by: Yuri Elkaim

Bonfire Cider: The Natural Flu Remedy

Do you have a thing for apple cider vinegar? You absolutely should. I’ve addressed its powerful health benefits before.

If you haven’t already started “drinking the kool-aid” so to speak, you’ll want to read these 3 Science-Backed Reasons to Drink Apple Cider Daily and add my Apple Cider Soda Detox Drink to your daily diet regiment.

Apple cider vinegar is one of the most potent and affordable natural remedies out there. Alkalizing, nourishing and naturally detoxing, it’s an absolute must-have in your nutrition arsenal.

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So, what happens when you take apple cider vinegar, spike it with immunity-boosting and bacteria-blasting herbs and spices, and leave it to ferment for a month on your shelf?

It becomes what I call “the ultimate flu-fighting torcher”, a.k.a. Bonfire Cider. This stuff is downright essential when you want a flu remedy to torch potential viruses from your system.

Can’t wait a month? Try my Feel Better Tea for Cold and Flu instead.

All About My Ultimate Flu Remedy, Bonfire Cider

This flu remedy elixir is amazing. It not only soothes and warms, but works to clean your internal systems and provides a natural boost to your immune system. As the seasons change, we’re all likely to pick up some unwanted cold and flu viruses, but if you keep this incredible elixir in your medicine cabinet, you can stave them off.

Apple cider vinegar is amazing on its own, but once it’s infused with roots, bulbs, and herbs, the resulting flu remedy drink contains potent antiviral, antimicrobial, and antibacterial properties. After you let it ferment for a month, you’ll have a spicy, nutrient-fueled cider that you can enjoy daily.

Why This Natural Flu Remedy Works

Bonfire cider may be new to you, but it’s actually been around for a while, and has deep roots in folk medicine. It contains several simple, natural ingredients, all of which are immensely powerful and have been used in healing for centuries. Here’s why it’s so powerful:

  • Ginger, garlic and peppers promote a healthy circulatory system by stimulating blood flow throughout the body. This helps to remove wastes and acidic pH levels in the body.
  • Echinacea root and the high levels of vitamin C in this drink work to boost your immune system and help fight off potential illness.
  • The powerful antiviral properties of both garlic and apple cider vinegar will help to reduce any flu-ey symptoms you come down with.

How to Use It

Since this is a folk preparation, you can use whatever herbs and ingredients that are in-season when you prepare it. Just make sure to include a base of apple cider vinegar, garlic, ginger, onion and peppers, and add on from there.

When preparing this recipe, be sure to clean the outer peels of all veggies thoroughly with fruit cleaner, since you’ll be using the peels in the fermentation process.

Once you’ve prepped a batch, there are a dozen ways to include bonfire cider in your diet, from taking it straight by the spoonful to adding it to recipes such as fried rice and salads. Add a splash to your soups (my Garlic Soup for Colds plus this Bonfire Cider makes for a killer nutrient-dense combo). Or, keep it simple and sweeten your bonfire cider with honey, stirring it into your favorite teas or taking by the spoonful in a daily dose.

Despite the wild combination of ingredients, I think you’ll find the flavor to be quite palatable. It’s much more mild than you might guess, and not at all hard to swallow. It’s strong, yet simple medicine that will knock out any bug you catch.

Natural Flu Remedy: Apple Cider Vinegar Elixir

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Bonfire Cider: The Natural Flu Remedy
Bonfire cider is an incredible elixir to have in your arsenal during this time when your body is vulnerable to circulating viruses. It also makes for a soothing tea and flavorful addition to soups and stir fries.
Natural Flu Remedy
Prep Time 15 minutes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Natural Flu Remedy
  1. Layer the sliced ginger, turmeric, horseradish root, onion, garlic, lemon, echinacea root, cinnamon sticks and rosemary in a quart sized mason jar. Add apple cider vinegar, making sure to completely cover the herbs; left uncovered, they can spoil.
  2. Cover the top of the jar with parchment paper and cap tightly. Store in a warm location for one month.
  3. Strain and discard the herbs. Mix the remaining fermented juice with raw honey. Store in fridge and take one teaspoon when illness strikes, or stir into soups or smoothies for an added immunity boost.
Recipe Notes

Since the herbs and jar-packing specifics will vary from kitchen to kitchen, feel free to use additional apple cider vinegar to top off your jar. This recipe is more of an art than a science, so exact amounts don't necessarily apply when it comes to the vinegar.

This doesn't need to be refrigerated, but you can store it in the fridge after the initial month of fermentation.

Like most fermented foods, the longer it sits, the stronger it gets. However, I'd recommend using it within 3 months or so (after that initial fermentation month). You don't need this stuff laying around for years, but rather it should be enjoyed in the season you made it.

And, of course, if the jar or lid show any sign of rust or mold, then it's time to toss it and make a fresh batch (though this has never happened to me).

Yuri Elkaim

Yuri Elkaim

Yuri Elkaim is one of the world’s most trusted health and fitness experts. A former pro soccer player turned NYT bestselling author of The All-Day Energy Diet and The All-Day Fat Burning Diet, his clear, science-backed advice has transformed the lives of more than 500,000 men and women and he’s on a mission to help 100 million people by 2040. Read his inspiring story, “From Soccer to Bed to No Hair on My Head” that started it all.