Don’t you hate it when recipes have a long intro, so you have to scroll down to see the details? Instead of doing that, I’m starting with the ingredients and steps then will have more to say about Elderberry Fire Cider below.
- 1 part Garlic Cloves
- 1 part Horseradish Root
- 1 part Onion
- 1 part Chili Peppers
- 1 part Ginger
- 1 part Turmeric
- 1 part Orange (optional)
- Raw Apple Cider Vinegar
- Elderberry 64:1 Extract Powder
- Peel both the garlic and horseradish root. Wash all others.
- Cut by hand, throw in a food processor or a blender, the garlic, horseradish, onion, peppers, orange and ginger until all are minced up.
- Place into a mason jar.
- Fill up the jar until all ingredients are covered with apple cider vinegar.
- Put a lid on the jar and allow it to sit for two weeks. Giving it a shake once in a while is good.
- Strain out the veggies from the liquid. (These can be added to a soup or stew instead of throwing out.)
- Mix the Elderberry powder into the liquid. A good ratio is 1 tablespoon per quart of liquid. Adjust up or down as you see fit.
- Take a swig or a shot each day.
As you can see this recipe is quite flexible. You can make a small batch in a pint jar, or gallons at a time. (You could also add the Elder powder as it soaks, but the roots and vegetables will end up absorbing some so I like to do that step after it’s all pressed, straight into the liquid.)
You can make this without some of the ingredients or also adding others in. It’s flexible in that way too. Honey is a great option to add too.
I’ve only been enjoying fire cider for a short time now, but I’ve fallen in love with it. It’s a much better to do an old trick I learned to help avoid getting sick which involved eating a raw clove of garlic, a green onion and a chunk of ginger. Sounds harsh right? The good news is that fire cider is way more palatable, even enjoyable!
If you missed them, please read the series on How to Not Get Sick from earlier this year. Part 1 and Part 2. While I mention Elderberry fire cider in there, I hadn’t yet shared the recipe, so that’s what this is about.
Technically, this is an acetract, the equivalent of a tincture but using vinegar as the solvent rather than alcohol. The word acetract comes from acetic acid and extract. More details in that are covered in this article about making your own Pine Pollen Tinctures.
This recipes features the use of our Elderberry extract powder. You could add dried or fresh elderberries into the mix in the first steps, though it wouldn’t quite pack the same punch as our 64:1 extract does. Still, the variations are endless.
All the regular ingredients in this pack a punch in their illness-stopping and health promoting activity. Adding the Elderberry to it, simply kicks it up a big notch.
Special thanks to Farm and Forage Kitchen for the starting place of this recipe.
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Suzanne Stapler says
I have two bottles of purchased Fire Cider. Would it work if I added some of your elderberry powder to my glass of cider just until I make my own? How much would you add or just to taste?
Logan Christopher says
Yes you could absolutely add it to them. I’d go with the same as the recommendation above. “Mix the Elderberry powder into the liquid. A good ratio is 1 tablespoon per quart of liquid. Adjust up or down as you see fit.”