Homemade Fire Cider Tonic with Turmeric and Ginger

by Kaitlynn Fenley

Learn how I make my fire cider recipe with turmeric! Homemade fire cider is a natural health-promoting tonic that can help with congestion and cold symptoms.

How to Make Fire Cider

It might look fancy, but fire cider is simple to make. Making a fire cider will take about 10 minutes of hands-on time. You need to chop ingredients, add them to a jar, and top with raw vinegar. Before we get started, I know I’ll get at least one question about why my fire cider looks so clear, and why it isn’t brown or golden like some people’s. It’s because I use homemade vinegar. I made my vinegar with lighter-colored apples, so the vinegar is very light in color.

Fire Cider ingredients in a bowl, including chopped onion, garlic, ginger, turmeric, jalapenos, lemons and fresh sprigs of rosemary.

Homemade Fire Cider

Homemade fire cider is far superior to store-bought because it is fresher, and you can control its ingredients. For instance, if you dislike horseradish, you can leave it out of the recipe. If you want to add red onion instead of white, try it! The options are open when you make your fire cider tonic at home. Another fun way to customize the recipe is by changing the type of hot pepper you use. Serranos and cayenne peppers are great alternatives to jalapeno. The components I suggest you do not alter in the recipe are the onion, garlic, and some hot peppers. Of course, raw vinegar is also not negotiable and is a necessary ingredient. You can even add in two tablespoons of fermented vegetable brine, like sauerkraut brine, for more probiotics.

Homemade fire cider in a cylindrical clear glass jar.

Ingredients and Supplies

Ingredients you need to make this fire tonic:

  • Fresh turmeric root
  • ginger root
  • Rosemary
  • jalapenos
  • lemon
  • onion
  • garlic
  • horseradish
  • sea salt
  • raw vinegar (I use homemade apple vinegar, but apple cider vinegar or any raw homemade vinegar will do. If you use homemade vinegar, you’ll need to store the fire cider in the fridge.)
  • sauerkraut brine (optional)

Supplies You Need to Start Making Fermented Fire Cider:

the fire cider recipe with turmeric root slices, lemon slices, jalapeno slices and rosemary springs in a clear glass jar.

How Long Does Fire Cider Last?

How long the fire cider lasts depends on the vinegar’s acidity. Store-bought apple cider vinegar is 5% acidity, so if you use store-bought, it’s safe to store at room temperature. Homemade vinegar can vary in acidity, so if you want to make this fire tonic with homemade vinegar as I do, I suggest storing it in the fridge long term.

Once you age it for a few weeks, then strain off the liquid, you can store it in the fridge in a sealed container for 2 years.

Fire Cider Uses

I use my homemade fire cider as a natural cold and flu symptom remedy. While this tonic won’t cure any infections, it can support your body in clearing viral infections like the common cold and flu. Fire cider helps relieve nasal congestion by promoting mucus production and helps to warm the body when you are sick. This tonic can also support digestion and your immune system with live beneficial bacteria from raw vinegar.

Fire Cider Recipe with Turmeric

I always add turmeric to my fire cider concoctions. Turmeric is a natural anti-inflammatory medical herb that contains curcumin, so it is a beneficial addition to the mixture. Curcumin is proven to help with body aches and joint inflammation, which is especially helpful when you are sick.

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Homemade Fire Cider Tonic with Turmeric and Ginger

Learn how I make my fire cider recipe with turmeric! Homemade fire cider is a natural health-promoting tonic that can help with congestion and cold symptoms.

  • Author: Kaitlynn Fenley
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 25 ounces 1x
  • Category: Fermented Foods
  • Method: Fermentation
  • Cuisine: American

Ingredients

Scale
  • 25 grams turmeric root
  • 50 grams ginger root
  • 5 grams rosemary, fresh
  • 70 grams jalapeno
  • 70 grams lemon
  • 150 grams white onion
  • 70 grams garlic, fresh and crushed
  • 10 grams horseradish
  • 5 grams sea salt
  • raw vinegar

Instructions

  1. Wash all the ingredients in cool water and make sure your jar is clean. You need at least a 25-ounce jar for this recipe.
  2. Place your kitchen scale on the counter. Turn it on and set it to weigh in grams.
  3. Measure out all your ingredients,
  4. Add the designated amounts of ingredients to the jar. Squish everything down into the jar if necessary.
  5. Top off the jar with raw apple cider vinegar. Place the lid on the jar and secure it tightly. Gently shake the jar to dissolve the salt.
  6. Let the mixture sit at room temperature for 24 hours then store the fire cider in your fridge indefinitely.
  7. You should let it age in the fridge for about four weeks before using it.
  8. To use fire cider strain off the liquid through a cheesecloth into a clean jar for storage. Combine 2 tablespoons of the fire cider liquid with 1 teaspoon of honey and a squeeze of lemon juice and drink it.
  9. You can pour more raw vinegar over the ingredients and let it age in the fridge to use them again.

    Notes

    • Fire cider can be successfully stored at room temperature in most cases, but if you are using homemade vinegar as I do, it’s best to age it and store it in the fridge.
    • Optional: you can add two tablespoons of sauerkraut brine to add more probiotics to the mix.

    Keywords: Fire Cider, Cold Remedy, Flu Remedy

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    18 comments

    Cindy Creech January 23, 2019 - 6:47 pm

    If I make fire cider using an apple cider vinegar recipe, will there not be any "probiotic" microbes?

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    Cultured Guru February 19, 2019 - 2:31 pm

    If you use raw apple cider vinegar there will be a different population of microorganisms, and not nearly as many. The microbial population of ACV is a mixtures of yeasts and acetic acid bacteria… not lactic acid bacteria like fermented vegetables.

    It’s still great for you, and ACV microbes are currently being studied for potential probiotic classification.

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    Loretta M Troen March 31, 2020 - 9:36 pm

    What if I put the honey in at the beginning of fermentation? Is the batch ruined?

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    Kaitlynn Fenley April 1, 2020 - 1:21 pm

    No, It should be fine! As long as you didn’t put a ton of honey.

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    david joyce January 9, 2021 - 10:10 am

    my master tonic is fermenting without the salt, any reason why?

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    Kaitlynn Fenley January 9, 2021 - 1:47 pm

    I’ll need you to elaborate a little bit. What is a master tonic? what recipe did you use? and what do you mean by “is fermenting”?

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    Ellie January 3, 2022 - 5:46 pm

    I made one double batch of this, It is fabulous…going to make another batch of it and I don’t have quite enough brine from the previous batch of sauerkraut. can I use brine from fermented hot peppers that Have been in the fridge for eight weeks or so or is there a better substitute

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    Kaitlynn Fenley January 4, 2022 - 8:30 am

    Glad you enjoyed the recipe! Yes! you can definitely use other types of fermented vegetable brine. I think brine from the hot peppers will work great.

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    Ellie January 30, 2022 - 10:53 am

    Thanks!!

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    Kathy September 15, 2022 - 10:46 pm

    I don’t see where you use sauerkraut brine in this recipe – just cider vinegar?

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    Kaitlynn Fenley September 16, 2022 - 6:47 am

    Check the notes under the recipe. It’s an optional ingredient.

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    Cathy August 27, 2022 - 5:17 pm

    My tonic looks like it has a white slime in it is it still ok ?as it smells fine. I’m not sure if that’s the brine or simply gone off. Also I didn’t know it had to be in the fridge so it’s been in a cool dark cupboard

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    Kaitlynn Fenley August 29, 2022 - 9:15 am

    I’m not sure what you mean by white slime… I’d have to see it. It needs to be stored in the fridge to prevent things like this.

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    Court September 18, 2022 - 11:36 pm

    Where can you find turmeric root online? Can you substitute organic turmeric powder?

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    Kaitlynn Fenley September 19, 2022 - 8:54 am

    You can order fresh turmeric on Etsy. I think fresh is best in this recipe.

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    Court September 19, 2022 - 1:39 pm

    Thanks!

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    Ellie Carroll September 29, 2022 - 1:53 pm

    Last January when I made this I followed the recipe exactly as it is and then after the four weeks I believe you put it in the blender and then strained out all the solids and then I used ice cube to Tray froze the solids and used those in other dishes like Ramen. is this is there a reason you left that out of this recipe

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    Kaitlynn Fenley September 29, 2022 - 2:46 pm

    I just updated the recipe, and I thought it was easier like this. You can still blend it up and then strain it and use the solids in meals.

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