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Recipe by Diana Earnshaw

Fire cider is a traditional drink, taken to ward off seasonal infections and boosts the immune system. It is also said to be anti-inflammatory. There seem to be as many recipes for fire cider as people who post the recipe, therefore this is my version:


100ml raw honey
250ml apple cider vinegar
2 cloves garlic, crushed
½ teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon turmeric*
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
Zest and juice of a lemon
1 teaspoon powdered ginger*


This really is a “use what you have to hand” recipe. The honey, lemon juice and vinegar are your starting point and then add in (optionally) any/all of the above plus maybe – a sprig of thyme, 2 teaspoons grated horseradish, 1 teaspoon oregano, a sliced onion, a whole but sliced red chilli (instead of the cayenne pepper), the juice and rind of a large orange, a sprig rosemary.

*If you would like to use the fresh root, grate and use 2 teaspoons to add to the mix.

Place the honey in a ½ litre Kilner or other jar and stir in all but the vinegar. Make sure they are well mixed. Add the vinegar and close the jar. Swirl daily for 2-4 weeks (more potent after a month). After this time, strain into a bottle and keep refrigerated.

To use – take as a daily 20ml shot, or with an equal quantity of hot water. If you prefer, add sparkling mineral water for a long drink.

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