How To Make Winter Cider: A Fermented Powerhouse Drink For Firing Up Your Immune System

As a natural healer, it's important for me to create medicines and remedies from the products that come from the earth. As Dr. Hazel Parcells puts it, we are made up of the same minerals and elements that the earth is, so healing will come naturally for those of us who respect, and take action on, this idea. It's a beautiful image to see ourselves in the trees, the grass and the bright, blue sky and know the answer for most anything is not only within ourselves but also in the natural world that surrounds us. 

This weekend, I created my version of Winter Cider. This is a well-loved folk remedy that boosts immunity and circulation, especially during the winter. According to TCM, I have a pretty cold and damp body constitution, so I'm always integrating ways within my lifestyle to warm and dry myself up from the inside out. Winter Cider is a great way to do this while also boosting immunity during the dreary, cold months. If you want a simple, daily recipe that doesn't require making Winter Cider, try this immune boosting ACV tea

When creating Winter Cider, be prepared to cry a bit! I've never actually grated fresh horseradish root before and it's much stronger than even the strongest white onion I've ever chopped! :)

Remember to create this recipe with the general outline of ingredients and directions below, but also take into consideration your own intuition and your preferences. As always, buy organic and non-GMO products. 


How To Make Winter Cider: A Fermented Powerhouse Drink For Firing Up Your Immune System


  • Equal Parts white onion, garlic and Fresh Horseradish Root
  • 1/2 part fresh ginger
  • 1-2 small hot peppers, or cayenne pepper
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Honey To Taste
  • Large Mason Jar

My mason jar is quite big. The batch in the photo includes 1 medium white onion, 2.5 heads of garlic, and 2 cups of horseradish root + 1 cup of grated ginger. You want to make sure the jar you use is large enough to fit all your ingredients, plus gives you an additional inch or two for your apple cider vinegar to cover your veggies.


  1. Clean all your veggies, roots and peppers thoroughly
  2. Peel and chop your onion, garlic and horseradish root
  3. Peel and grate fresh ginger root
  4. Chop up hot peppers
  5. Add all to a large mason jar, including your cayenne pepper if you choose. As you can see, my mason jar is pretty massive. Make sure yours is big enough to fit all your ingredients, depending on how small or big your batch is.
  6. Cover everything with ACV + a couple inches on top
  7. Put the lid on and give it a shake
  8. Give it a taste to see if you dig the strength of cayenne
  9. Place in cool, dark place for 4-6 weeks
  10. After 4-6 weeks, strain out the veggies, then add your honey to taste
  11. Keep liquid in jar and place in fridge, or keep in cool dark place.


  • Winter Cider + whiskey during cooler months
  • Daily tonic in water and sip throughout the day
  • Salad dressing
  • Try using the veggies in a stirfry
  • Jazz up your recipes by using the winter cider in stirfry
  • Make a warm tea using a bit of Winter Cider

For a lovely step by step guide by the amazing Rosemary Gladstar, check out the video below.

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