What is it?
Fire Cider is an immune boosting winter “tonic” brewed and bottled
Where is it?!
On sale in Revitalize Studios, Topsham. Created by boum kitchen, a small, independent kitchen based in Topsham.
What’s in it?
Each batch of Fire Cider will vary slightly depending what is freshly available but it is a base of apple cider vinegar steeped with onion, garlic, citrus, ginger and then any of the following herbs, turmeric, horseradish, or chilli etc
These ingredients are brewed in specific conditions for at least 4 weeks, to infuse and release their properties
What does it taste like?
Warming and sweet, vinegary, zesty & zingy!
How can I take it?
Some people love the taste as it is so can take a neat spoonful or shot. Adding raw honey to your bottle or spoonful gives a further health boost and adds to the taste. Also if you’re partial to spice then some chilli or cayenne pepper will help as a decongestant.
- Use as a salad dressing
- Toss through rice/a stew/roasted veg
- Add to a (bloody) mary or add to tonic with some ice and angosturas for an immune boosting cocktail
- Mix into orange juice to disguise the taste (good for children)
Take approx a teaspoon a day in winter months and increase to a TBSP 1-2 hourly if you feel like you are getting ill.
Why is Fire Cider good for you?
Apple Cider Vinegar – has been used for a generations for a whole host of healing properties both externally and internally. It is antibacterial, antiviral, antiseptic, gut healing and actually alkaline once consumed
Garlic – phrases such as “nature’s most powerful antibiotic” have floated around for years with garlic. With powerful antiviral & antibacterial properties, thanks to allicin, the substance created as soon raw garlic is crushed or cut. It all helps support the immune system.
Ginger –longstanding renowned for its anti nausea properties it also warms and energises the body. As well as this it is also anti-inflammatory and an expectorant (loosens mucus and aids a cough)
Onion – antibiotic, anti-inflammatory, expectorant, and antioxidant
Lemon – as we know is rich in vitamin C, detoxifier (aids liver) as well as being anti-viral, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory
Turmeric – renowned for it’s anti-inflammatory effects within the body due to its curcumin content. Black pepper is added to aid the body’s absorption of curcumin as curcumin on its own is not well absorbed by the body. Research has showed that the addition of black pepper (due to its piperine content) enhances curcumin absorption by up to 2,000%.
Raw Honey (to be added by you) – anti-viral, anti-bacterial, coats the throat, and contains beneficial enzymes to protect against infection. The effects of honey for a sore throat and cough can be more effective that the primary ingredient in most cough medicines (especially in children, although not children under 1 year old due to raw enzymes).