Bonfire Cider (Fire Cider)
Bonfire Cider stimulates the immune system and digestive system during the colder months.
For generations, herbal medicinal recipes have been prepared and passed down for many years to fight against the common cold and other illnesses. Recipes varied from year to year depending on what was available and in season. Even today the “food as medicine” tradition continues among herbalists and families alike.
The term Fire Cider is a traditional cold remedy that combines vinegar infused with powerful ingredients providing immune-boosting, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, decongestant, and spicy circulatory components. This fire tonic is typically made with apple cider vinegar, garlic, onion, ginger, horseradish, and hot peppers, however plenty of additional herbs can be added. All the ingredients are placed in a jar and left to sit for 3-4 weeks and lightly shaken during the maceration process. Once it is strained, the fiery liquid can be taken daily. Some alternative ways to enjoy this tonic is as a salad dressing, added to vegetable juice (such as an immune boosting bloody mary), or in stir-fries.
A bit about these pungent ingredients:
Horseradish – culinary food, great food for digestion, remedy for sinus infection – opens up sinuses
Warming, making it great for the winter months when our bodies slow down
Garlic – poor mans penicillin, anti-septic herb, fights bacterial and viral infections, famous in the Four Thieves Vinegar
Story of the Four Thieves Vinegar: The usual story declares that a group of thieves during a European plague outbreak were robbing the dead or the sick. When they were caught, they offered to exchange their secret recipe, which had allowed them to commit the robberies without catching the disease, in exchange for being excused. Another version says that the thieves had already been caught before the outbreak and their sentence had been to bury dead plague victims; to survive this punishment, they created the vinegar.
Onion – very versatile, used for many medicinal purpose, poultice and wrap in cloth and put over ears when there’s a lot of congestion, honey and onion cough syrup is a wonderful remedy
Ginger – Ginger has powerful antiseptic properties making it great for gastrointestinal infections. It’s very effective in relieving nausea, motion sickness, and seasickness. Ginger can reduce inflammation and aid in repairing cartilage and reducing joint pain. Ginger is a great decongesting herb, perfect for respiratory congestion, sore throats, colds, and the flu.
Unpasteurized Apple Cider Vinegar – “the mother” which contains beneficial bacteria and acids
Vinegar is a solvent and will extract the constituents
Bonfire Tonic Recipe
You will need:
½ cup fresh grated organic ginger root
1 cup fresh grated organic horseradish root
1 medium onion chopped
10 organic garlic cloves, crushed or chopped
2 organic jalepeno, cayenne, or habenaro, chopped
2 T Peppercorns
1 T organic turmeric powder
Zest and juice from 1 lemon
Organic apple cider vinegar
Glass container with plastic lid for storage or metal lid with parchment paper (to prevent corrosion)
What to do:
- Sterilize storage containers
- Gather and prepare all ingredients
- Simple add all the ingredients EXCEPT lemon juice and raw honey to storage container
- Pour apple cider vinegar over the herbs and cover completely to prevent spoilage
- Store in a cool, dark place for 1 month and shake daily
- Strain and discard or keep the herbs *Keep if you want to make Bonfire Seasoning Salts!*
- Next, add honey and lemon juice to taste. The more honey you add, the less spicy it becomes
- Store in a cool, dark place for several months or in the refrigerator for even longer. Remember to keep the plastic lid or metal lid with parchment paper to prevent rusting, because it totally will!
Take a tablespoon daily to prevent illness or take 3-4 times a day when illness strikes. I prefer taking it straight up, but you may find it tastier diluted in some water or drizzled on food. Try adding some oil and make a salad dressing or pour into your favorite stir fry dish.
Bonfire Seasoning Salts Recipe
What to do:
- You will want to take all the discarded herbs after straining the Bonfire Cider and place them in a dehydrator or oven at the lowest setting (typically 150-170 degrees) for a few hours. I’ve never actually timed how long this process takes! If using an oven, place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Once the herbs are dried, you can then place them in a coffee grinder (I have one put aside specifically for herbal potions) and grind them up!
- Next, simply add slightly more than half the amount of sea salt to the powdered mixture
- Lastly, I give it all one more whirl in the grinder to combine
Lastly, Shire City Herbals has trademarked the name “Fire Cider” and has been suing small businesses that use this name. Free Fire Cider Petition – Check it out