoon daily as a tonic in juice or water. Or take 1⁄2 teaspoon every 3 to 4 hours for acute symptoms.
After straining out the “marc,” or solids, don’t throw these pungent tidbits away. You can freeze the spent marc in ice cube trays, or dehydrate it and grind it into a powder. Either form makes an excellent seasoning base for soups, beans and braised dishes!