Hot and Spicy Food Day: Spicy Fire Cider Cold Remedy Recipe
Fire Cider is a tasty herbal folk remedy popularized by esteemed herbalist, Rosemary Gladstar. This intriguing vinegar infusion powered by warming and wellness-supporting ingredients is an especially pleasant and easy way to boost natural health processes, stimulate digestion, and raise your internal thermostat on cold days - A deliciously hot, sweet, zesty, and vinegary recipe!
Since this is a folk preparation, the ingredients can change from year to year depending on when you make it and what's growing around you. The typical base ingredients are apple cider vinegar, garlic, onion, ginger, horseradish, and hot peppers, but there are plenty of other herbs that can be added in for a kick.
Fire cider can be taken straight by the spoonful, added to your drink, drizzled on a salad with good olive oil, and more if you wish to be creative!
Fire Cider Recipe:
1 medium organic onion, chopped
10 cloves of organic garlic, crushed or chopped
2 organic jalapeno peppers, chopped
Zest and juice from 1 organic lemon
1/2 cup fresh grated organic ginger root (or organic ginger root powder)
1/2 cup fresh grated organic horseradish root (or organic horseradish powder)
1 tablespoon organic turmeric powder
1/4 teaspoon organic cayenne powder
2 tablespoons of dried rosemary leaves
bottle of organic apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup of raw, local honey
Prepare your roots, fruits, and herbs to place them in a quart-sized glass jar.
Pour the apple cider vinegar in the jar until all of the ingredients are covered and the vinegar reaches the jar's top.
Use a piece of natural parchment paper under the lid to keep the vinegar from touching the metal, or a plastic lid if you have one. Shake well
Store in a dark, cool place for a month and a remember to shake daily.
After 1 month, use cheesecloth to strain out the pulp, pouring the vinegar into a clean jar. Be sure to squeeze as much of the liquid from the pulp while straining.
Add and stir honey until incorporated
Taste your cider and add more honey until you reach the desired sweetness!