Homemade Fire Cider Honey

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If you enjoy trying natural remedies, this honey fire cider recipe is just what you need. Full of nutritious ingredients, this fire cider made with honey offers an abundance of benefits. This spiced elixir will ignite your taste buds and may help your overall well being. And, it is so easy to make.

Homemade honey fire cider infusing in a clear jar.

While there is no way to avoid every illness, we can strive to boost our immune system. Using honey in recipes is one way to get an additional boost.

Making Fire Cider Tonic

Fire Cider is a colorful name for an herbal tonic. It was developed in the mid- seventies, by a famous herbalist-Rosemary Gladstar. A homemade concoction of ingredients believed to promote better health.

This folk remedy grew a large following quickly. Home herbalists loved the effectiveness and simplicity of the recipe. Folks wanted to try it and see if it would work for their family.

Ms Gladstar’s original recipe was a strong mixture of onion, ginger, horseradish, cayenne pepper and garlic. It is easy to understand why she called it Fire Cider.

Today, there are many variations of the fire cider honey tonic recipe (also called Fire Honey).

Herbs needed to make a fire cider tonic recipe, onion, garlic, horseradish, ginger.


  • honey
  • apple cider vinegar
  • ginger root
  • onion
  • garlic
  • horseradish
  • thyme

Honey: An type of honey will work just fine. Raw honey is always a good choice but what you have on hand will suffice. It is good to keep some in the pantry because the uses for honey are many and varied.

Apple Cider Vinegar: Try to find the one with the “mother”. ACV is not the same thing as white vinegar – read the label.

Ginger root: You should be able to find a plump ginger root in the produce section of your local grocery. Don’t get a dried out wrinkled one.

Onions and Garlic: Basic sweet onions and nice garlic cloves are just fine.

Horseradish: I actually had to order fresh horseradish online but you may find some at the local grocery or health food store if you live in a more populated region.

How to Make Fire Cider

Steps for the process of making fire cider with honey.

1. Prepare ingredients (peel and chop as needed). Honey and vinegar should be room temperature.

2. Place solid ingredients in a glass jar (quart size).

3. Sprinkle dried thyme on top of solids.

4. Add enough honey and vinegar to cover the solids ingredients. Add a tight lid and shake well. Set in room temperature spot and give a gentle daily shake.

After a few weeks, your fire cider tonic is ready to use. Strain out the solids and keep the liquid in a sealed container.


In addition, to experimenting with different honey varieties, some people add turmeric or hot chili pepper to their recipe. This includes using hot honey – Jalapeno Honey.

Other recipes for this tonic include lemon, thyme and other aromatic herbs. You are free to experiment.

Jar of honey and ready to use jar of fire cider image.

Using and Storing

Finished honey fire cider will last several months at room temperature and over a year in the refrigerator.

Those wishing to boost natural immunity take 2 Tablespoons per day (called shot). This is a general way to use the tonic.

However, If you think you have a cold coming on, 3 or 4 small doses throughout the day are a good idea. Always dilute the recipe with water before drinking.

Fire cider tastes rather strong, a sweet spicy sensation with a bit of a kick. There are other ways to incorporate Fire Cider Honey Tonic into your diet. If you don’t want to “guzzle” it down, add a spoon to your favorite cup of hot tea.

This vinegar-based liquid also functions well in your favorite vinaigrette recipes. Try a little in your next soup or salad. It makes a good marinade too – just like this honey teriyaki sauce.

More Ideas

The use of honey for better health is a common practice. Honey with cinnamon added is another popular health regime for cold relief.

And, this honey, lemon, ginger infusion is very soothing for sore throats caused by post nasal drip. This one can be hurried along a bit – it doesn’t take weeks to make.

Don’t forget to use honey in recipes that you would not always think about. Baking with honey is common but it is also great in healthier options such as Honey Lime Fruit Salad. Or you can make healthy honey gummy bears for the kids.

Final Thoughts

I hope you enjoy trying this Fire Cider Honey Tonic Herbal Remedy during the cold and flu season this year. Perhaps you will create some new combinations to make it even better.

This is not a proven medical treatment for any condition. But, herbal remedies like Fire Cider Honey Tonic date back through the ages. Some of them must have a bit of validity to be able to survive for so long.

Medical Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional and this is not meant to be medicine. Consult your doctor before trying this or any herbal remedy. Just because it is natural – does not mean it is safe for everyone.

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Fire Cider Recipe

Charlotte Anderson @ Carolina Honeybees, LLC
Fire Cider is an herbal home remedy that is believed to promote better health. Made with natural ingredients (including honey) this spicy tonic packs a big punch against colds and coughs.
Home herbalists believe it helps our immune systems fight off illness. Fire Cider requires a few weeks to mature but it is easy to make.
4.70 from 10 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 21 days
Total Time 21 days 15 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 32 oz
Calories 25 kcal

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  • large jar with lid


  • 2 cups Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 3 ounces ginger root
  • 3 ounces chopped sweet onion
  • 1 1/2 ounces garlic cloves – peeled
  • 1 1/2 ounces chopped Horseradish Root
  • 1 Tablespoon dried Thyme


  • Combine the chopped ginger root, sweet onion, horseradish and garlic cloves in the bottom of a glass jar. Sprinkle the dried Thyme on top.
  • Add enough Apple Cider Vinegar to cover the ingredients. Put a lid on the jar and shake briskly. Put the sealed jar in a room temperature spot where you can give it a little shake daily.
  • After 3 -4 weeks, strain the liquid from the solids. Discard the solid materials. Add 1/2 cup of honey to the liquid – it is ready to use. Store in a tightly sealed jar. Kept in the refrigerator it will last up to a year.


Some recipes call for the addition of hot peppers or cinnamon sticks – it shouldnt hurt if you want to try that version.
The most common dose of Fire Cider Honey Tonic is 2 Tablespoon per day. Dilute in water before drinking or add it to a cup of tea or coffee.
*You should always consult your doctor before taking any herbal remedy.


Serving: 1gCalories: 25kcalCarbohydrates: 6gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 2mgPotassium: 34mgFiber: 1gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 5IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 7mgIron: 1mg
Keyword fire cider, fire cider honey tonic, herbal tonic
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