Homemade Super Tonic Recipe Cold Remedy (a.k.a. Honey Fire Cider!) (2024)

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Get rid of your cold fast with our secret family natural cold remedy, super tonic! Similar to fire cider yet unique, this potent germ-fighting super tonic recipe contains apple cider vinegar, garlic, ginger, cayenne, pepper, and manuka honey.

Post updated December 4, 2021

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Super Tonic Recipe for the Common Cold

Everyone hates getting a cold, but every year it seems inevitable. The moment you feel it coming on, you search for a remedy. Cue the vitamin C & echinacea.

Sometimes you need something even more effective. This “super tonic” cold remedy basically combines all of the best cold-fighting compounds into one powerful blend. Of all the wonderful natural cold remedies I know, this one is the best!

Guys, this natural cold remedy is POTENT. If you’re looking for something that tastes good, this may not be the right fit (*ahem*). But if you’re looking for something that WORKS as a natural common cold remedy, look no further.

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My Introduction to the Super Tonic Cold Remedy

When my husband and I first got married, during cold and flu season, I was introduced to this strange looking (and smelling) concoction in a dark dropper bottle. It was a special recipe created by his mother that his family has been using for years.

They call it “Super Tonic,” and it’s their go-to. Any time my husband feels a cold coming on, he squirts this concoction in the back of his throat and gargles. It always seems to kick his cold in the teeth.

One time, he was extremely sick with a cold and fever but he had to be somewhere. So, he got in a warm bath and took several doses of super tonic while in the bath. His fever broke!

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But me, being the chicken that I am, didn’t want to try something that looked and smelled funny – even though I needed it. So I resisted. Eventually though, I got desperate enough to try it.

At first, it was a little hard to swallow (literally). This stuff is strong. But that’s why it works – germs struggle to survive when exposed to this super tonic.

As expected, the first few times I used it, coughing and sputtering ensued. But eventually, I got used to it and even started to like it!

And guys, let me tell you, this stuff WORKS. I finally figured out how to get rid of a cold and I can literally feel the germs dying inside my throat!

More cold remedies to try:

  • Turmeric Tea (a.k.a. Golden Milk)
  • Elderberry Tea
  • Elderberry Gummies

Super Tonic Ingredients (Honey Fire Cider)

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Here’s a run-down of the super tonic ingredients and what makes them work so well. As stated above, they’re similar to what you find in a fire cider which also traditionally includes onion, hot peppers, and horseradish. Feel free to experiment with this and add additional superfoods to your concoction.

Apple Cider Vinegar

The base this recipe, apple cider vinegar (also known as ACV) is known to benefit the body in many different ways by helping to balance pH levels and provide minerals like potassium.

Particularly for the common cold, it serves several different functions. It helps to thin and break up mucus, and the vinegar helps to kill off bacteria. The vitamin C and mineral content helps strengthen the immune system (source).

Raw Garlic

Garlic also helps the immune system fight germs, mainly through a compound called allicin which is produced when garlic is crushed. Allicin has sulfur in it, which is what gives garlic its famously strong smell and taste. According to Healthline:

These compounds have been shown to boost the disease-fighting response of some types of white blood cells in the body when they encounter viruses, such as the viruses that cause the common cold or flu.

Garlic helps to shorten the duration of your cold when you take it early. It also has antibacterial properties, making super tonic a wonderful garlic antibiotic recipe to try!

Cayenne Pepper

Cayenne pepper contains a compound called capsaicin, which helps to thin mucus and break up congestion. It is also thought to stimulate blood flow to the nasal passages and make breathing easier. Cayenne also contains Vitamin A which helps to protect the body during a cold.

Additionally, cayenne pepper also helps to bring down a fever if you have one by naturally reducing your body’s core temperature (source). Personally, it seemed to me that the super hot pepper helped to kill off all that bad bacteria too!

Raw or Manuka Honey

Honey contains many healing and soothing benefits including enzymes, antioxidants, and antibacterial properties which strengthen the body. It is also an effective cough suppressant.According to Mayo Clinic:

In one study, children age 2 and older with upper respiratory tract infections were given up to 2 teaspoons (10 milliliters) of honey at bedtime. The honey seemed to reduce nighttime coughing and improve sleep.In fact, in the study, honey appeared to be as effective as a common cough suppressant ingredient, dextromethorphan, in typical over-the-counter doses.

Local raw honey and manuka honey are best, as they contain more of the active healing enzymes than typical honey that has been heated.

Manuka honey is ideal for this recipe. It is sourced from New Zealand and has natural antiviral and antibiotic properties which are backed up by science. It’s more powerful than typical honey due to the methylglyoxal (MGO) it contains.

Adding a powerful dose of honey is what sets this super tonic apart from other fire ciders, and its sweetness also helps make the concoction easier to take.

Fresh Ginger Root

Ginger is another powerhouse for fighting a cold, as it is full of anti-viral properties. According to Home Remedies for Life, ginger “contains chemicals called sesquiterpenes which are specifically used to target rhinoviruses (the most common family of cold viruses)…It is a natural pain and fever reducer and also a mild sedative.”

When I’m sick, I also love grating fresh ginger into a mug of hot water with honey and a squirt of lemon. It’s the perfect healing tea.

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Wow, that’s a lot of cold-fighting power in those ingredients! Now, here’s a step-by-step tutorial for how to make the super tonic recipe.

Super Tonic Recipe (Honey Fire Cider) Step-by-Step

If you want the quick version, I’ve included a printable recipe card at the bottom of the post.

First, add 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar (with the mother, such as Bragg’s) to a blender.

After this, add 6-8 cloves of crushed garlic, depending on the size. I love using this garlic press.Then, add 1 inch of peeled, grated ginger.

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Tip:If you have a high-powered blender (like this Blendtec – I’m in love with it), you can just peel the garlic and ginger and let the blender do the crushing for you. If not, it’s best to pre-grate or mince the garlic & ginger.

Next, add 1/8 up to 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper. I recommend starting small and building up to the larger amount. I used organic dried cayenne pepper I had on hand, but feel free to use fresh peppers instead. A little goes a long way!

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Finally, add 1 tablespoon of local or manuka honey to the blender.

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Here’s what the mixture looks like before blending. Appetizing, eh? 😉

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Blend for 1 minute, until the mixture is smooth.

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Last, strain the mixture through a small strainer into a small jar or container.

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Ideally, you can store it in small dark amber dropper bottles.This is perfect for just squeezing a dose into the back of your throat to gargle throughout the day (be sure to shake it first).

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According to my mother-in-law’s notes, “All the germs say, ‘boys it’s too hot in here, let’s vamoose!'”

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Yield: 30

Homemade Super Tonic Cold Remedy (a.k.a. Honey Fire Cider)

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

A potent blend of the world's best cold-fighting ingredients. It's similar to the popular fire cider recipe or master tonic recipe, but it's very unique. Why? It contains manuka honey, which makes the remedy more palatable and also has cold-fighting properties!


  • 1/2 cup organic apple cider vinegar (such as Bragg's, with the Mother)
  • 6-8 cloves crushed garlic
  • 1 inch peeled grated ginger, fresh
  • 1/8-1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 TBSP local or manuka honey


  1. Add all ingredients to a blender and blend for approximately 1 minute. If using a high powered blender (such as Blendtec or Vitamix), there is no need to crush the garlic and ginger.If using a regular blender, mince the garlic and ginger first (or press it in a garlic press to crush). Homemade Super Tonic Recipe Cold Remedy (a.k.a. Honey Fire Cider!) (15)
  2. Strain through a mesh strainer into a small jar. Store in the refrigerator and use within 1 month. Homemade Super Tonic Recipe Cold Remedy (a.k.a. Honey Fire Cider!) (16)
  3. Dosage: Take 1 teaspoon (and gargle) several times per day during illness. Best taken at the onset of a cold to shorten its duration. Homemade Super Tonic Recipe Cold Remedy (a.k.a. Honey Fire Cider!) (17)


Honey should not be used for infants under 1 year of age.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 grams

Amount Per Serving:Calories: 5Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 2mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 0g

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Super Tonic Cold Remedy Notes

  • Dosage: Gargle and swallow approximately 1 teaspoon several times a day during illness. Best taken at the first sign of a sore throat.
  • Store the super tonic in the refrigerator and use within 1 month. The vinegar helps it keep it fresh.
  • This recipe is not for the faint of heart. If you’re not used to hot and spicy things, I recommend adding an extra half cup of boiled, cooled filtered (or distilled) water to the mixture to make it easier to take. You would just need to double the dose so you get the same amount of germ-fighting power.
  • If your spouse is not sick, you might recommend that they take some too. For immunity purposes, and for the fact that they might not be able to stand your breath unless they also take the Super Tonic cold remedy! 🙂

You may also like: Easy Elderberry Syrup

Now you know how to get rid of a cold fast with this effective and potent Super Tonic! Favor to ask: Could you leave a recipe rating in the comments section? I’d really appreciate it!

Tell me: What’s your favorite natural cold remedy? Are you brave enough to try super tonic?


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Homemade Super Tonic Recipe Cold Remedy (a.k.a. Honey Fire Cider!)? ›

People may use fire cider as a natural remedy against the flu and common colds. Additionally, people may consider fire cider to help relieve nasal congestion, support digestion, warm the body during cold seasons, and boost immunity.

Can fire cider cure a cold? ›

People may use fire cider as a natural remedy against the flu and common colds. Additionally, people may consider fire cider to help relieve nasal congestion, support digestion, warm the body during cold seasons, and boost immunity.

What does fire cider do for your body? ›

People who sing the praises of fire cider say it can build a healthy immune system and help fend off sickness. Here's the catch: There's no evidence that fire cider actually works — or that it does much of anything at all really. “There's nothing to show that fire cider is beneficial,” Czerwony says.

Can you keep fire cider in the fridge? ›

The Herbal Academy's fire cider recipe uses fresh herbs, so we recommend refrigerating the final preparation and using it within 6 months. If you are using dried herbs, your fire cider can be stored in a cool, dark pantry for up to 1 year. However, if you have the space, refrigeration will keep it fresher for longer.

How long does homemade fire cider last? ›

Fire cider should last about 6 months at room temperature and up to 1 year in the fridge. Before each use, give the fire cider a good shake. This helps redistribute all the flavors and ingredients that may have settled at the bottom.

What is the miracle drink for colds? ›

The powerful combination of apple, carrot and beetroot in the miracle drink is best known for building a stronger immune system and keeping infections like flu, common cold, and asthma at bay. It also improves the production of white blood cells and haemoglobin thus pumping iron levels and treating anemia.

How often should you drink fire cider when sick? ›

Fire Cider Dosage

Take a shot of fire cider or 1-2 tablespoons daily for a potent punch of immune system support and increase that dosage to 3 times a day to use it as a natural remedy to help fight off common cold symptoms.

Does fire cider help with mucus? ›

With potent ingredients, Fire Cider helps move mucus in both the upper and lower respiratory tract. It can also be used as a gargle to soothe a sore throat. Fire Cider can be mixed with hot water for a morning or afternoon pick-me-up.

Can fire cider go bad? ›

Immune Booster — It's packed with ingredients known for their immune-boosting properties so it's perfect for cold and flu season! Long Shelf Life — When properly stored, fire cider can last up to 12 months, making it a convenient health boost any time you need it.

Is fire cider good for lungs? ›

Usage: Take 1 tbsp 1-3x per day to help support & improve lung function. For more acute symptoms or illness, sip throughout the day.

How long does fire cider stay good in fridge? ›

5) Store. Fire Cider will keep unrefrigerated at cool room temperature for several months, or indefinitely in the refrigerator.

What can I do with leftover fire cider? ›

Dehydrate it and throw it in soups and stews. Make raw dehydrated “crackers” Use it as a Nacho topping. Add it to bone broth.

Does fire cider have probiotics? ›

Also note that the base liquid in all fire cider recipes is organic apple cider vinegar, which has been found to be of value stabilizing blood sugar and cholesterol, plus it's rich in B vitamins. Raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar is required to give homemade fire cider its probiotic punch.

Why is my fire cider cloudy? ›

Pectin: Apples contain pectin, which is a naturally occurring substance that gives the cider a cloudy appearance. Commercial brands use various methods to remove pectin, such as adding pectinase enzymes or filtering the cider.

How long is too long to ferment fire cider? ›

Making fire cider involves more patience than science—you have to let it ferment for at least three, and up to six, weeks. The basics are quite simple, and you can add or subtract quantities and ingredients to suit your taste buds.

Can you reuse fire cider pulp? ›

The strained pulp can be dehydrated and used as one heck of a spice mix, or used to make a second batch of fire cider. Just place the pulp back into the original jar and top with apple cider vinegar to restart the process.

How do you use fire cider when sick? ›

Typically Fire Cider lovers keep a bottle on hand to take dropperfuls whenever needed, whether on a cold morning or during an afternoon slump. You can also take a shot of it first thing in the morning alone or with warm lemon water.

Is cider good when sick? ›

It's also easy to drink. As such, it can help to prevent dehydration if you're sick. Diluting the cider with water helps to cut down on the amount of sugar you take in. It also can help prevent symptoms like diarrhea, which can come when you have too much sugar.

Does cider vinegar help a cold? ›

Research has shown that apple cider vinegar has antimicrobial properties and can kill bacteria, yeasts, and fungal infections. However, one study found that apple cider vinegar was not effective against influenza and may not have any effect against viruses, which are the cause of the common cold.


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