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jar of finished fire cider

DIY Fire Cider: The Master Tonic

  • Author: Adriana
  • Prep Time: 500 hours
  • Total Time: 500 hours
  • Yield: ~3.5 cups
  • Category: Fire Cider
  • Method: Cold Prep


Fire Cider is here to help you say hello to homeostasis! This is an easy fire cider recipe to keep on hand in your pantry for an immune boost when ailments come knocking. Also known as the master tonic, this packs a powerhouse of nutrients in liquid form!

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  • 3” fresh ginger
  • 3” fresh turmeric
  • 24 hot peppers, the hotter the better
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 head of garlic (1014 cloves)
  • zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 4” fresh horseradish
  • 25 cranks fresh black pepper or 2 teaspoons
  • 2 tablespoons fresh honey or maple syrup (more or less to taste)
  • 3 cups raw apple cider vinegar


  1. Roughly chop the onion and hot peppers. Peel the papery skins of all cloves from 1 head of garlic.
  2. Use a peeler to peel the horseradish and roughly cut into 1″ pieces.
  3. Peeling the ginger and turmeric is optional- i don’t peel them and simply cut into 1″ pieces. As they grow underground in the dirt, you can use the back of a spoon to peel them if you wish.
  4. Zest the lemon and squeeze out all juices.
  5. Add all vegetables to a food processor, including about 25 cranks of fresh black pepper. Pulse until all veggies are in small, semi uniform pieces- similar to the texture of sauerkraut.
  6. Add honey, to taste, and pulse again several times.
  7. Add contents to a 1-quart mason jar with non-metal lid and top with apple cider vinegar.
  8. Keep out of the light and shake gently once a day. Leave to steep for 3 weeks.
  9. After 3 weeks, use a clean tea towel, nut milk bag, or cheesecloth to strain the liquid through, leaving the processed vegetable matter behind.
  10. Store the finished fire cider away from the light in a glass jar for up to 18 months. 
  11. For use: Take 1.5 ounces once a day for health maintenance, and increase this to 3-4 times per day for an immune boost!


** I am not a medical doctor. Check with your doctor to discuss all ingredients and their potential effect on your health.

** You can substitute ginger powder or turmeric powder if you cannot locally source fresh. Use 1 tablespoon of powder to replace the 3″ of turmeric or ginger root!

** Local, raw, unfilitered, and unpastuerized honey is recommended.

** If you make your own kombucha, you can use fresh, raw, unfiltered kombucha instead of ACV to make this!

** If you’re after healthy, immune-boosting, or anti-inflammatory recipes, you should check out our gallery of recipes using turmeric!

Keywords: Fire Cider, Master Tonic, Vinegar Tincture