ACV aka Apple Cider Vinegar. It’s got a pretty strong reputation for being all that and a bag of vegetables. With anti-bacterial benefits that help boost the immune system, provide alkalizing properties, and is even a strong promoter of digestive health, ACV sounds like a dream. So, what makes ACV so special?
Well, first there’s the “mother,” which is a culture of beneficial bacteria that turned apple cider into vinegar in the first place. Think of it as the SCOBY found in Kombucha. Basically, it’s a bunch of beneficial acids in the shape of a murky substance. (Note that clear and pasteurized vinegars don’t have the mother and won’t contain the same benefits.)
Beyond being helpful for digestion woes such as acid reflux and a major boost to your immune system, it’s strong in the beauty department too. Known for being a hair rinse to increase condition and shine as well as help with sunburns, skin rashes, and mosquito bites. Basically, it’s (almost) a cure-all and should have a standing place in your kitchen and medicine cabinet.
Now you may take a look down the aisle at your supermarket and notice that not all ACVs are created equal. Mothers will only be found in unfiltered vinegars and favorites like Bragg Organic Raw Unfiltered ACV, which boasts a very murky mother. To gain all these benefits, it’s time to ingest it and if you’ve ever attempted to take a shot of pure ACV, you may have been a bit taken back by the taste. That’s where Fire Cider comes into play, a combination of ACV and spices that give you all the same health benefits with a little less impact on the senses.
Created by Dana St. Pierre for his wife Amy Huebner, Fire Cider is a tonic based on his grandmother, Elisabet’s, own home remedy to keep her family “hale and hearty.” Even though the original recipe has evolved from a combination of onions, garlic, and honey to a combination of spicy-sweet flavors that is now the Fire Cider tonic that is available today, it still maintains its ability to keep your body strong, even in those cold New England winters.
Shire City Herbals, the creators of Fire Cider, who include St. Pierre, Huebener, and Huebener’s brother, Brian, have started a trend and we don’t see it stopping. As someone who occasionally remembers to add her ACV to her morning water, I saw the opportunity to get on board and take a Fire Cider shot each morning (I decided to go for the shot instead of diluting because they sent me the cutest little shot glass). However, I also tried diluting it with some seltzer and it was delicious.
According to the label, Fire Cider is an heirloom folk recipe that’s a “potent mix of roots, fruits, and spices, carefully chosen for potency and flavor.” The instructions go like this: shake first, then take. Now, I must warn you, it’s still vinegar! So, if you’re a little sensitive to the stuff, try diluting it first. After you figure out if you’re going straight in or dipping a toe, you’ll soon come to realize that this stuff is delicious.
One shot in and you still get the zing of vinegar, but this time you can taste the warmth of the spices that it’s brewed with. Your body also gets an extra dose of love from the additions of horseradish, ginger, habanero peppers, oranges, lemons, and turmeric (still combined with the original recipe of garlic and onions, giving you the chance to up your immunity and beauty game.
It’s important to share that they work with a number of certified organic farmers and make their tonics near their home base of the Berkshires in Massachusetts. They also compost any food waste, are located in a solar-powered building, and use fully recyclable bottles and packing materials. Quite literally, they practice what they preach.
A few months in and I’m still hooked. I’ll happily report that I haven’t been sick, my stomach has been regular (thank you very much), and my skin is glowing. Can I liken this all to Fire Cider? Most likely not, but if taking that shot in the morning gives me the reminder I need to lead a healthier lifestyle, then I’m all in it.
And finally, yes, you could make your own version of Fire Cider, but when someone else does it so well, why even bother?
For more information about its benefits and where you can purchase your own bottle of Fire Cider, visit FireCider.com. They even have a recipe for a Grapefruit Maple Cooler that is well worth a try!