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Homemade Fire Cider Recipe

Whenever I have a cold or a tickle in my throat, I take shots of fire cider. I like to make my own version of a fire cider recipe to save money. (Warning: this stuff is hardcore and not for the faint of heart. Yet it’s become my go-to tonic to kick a cold quick.)

If you’re looking for something a bit calmer that you can sip on throughout the day, try this DIY hot tea. I like to have both on hand at all times.

In order to kick intense colds and sickness from your body, you’ve got to use some of the most intense, natural foods out there. This recipe features: ginger root, horseradish root, onion, garlic cloves, jalapeño peppers, lemon, and apple cider vinegar. Now do you see why it’s also called “Fire Cider Recipe”?!

Fire Cider Recipe for DIY natural cold remedy | Simple Green Smoothies

Make your own Fire Cider

To make this DIY recipe, start by chopping up all the raw ingredients. (Scroll all the way down for the complete list with amounts). Place them in a quart-sized mason jar, and fill it the rest of the way up with apple cider vinegar. Cover it with an airtight lid, shake it, and store it in a dark place for at least a month.

I like to shake my concoction every few days to make sure the mixture is… uhh…  fermenting nicely.

diy natural cold remedy for home is Fire Cider Recipe | Simple Green Smoothies

After a month has gone by, it’s time to pour the contents out while using a strainer or a sieve to catch the big clumps. This refined mixture is the final product, and is ready to be used and stored in the refrigerator.

Fire Cider Recipe with diy natural cold remedy with strainer | Simple Green Smoothies

This is a powerful and all-natural mixture that should not be taken lightly! Start with a small dose when you first use it—maybe a tablespoon or so. Take one or two small doses a day until you feel like you’re ready for a full shot glass. Eventually, your body will adjust to the taste and you’ll be able to down it like a pro!

Aside from rest, tea and drinking lots of water, a fire cider recipe is the main thing I use to kick a cold. It really works!


Homemade Fire Cider Recipe

  • Author: Jen Hansard
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 25 servings 1x
  • Category: natural healing
  • Method: fermentation
  • Cuisine: healthy


Tickly throat? Cough? Congestion? Any time I feel a cold coming on, I start taking shots of my homemade Fire Cider recipe that’ll help a cough and cold naturally and quickly.



  • 1/2 cup fresh ginger root (grated)
  • 1/2 cup fresh horseradish root (grated)
  • 1 onion (chopped)
  • 10 garlic cloves (crushed or chopped)
  • 2 jalapeno peppers (chopped)
  • 1 lemon (zest and juice)
  • Apple cider vinegar


  1. Dice, peel and chop all ingredients into small pieces and toss into a bowl. (If you’ve never grated fresh horseradish, it can be intense!)
  2. Mix it all together and scoop into a quart-sized mason jar.
  3. Pour apple cider vinegar on top of all ingredients until completely submerged.
  4. Cover with an airtight lid. (You can place a piece of parchment paper under the lid to keep the vinegar from touching the metal, or use a plastic lid if you have one.)
  5. Shake well.
  6. Store in a dark, cool place for a month (like the back of a pantry) and shake every few days.
  7. After a month, pour contents through a sieve to separate the liquid from the solids.
  8. Pour the liquid that went through the sieve in a sterilized clean jar in the fridge— this is your Rawkstar Tonic. When you feel the onset of a tickly throat, congestion, cough— take a shot glass full of this a few times a day.


  • Calories: 13
  • Sugar: 0
  • Sodium: 21
  • Fat: 0
  • Saturated Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 2
  • Fiber: 0
  • Protein: 0
  • Cholesterol: 0

Keywords: natural cold remedy, cough recipe, fire cider recipe


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  1. Holly Couch

    February 1st, 2018 at 11:16 am

    I made this back from Nov-Dec and really wanted to try it out. I finally got the chance when I woke up with a scratchy throat and a stuffy nose a week ago! For me, that usually means an automatic 5-10 days of swollen eyes, sore throat, and fuzzy head. This time, I took 1 tablespoon a day for three days and by the fourth day, I woke up and my symptoms were completely gone! I took an extra tablespoon on the fourth day just to be sure, although I was already feeling better. I’ve already promised to give some of my batch to some friends and I will definitely be sharing this all-natural remedy!

  2. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    March 22nd, 2018 at 12:15 am

    Hi Holly,

    Yea, love that this recipe helped kick your bug to the curb! 🙂

  3. Nayna

    February 1st, 2018 at 1:59 pm

    Great recipe! Thank you Jen ❣️

  4. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    March 22nd, 2018 at 12:15 am

    Thanks Nayna!

  5. Andrea Schmidt

    March 8th, 2018 at 10:55 am

    Will it still work if it doesn’t sit for a full month? Like if I start it now, can I let it sit for 2 week and take it before Easter?

  6. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    March 22nd, 2018 at 12:16 am

    Hi Andrea,

    The magic is in that time that you allow the cider to sit. Need something sooner? Make sure + take a peek at our All-Natural Cold + Flu Remedy here…


  7. Aftan

    May 4th, 2018 at 9:43 am

    Hello! Hello!
    Can pregnant women and nursing mothers use this? There’s so little we CAN use when we’re sick. I already swear by apple cider vinegar, but I would love to give it an extra boost.

  8. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    May 9th, 2018 at 12:42 pm

    Hi Aftan,

    It’s always best to check with your physician before adding anything new to your diet – especially with baby. They know what’s best for you + your body throughout your pregnancy!


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