Fire cider is a tangy, sweet vinegar infused with vegetables, herbs, spices, and honey. A popular herbal folk remedy, it is used as an anti-inflammatory and digestion-stimulating tonic, and to boost natural health processes.

Martha Stewart Living, April 2017


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Recipe Summary

20 mins
3 weeks
Makes about 2 cups


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Place ginger and horseradish in the bottom of a 1-quart Ball jar or similar resealable glass container. Add garlic, rosemary, chiles, peppercorns, cinnamon, and onion; then add lemon and orange pieces, pressing down to firmly pack ingredients in. Add vinegar, adding more as necessary to fully submerge ingredients and fill jar. Seal jar (if using a metal lid, place a piece of parchment between jar and lid to prevent a corrosive reaction with vinegar). Store in a cool, dark place, shaking for a few seconds every day or two, at least 3 weeks and up to 6 weeks.

  • Strain through cheesecloth or a fine-mesh sieve; discard solids. Stir in honey. Store in a sealed container in refrigerator up to 1 month.

Cook's Notes

A tablespoon of ground turmeric can be added with the honey for increased health benefits. Drink a one-to-two-ounce shot daily, dilute some in seltzer or still water, or use it in place of regular vinegar for salad dressings.