How to Make Fire Cider Vinegar [VIDEO]

Break the holiday “sick cycle” this year with fire cider vinegar, a powerful immune-boosting tonic. This video shows you how!

Mix and match your favorite fire cider ingredients for an anti-inflammatory boost this winter. (The Grow Network)

How to Make Fire Cider Vinegar

I make this fire cider vinegar (also known simply as “fire cider” or, in some circles, “four thieves tonic”) each year just as the holiday season gets going. Since it needs about a month to set, it is ready by winter when my immune system could use a good nudge.

Even though I don’t really like spicy stuff that much, I really do like the kick of this traditional fire cider recipe.

You’ll find numerous versions of fire cider circulating out there. Some exist to be used only externally. For example, you apply some to the skin to ward off bacteria.

Others are made out of essential oils. Since making essential oils is a trail I don’t want to travel right now, I prefer this recipe, which is ingested.

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Fire Cider Vinegar Ingredients

Fresh ginger root is just one of the potent ingredients in our traditional fire cider recipe. (The Grow Network)

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Here are the ingredients I used along with a list of other possible add-ins. Of course, be careful if you have any kind of allergies to any of the following.

And here is a “possibles” list:

What Do You Think?

Do you have your own traditional fire cider recipe? Do you use any ingredients that I’ve neglected to mention here? I’d love to hear about them in the comments below … and do let me know if you make fire cider vinegar to enjoy this winter!


This article was originally published in December 2013, but I decided it was time to revisit the recipe! Enjoy! I’m about to start a new batch myself….

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  • Heather Duro says:

    ive been known to to add a grapefruit, orange or lemon juice and rind, fresh turmeric root, cayenne peppers, echinacea, rosehips, thyme, star anise, parsley, rosemary, thyme, oregano, cinnamon and astragalus, and I use manuka honey and apple cider vinegar with the mother ..I should also say I dont necessarily make the same recipe every year, its more about what is on hand ready to go. we use it on salads or take a shot of it daily when that “feeling” creeps up on us. There is always a jar of fire cider and a jar of homemade elderberry/rose syrup in the fridge come wintertime…drink it, cook with it, use it in salad dressings and marinades…OH! heck add it to your bloody-mary for an extra kick!

    Here is a Fire Cider Hot Toddy Recipe guaranteed to make those cold miserable sick nights warming and cozy 🙂 ..enjoy

    1.5-2 tsp of honey (or more, to taste)
    2 tablespoons Fire Cider
    1 1/2 ounces rye whiskey, mezcal, OR tequila
    1/2 cup hot water
    Lemon slice, blood orange slice and or cinnamon stick

    – Happy Healing, Heather

    1. maimover says:

      Sounds good…

  • Stephen Bolin says:

    Fire Cider – the name, is relatively new to me. I have 2 Medicinal Herbal books, and each one has the Fire Cider recipe. I have known this healing herbal mix as the Master Tonic. I found out about it from a friend at my local Farmer’s Market. Apparently there is a book titled “Master Tonic” too.

    Master Tonic – Fire Cider – are about the same thing.

    Here is my latest recipe. I have been using Master Tonic – an ounce each morning – for the last 5 months. I am 70 years young and the Master Tonic has been awesome – keeping me from getting even a common cold.

    1 Cup Ginger (all ingredients “cut up small”
    1 Cup Onions – white
    1 Cup Garlic
    1 Cup Horseradish
    4″ Fresh Turmeric
    2 Avocado Seeds – crushed
    4 Cups organic Vinegar + more to fill up the bottle
    1/2 Cup Lemon Juice
    3 Jalapeno peppers (I remove the hot seeds!)
    On this batch I added 4 Tea bags – Sage, Rosemary, Dandelion root, and Matcha

    I add all ingredients into a half-gallon glass canning jar. I leave about an inch at the top,
    so the mixture can be shaken – 2 to 3 times / day. This mixture needs to SIT for 30 days, no refrigeration – and shaken 2-3 times /day. Then strain the liquid out and use the remainder in your compost pile.

    I traditionally get around 46 – 48 ounces of liquid Master Tonic from each batch. I still don’t refrigerate this. I leave it on a shelf in my basement. So each batch will last me around 45 days. I keep making new ones around the first part of each month. Soon I will be able to skip a month!

  • lauraMccubbin says:

    Love fire cider! And the different things you can add, so that you still get the benefits of the basic recipe and the variety of flavors you can get. My favorite is elderberry.

  • torey says:

    I recently posted my recipe for “local” Fire Cider in the Forum section under Fire Cider Experiment. I used all local ingredients to make this version.

    1. Marjory Wildcraft says:

      I saw that forum post – nice Torey!

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