“Knock Your Socks Off” Cold-Kicking Cider

Post by Contributing Writer, Katie

I don’t know about you, but it’s important to me boost my family’s immune system and treat colds as naturally as possible. This time of year you will find elderberry syrup, homemade chicken stock, immunity boosting tincture and this cider at my house.

Be forewarned, this cider is not for the faint of heart; it will knock your socks off and kick your cold while it’s at it. It is loaded with vitamins‚ antioxidants and phyto-nutrients.

Let’s go over all the powerful ingredients that make up this cider:


Onions are always a culinary delight at my house. Did you know that they stimulate your immune system? They are also full of antiseptic and antiviral properties that are needed to fight off a cold.


What home is complete without it? Garlic is known for its strong antibacterial properties, it works better than man-made antibiotics in my opinion. It improves the circulatory system, strengthens your immune system and promotes detoxification.


Rosemary is antibacterial, a source of vitamin C, good for digestive health and an immunity booster. It also dries up mucus (so nursing mamas may want to skip this addition).


Ginger improves blood flow and circulation, is a natural anti-inflammatory, warms the body and relieves pain.


Turmeric is antimicrobial; it attacks bacterial and vital infections, destroying them.  It is very effective in treating illness of the respiratory system. It is also an anti-inflammatory.


This spicy little pepper is awesome! Cayenne reduces pain and discomfort. It is also used as an anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and digestive herb.

“Knock Your Socks Off” Cold-Kicking Cider

1 onion
1 head of garlic
¼ cup fresh or dried rosemary
¼ cup chopped ginger root
2 tbs turmeric
2 TBS cayenne (or about 10 dried cayenne peppers)
About 1 quart of raw apple cider vinegar (with the mother, Braggs is a good brand)

Corsley chopped the onion and garlic. Add everything but the vinegar to a glass jar. Pour the apple cider vinegar over the top and screw on the lid. Storing out of direct sun light.

Shake once or twice a day for three to four weeks. Strain and pour into a clean glass jar or bottle.

Taking Your Cider

If desired you can add raw honey to tame this spicy cider down a bit and for added healing properties. Warm the cider over low heat, stir in one cup of honey until dissolved.

At the first signs of a cold take 2 TBS up to 5 times daily.  I would not advise giving this to children under the age of two. For children, take 1 to 2 teaspoons up to five times a day.

How to Take It

  • Straight
  • In Soup
  • In Vegetable Juice
  • As a Salad Dressing

What are your favorite cold remedies?

Katie is a dorm “mama” to 12 amazing girls ages 8 to 18 at a home and school for the Deaf in Baja California, Mexico. She and her “hijas” can be frequently found in the kitchen, the garden or making friends with their new chickens. She loves to read, hike the hills near her home and spend time with her girls. In her spare time Katie blogs at Mexican Wildflower about nourishing foods, herbal remedies, simple living, raising her girls and encouraging other women in their walk with Christ.

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14 comments to “Knock Your Socks Off” Cold-Kicking Cider

  • Debbie

    How long does this last in the fridge for?


    Katie Reply:

    Mine is about 8 month old, so I would guess over a year.


  • Solomon

    I have a very difficult time with colds and flus. They often last over a month and frequently have turned into pneumonia in the past. I’m going to try your remedy, and have most of the ingredients you prescribe for the recipe. If it works, I’ll be forever thankful.


  • John

    This is also called Fire Cider. Honey addition is almost a must, as is some lemon and orange juice, and horseradish. This stuff will stop any cold/ virus in it’s track. I do a shot almost every morning!!!!


  • Susan

    A friend came to visit me when I was sick and he made the Fire Cider. I will agree, it kills whatever seems to be the problem and it does it quickly. my advice on the taste – just get through it the best you can, because it’s rough. Well worth it, but rough. I’ll be mixing my batch now. thanks for the reminder.


  • Gina

    How long and how do you store it? You usually don’t have 2 weeks notice before your cold right. So do you make and keep all winter? In the fridge?


    Katie Reply:

    It’s best to make it up before the cold and flu season starts. I try to keep a batch on hand at all times. It should stay good for at least 8 months out on the counter. If you are a brave soul you could always take a teaspoon of the mixture herbs and all for a few days.


  • Cari

    Hi, I have seen a similar recipe called “master tonic”. They suggest making it on the new moon for more potency :)based on the farmer’s almanac


  • and people think im nuts for using a rock glass and putting a half inch of braggs apple cider vinegar and honey then hot water .used to do the vinegar ,garlic,cayenne peper as hot as could be delt with and tomato juice.will have to try this


  • Good post. I learn something new and challenging
    on blogs I stumblepon every day. It will always be helpful to read articles from other writers and
    use a little something from their sites.


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  • Jeanmarie

    This famous old recipe works on humans and chickens (I fed it to mine regularly), and is variously known as master tonic, fire cider, and Dr. Christopher’s anti-plague tonic. Give credit where credit is due. The rosemary is a nice addition, though I’ve seen that used before.


  • Carol

    Hi: Is that 2 TBS or 2 tsp of turmeric?


  • Cheryl Burgoyne

    Do you think adding some oregano to this would be good? I know this stuff works as I use apple cider tonics as my go-to’s when sick, but know oregano is as powerful as garlic if not more so. I’m also wondering if this might help for a bacterial stomach issue I have minus the honey since it feeds on sugar (would take it with coconut or olive oil instead). What do you think?


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