If you're like me, you're always wanting to try something new and to think outside of the box. Well, this time, I was thinking about and oldie but a goodie! During my Master Herbalist Class a while back, my instructor was lecturing on old world herbal remedies and this one really stuck with me. After making it for the first time, I really enjoyed the sweet flavorings of honey, the lively taste of ginger and the spicy (or fiery) notes of jalapenos.
This is one of my favorite wellness tonics that has been around for centuries, has several adaptations (hundreds in fact), but the fundamental benefits are still the same and I'm sure you'll fall in love with it as much as I did.
Today, I will be enlightening you with my favorite recipe for a Fire Cider Tonic - it's warming and sweet, but yet vibrant with a bit of a kick. The tonic is a natural way to boost the immune system, stimulate the circulatory system and increase your core temperature just a hare (to keep you warm on those frigid days).
Apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup minced garlic (or 10-12 small cloves)
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
1/3 cup grated ginger root
2-3 tablespoons of rosemary
1 tablespoon turmeric powder
1 lemon (zested and juiced)
2 sliced jalapenos
Honey (to taste)
Place your ingredients (other than the apple cider vinegar) into a quart-sized glass jar.
Once the ingredients are in the jar, fill the jar to the top with the apple cider vinegar (make sure everything is submerged under the liquid).
Before sealing, place a piece of parchment paper under the lid to create a barrier between the lid and your cider.
Now, you'll want to store this jar in a dark, cool place for 30 days and lightly shake it daily.
After the 30 day period, use a strainer or cheesecloth to strain out the pulp. Be sure to pour the cider into a clean jar. If using cheesecloth, when done, feel free to squeeze the pulp and let the excess cider fill the jar.
Lastly, the fun part, taste your cider. If it's to your liking you're done. If it needs a little more flavor, add a little more honey and sample again. Repeat this until you reach the taste you desire.
Although the process of making the cider is quick, the fermenting process is lengthy. But, surely your patience will be rewarded with this delectable wellness boosting delight.
Make sure to take a tablespoon or two each morning to reap the benefits.
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NOTE: Please remember, the information contained here is for educational purposes only and isn't meant to treat, diagnose, prevent, or cure any disease. Before taking / using any of these items, please consult your doctor; especially if you're pregnant and/or taking any prescription medication.