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7 February 2018

Learn how to make your own homemade fire cider, a healthy folk remedy that aids digestion and helps ward off the flu and the common cold, among other health benefits. Here is the recipe.

As I began to delve into the world of fermenting for making hot sauces and other recipes from my garden grown fruits and vegetables, I inevitably came across “Fire Cider”. If you haven’t heard of Fire Cider, it is basically a very tangy tonic of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar infused with healthy root vegetables and other natural ingredients.

What is Fire Cider?

Fire cider has been long touted as a folk remedy for generations, said to combat the flu and even the common cold among other things, including aiding digestion and boosting the immune system.

We became interested in Fire Cider because Patty had developed some stomach ailments related to digestive problems and we were looking for something more natural to help her.

It is typically made with raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar containing “The Mother”, which is a collection of  proteins and friendly bacteria that assists with digestion.

The vineger is infused with onion, ginger, horseradish, peppers, garlic and fruits, though you’ll find that some recipes vary in the specific ingredients and ratios.

For example, we’ve found that onions sometimes cause Patty some digestive discomfort, so we’ve omitted them from our recipe.

Homemade Fire Cider while it is infusing

How to Make Fire Cider – The Recipe Method

Making homemade fire cider is quite simple. In a nutshell, you’ll scrub and peel all of your root vegetables, and scrub all of the fruits.

Everything gets chopped or diced, then set into a couple of large sealable jars.

Fire Cider ingredients before apple cider vinegar is added

Pour raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar over the ingredients and give them a solid shake.

Pouring apple cider vinegar over the roots and fruit

Set it into a cool, dark place and let the vinegar become infused with the ingredients for about a month or so. As mentioned, ingredients can vary, as long as they are healthy and natural, such as fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices.

With fire cider, you have a natural drink that helps boost the immune system.

Homemade Fire Cider ready for infusing

Using Fire Cider

I can tell you, it’s great stuff on a cold winter day. Take a shot of it and feel the warmth from the spicy chili peppers. If you feel it will be too spicy, you can easily cut back on or omit the peppers, though I would encourage you to keep them for the great Health Benefits of Chili Peppers.

We used a bit of fermented habanero pepper mash with our recipe, though fresh chili peppers are more traditional. We were looking for the additional health benefit of the fermented mash.

See How to Make Fermented Pepper Mash for more information on that.

Why Make Fire Cider at Home?

Making fire cider at home not only allows you to control what goes into your end product, but it is WAY cheaper to make at home. When we were looking into fire cider to help with Patty’s digestive issue, we were both surprised at how expensive it is to purchase.

There are a few products available on the market, and WOW were they pricey. We can make a large batch at home for a fraction of the cost, and we can make it as hot as we want it.


Keep it on hand as a natural health and immunity booster. Take a tablespoon or two per day, or a tangy shot whenever you’re in the mood. If you feel your fire cider is too tart, swirl in a bit of honey to sweeten it up.


I hope you enjoy your homemade fire cider, my friends! Shoot over your questions. We’re happy to discuss.

Patty’s Perspective

The biggest reason I wanted to make this is because of my recent digestive issues. I wasn’t sure how well it would work for me, but was pleasantly surprised (if not ecstatic) at how well it is working for me. Now I have little to no symptoms and have been able to cut back on other pills I was taking. It’s a big relief. Highly recommended. We plan to keep experimenting mainly with flavors. I even took it with us on vacation, it’s that good for me.

Fire Cider Variations

You can use different herbs, spices and root vegetables in your fire cider recipe. If a particular ingredient doesn’t agree with you, such as onions or horseradish, omit them and replace them with something more palatable.

Consider the world of herbs available to you, other spice powders, berries, fruits, and of course, the entire world of chili pepper types out there.

Frequently Asked Questions About Fire Cider

How Long does Fire Cider Keep and Should it Be Refrigerated?

Fire cider will last many, many months, as it is basically infused vinegar. I keep ours in the fridge where it will last almost indefinitely, though it really only lasts a few months TOPS for me.

Homemade Fire Cider Recipe

If you try this recipe, please let us know! Leave a comment, rate it and tag a photo #ChiliPepperMadness on Instagram so we can take a look. I always love to see all of your spicy inspirations. Thanks! — Mike H.

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Homemade Fire Cider - Recipe

Learn how to make your own homemade version of this healthy folk remedy that aids digestion and helps ward off the flu and the common cold, among other health benefits.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time28 d
Total Time28 d 20 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: fire cider, healthy, tonic
Servings: 48
Calories: 11kcal


  • 1 6-7 inch horseradish root scrubbed, peeled and finelydiced
  • 1 6-7 inch ginger root scrubbed, peeled and finely diced
  • 1 6-7 inch turmeric root scrubbed, peeled and finely diced
  • 2 heads garlic peeled and finely diced
  • 6 tablespoons habanero pepper mash See How to Make Fermented Pepper Mash or use 3-4 fresh habanero peppers, chopped
  • 1 orange quartered
  • 1 lemon quartered
  • 3 tablespoons peppercorns
  • 2 quarts raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar (with The "Mother")


  • Add all of the ingredients to a couple of 2-quart Ball jars or canning jars. Make sure there is enough raw apple cider vinegar to cover the ingredients.
  • Shake and let sit in a cool, dark place like your cupboard for 4 weeks, shaking occasionally.
  • Strain and use as needed.


NOTE: You can add in a bit of honey if you'd like a sweeter version.
Yield: About 1.5 quarts or so.
The calories are based on about 1 tablespoon per serving.
See How to Make Fermented Pepper Mash for more information.


Calories: 11kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 24mg | Vitamin A: 25IU | Vitamin C: 5.3mg | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 0.1mg
Homemade Fire Cider - Recipe