As a New Hope Blogger, I occasionally receive complimentary items from manufacturers in the natural products industry. Some time ago, I received a bottle of something called Fire Cider and gave it a try. I was completely clueless about the trademark issues surrounding this company and gladly posted about our experiences. Fast forward a year. Fire Cider was quickly becoming a household phrase. Last October, an herbalist friend shared the story of fire cider being declared a "generic term" by the courts. I became much more educated about the legal battle and vowed to give credit where credit is due. If you want to read more about this, there is a ton of content on the Free Fire Cider website.
TL;DR fire cider is a generic term that cannot be copyrighted. Rosemary Gladstar created the recipe in the 70s and gladly offers it for free to be shared so that all may benefit. We love her.
If you're a visual learner, you can watch Rosemary make her fire cider in this video. It is generally equal parts fresh garlic, horseradish, and onion with ginger and a pinch of cayenne. All of this is covered with apple cider vinegar. She also explains the reason behind each of the ingredients and what benefits they may have:
• 1/2 Cup fresh horseradish
• 1/2 Cup fresh onions
• 1/2 Cup chopped garlic
• 1/4 Cup grated ginger
• hot pepper
optional: turmeric, echinacea, citrus peel, cinnamon
Store in a glass jar for 4-6 weeks. Shake it daily to make sure things are mixing around in there. You may also want to open the jar occasionally to "burp" it so the gasses don't build up as it ferments. After 4-6 weeks, strain the fire cider. At this point you can sweeten it with some raw honey or maple syrup.
After sweetening, transfer to bottles for longer storage (and easier pouring).
Rosemary adds, "Fire Cider will keep for several months unrefrigerated if stored in a cool pantry. But it’s better to store in the refrigerator if you’ve room."
Although it is fire cider, I found our homemade version to be more more palatable and mellow than the packaged version we received. Don't get me wrong, it was hot and strong smelling at first. When we'd open the jar to let the gasses escape you could definitely tell.
But by about week 3, the strong smells seemed to subside.
She recommends "drinking a small shot glass daily or to take teaspoons if you feel a cold coming on. (Take it more frequently if necessary to help your immune system do battle.)"
Thank you, Rosemary, and the entire Free Fire Cider team.