Kill Shot! – Fire Cider Tonic

Every now and again you discover something amazing.  I was visiting some dear friends and spied in the corner of their kitchen a kilner jar of something that looked amazing, quietly brewing and waiting to be consumed. This was when I found out about fire cider tonic.

I asked what it was and was nonchalantly told it was “Kill Shot”. Well with a name like that I was now really interested –“What in the world is Kill Shot” I asked and was told it kills bugs and lurgies.  I was invited to try some, but warned that it contained a lot of chillies, horseradish, garlic, ginger and would be very hot and spicy to try.  Well a small amount of the muddy yellow liquid was ladled into a shot glass for me to try.  Just one whiff of the stuff and my sinuses were running for cover – WOW, and with a certain amount of in trepidation I whooped it down.  

It was amazing, hot, spicy, firey and I could literally feel it trickling not just down my throat but down my torso too.  I suddenly felt very alive, which was great as I was just about to get in the car for a three and a half hour drive home and it was dark and around 6.00 pm.

The effects

I don’t like driving long distances at night, and usually have to stop at least once and sometimes twice depending on how tired I am.  Well after about two hours I noticed I was still feeling very alive, my eye sight was amazing and I was not tired with all the headlights. I was also very aware of everything around me.  This was not usual for me and the only thing I could put it down to was the “Kill Shot”.  I arrived home having driven for three and a half hours straight and still felt amazing, the drive had been a breeze.  This was extra-ordinary and the next day I set about sourcing fresh horseradish to make this amazing concoction.  By the way you have to be patient it takes one month to brew – so here is what is in it:

Fire Cider Tonic Ingredients:

  1. 1/2 cup fresh grated ginger root
  2. 1/2 cup fresh grated horseradish root
  3. 1 medium onion, chopped
  4. 10 cloves of garlic, crushed
  5. Zest and juice from 1 lemon
  6. 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
  7. 2 tablespoons of dried rosemary leaves
  8. 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  9. 1 tablespoon turmeric powder
  10.  Raw apple cider vinegar with the mother tincture
  11.  Raw honey to taste


  1. Add the prepared herbs, spices, and lemon juice and zest to a quart-sized jar.
  2. Top off the jar with apple cider vinegar, leaving some room at the top for shaking the jar.
  3. Cover the jar, but place a piece of wax paper or parchment paper under the lid to keep the cider from touching the metal lid.
  4. Shake very well to get everything mixed together. Then store in a cool, dry place (like a pantry or cupboard) for a month. Remember to shake the jar daily!
  5. After a month, strain out the pulp through a cheesecloth, pouring the cider into a clean jar. Squeeze out as much liquid from the pulp as possible.
  6. Add 1/4 cup honey to the strained cider and stir well. Taste the cider and, if needed, add more honey to reach desired sweetness.

Further Suggestions:

  1. Take 1 tablespoon a day as a preventive measure, or 3 tablespoons at the first sign of a cold.
  2. Add it to vegetable juice, or make a non-alcoholic bloody mary by adding some olives and pickles to the juice.
  3. Splash it on fried rice.
  4. Drizzle over a salad along with some olive oil.
  5. Use the strained pulp (yay for no waste!) and add it to shredded veggies to make stir fries and spring rolls.
Fire Cider Tonic

Fire Cider Tonic – Lilias Ahmeira Holistic Practitioner







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