I first came across Shire City Herbal’s Fire Cider while visiting the Berkshires. Being an apple cider vinegar enthusiast, the manufacture’s description intrigued me. ‘Fire Cider is whole foods medicine, vinegar perfected! It’s A Medicinal Tonic. It’s A Cocktail Mixer. It’s Both…and More!’ I was sold, until I saw the price. $12.99 for an 8 ounce bottle?! I’ll pass.
But, I kept seeing it on the shelves of independent health food stores and decided this tonic deserved a little research. According to the Huffington Post, “Fire Cider is one of those grandma-style cold and hangover remedies that is designed to be one part soothing, one part refreshing and one part BURNING-IT-OUT-OF-YOU.” The base of this product is raw, unpasteurized, living apple cider vinegar blended with raw wildflower honey and immune boosting, roots and fruits, such as oranges, lemons, onions, ginger, horseradish, garlic, turmeric and Habanero pepper. Not your garden variety vinegar.
Then next time I saw it, I bought a bottle and tried it on the spot. This is not for the faint of heart, but it is zesty, invigorating and tasty! Fourth of July in a bottle. Every day I looked forward to a tablespoon treat. I also started adding a splash to soups and vegetables.The bottle was gone in a week. Clearly hooked on this vibrant tonic, I started researching recipes to make it at home to feed my habit in a more economical way. I recently found one from a noted herbalist. Stay tuned!
Have you tried Fire Cider? If so, how do you use it?