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Fire Cider Tonic

Fire Cider Tonic


        While most recipes for fire cider use a heavy hand with the garlic because of its potent medicinal properties, we recommend going easy unless you want neighbors knocking on the door every time you crack open a bottle. Otherwise, you should feel free to tweak and embrace the flexible nature of this recipe. Fresh turmeric is a lovely substitute for dried—use about 3 tablespoons coarsely chopped or grated. And instead of dried hot chiles, use sliced fresh jalapeño or habanero, or even smoke-dried ones. Consider adding other citrus, such as grapefruit or blood oranges, in place of or in addition to the lemon. Note: this recipe needs to sit for 1 month before enjoying.

YIELDMakes about 2 cups ACTIVE TIME20 minutes TOTAL TIME20 minutes, plus 1 month

INGREDIENTS


  • 1 cup coarsely grated peeled horseradish (about 4 ounces)
  • 1 small onion, coarsely chopped
  • 8 large garlic cloves, smashed
  • 1/2 cup peeled and coarsely grated or chopped ginger (about 3 ounces)
  • 1 tablespoon ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon black peppercorns
  • 4 rosemary sprigs
  • 1 whole clove
  • 1–2 dried hot chiles
  • 1 lemon, quartered
  • 2 cups (or more) unfiltered apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons (or more) honey


Special Equipment
A (preferably glass) quart container; cheesecloth

Do Ahead
Fire cider can be made 3 months ahead; store chilled in a (preferably glass) resealable container.

PREPARATION


  • Place horseradish, onion, garlic, ginger, turmeric, peppercorns, rosemary, and clove in quart jar. Crumble chile (use 2 if you like it spicy) into jar. Squeeze in lemon quarters; add rinds. Pour vinegar into jar until solids are fully submerged. Cover tightly, then swirl jar gently to combine. Let stand in a dark spot 1 month.
  • Strain through a cheesecloth-lined colander or sieve into a large measuring cup; discard solids. Gather up corners of cheesecloth to extract as much liquid as possible (wear gloves if you wish to avoid turmeric stains on your hands). Rinse out jar and pour in liquid. Add 2 Tbsp. honey, then shake covered jar or whisk to combine. Add more honey to taste.
  • You can transfer mixture to a few smaller bottles, such as swing-top bottles, as it’s easier to pour from this way. Tightly seal and chill.


Suggested Uses:

Cold Preventative:
Sip by the spoonful when you feel a cold coming. You can also dilute it in water.

Fire Cider Tonic:
This makes a great mocktail. Add about 1 Tbsp. fire cider and a squeeze of fresh orange juice to a glass of seltzer. Garnish with rosemary sprig.

Salad Dressing:
Use in place of apple cider vinegar in your favorite vinaigrette. You likely won’t need to add any additional sweetener.

Fire Cider Tea:
Add about 1 Tbsp. fire cider to a mug of hot water, along with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice and a little honey to sweeten. Finish with a bit of freshly ground black pepper.

Fresh Herb Sauces:
Use fire cider in place of the red wine vinegar in sauces like chimichurri.

Marinade for fish, chicken, or tofu:
Think of fire cider as the acid in bright, assertive marinades similar to those for jerk chicken.

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