Food and Drinks

15-Minute “Fire Cider”

You’re intrigued by the health benefits of Firecider, but you don’t want to wait a month for it? Friends, that’s us! And there’s an easy solution for you! Enjoy these fire cider-inspired health shots in only 15 minutes using simple ingredients.

These are vibrant, spicy, and potent ( Oh yeah) – they’re also tasty! No matter what the season, they’re great for warming up your insides and stimulating digestion. Make (fire cider shots)!

What is Fire Cider?

In the 1980s, herbalist Rosemary Gladstar popularized a fiery vinegar tonic. It has been widely praised for its ability to support the immune system and help fight colds and flu, as well as other infections.

Gladstar’s original formula includes vinegar, garlic, and onions. It also contains horseradish, ginger peppers, turmeric, and echinacea. The flavors are allowed to develop by steeping the mixture for several weeks.

This is our version inspired by the original, with similar benefits and ingredients but a shorter preparation time.

How to Make Quick “Fire Cider

The quick “fire-cider” is made by combining tangy apple vinegar and lime with sweet pineapple and honey. It also contains anti-inflammatory black pepper and turmeric, as well as spicy ginger, cayenne, garlic, and other spices. Horseradish, a classic but optional addition to the mix for more potency, is an option.

Blending instead of steeping allows the medicinal properties to infuse the vinegar within seconds rather than weeks. We strain it after agreeing to remove the pulp.


  • Raw unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar, 1/3 cup
  • Cut into cubes of 1/2 inch, 1/2 cup fresh pineapple chopped*
  • Peeled ginger (2-inch piece)
  • Peel one piece (1 inch) of fresh horseradish roots* ( optional).
  • Peel one large clove of garlic
  • One small lime (peel is included if organic; 1/4 small lime weighs 20g)
  • Honey (local, raw, preferred // vegans can use maple syrup or agave).
  • Ground turmeric* 1/2-3/4 tsp
  • 1 pinch ground black pepper
  • Cayenne pepper, 1/8 tsp.


  • Prepare your fresh fruits (pineapple and ginger) and prepare them.
  • Add all ingredients to a high-speed mixer (apple vinegar, pineapples, garlic, ginger, cayenne, lime, turmeric*, and black pepper). Blend at high speed for 30 to 45 seconds or until no large pieces remain. This may take longer if you do not have a powerful mixer.
  • Pour the liquid through a fine-mesh strainer and into a measuring bowl or glass. Use the back of a wood spoon to press the pulp down so that all the liquid is able to pass through. The leftover pulp should be thrown away.
  • The tonic should be a beautiful orange color with no lumps. Add more cayenne or turmeric to increase heat, and add honey if you want it sweeter.
  • Drink as desired. It’s great as a shot to stimulate digestion before meals. You can add it to marinades, cocktails, salad dressings, or mocktails.
  • Store in a glass jar or bottle in the fridge for up to 4 weeks. It’s normal for the mixture to separate. Please give it a good shake before you serve.

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