Classic Fire Cider Recipe

Activate your internal fire with pungent spices and aromatics of Fire Cider to rid your body of unwanted toxins.

| Spring 2020

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Fire cider is a spiced medicinal vinegar that can substitute for vinegar in cooking, salads, soups, or in marinades. You can even knock back a shot of it, and you’ll feel the fire! There are thousands of variations out there, but this is a classic recipe. You can adjust the quantities of chili depending on your preference. Yield: 1 pint.


  • 1 bulb garlic
  • 1 palm-sized piece of ginger
  • 2 onions
  • 1 to 3 fresh chilies
  • 1/4 cup honey (optional)
  • One 16-ounce bottle apple cider vinegar


  1. Peel and coarsely chop the garlic, ginger, and onions, and add them to a clean, quart-sized canning jar.
  2. Deseed the chilies and add to the jar. Also add the honey, if using.
  3. Fill the entire jar with apple cider vinegar, and tightly seal it. Let it marinate for a few days (although you can start using it sooner by pouring out a small amount of vinegar and then replacing it). Store for up to a year unrefrigerated.

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Bevin Clare, M.S., R.H., CNS, is a clinical herbalist and nutritionist with a deep love for plants. She holds a master’s degree in infectious disease, and serves as president of the American Herbalists Guild.


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