by Carmen Lescher
"Garlic and vinegar have been prized for thousands of years for their amazing healing powers. Alone or in combination, these foods are powerful medicine."
So starts the first chapter of Garlic and Vinegar: Nature’s Healing Twins by Julia Charles. At Red Moon Herbs one of our favorite products is our Garlic Elixir, a tangy, pungent, yet slightly sweet combination of garlic, apple cider vinegar and honey; a delicious way to nourish and stimulate your immune system. We buy our garlic and honey from local farms to make this tonic for sore throats, sinus congestion, colds and winter blues.
Since the garlic harvest season is fast approaching we’d like to share our Garlic Elixir recipe with you. As you stroll through your local farmer’s market this summer, keep an eye out for garlic and honey to brew up some zesty Garlic Elixir.
Red Moon Herbs Garlic Elixir Recipe
Makes: 1 quart; for smaller batch use same ratio
Prep time: 30 min + 6 weeks brewing time
- 10 oz Garlic
- 16 oz Apple Cider Vinegar (or other)
- 5 oz Honey
Break apart several heads of garlic into individual cloves (leaving the skins on is fine) and roughly chop with a knife or minimally chop in a food processor.
Fill a quart jar with chopped garlic, should be approximately two-thirds full.
Mix together 3 parts vinegar to 1 part honey. If your honey is too thick to mix, warm it in a saucepan over low heat until it becomes liquidy thin.
Pour the honey-vinegar mixture over the garlic until the jar is full. Use a plastic lid or cover the mouth of the jar with wax paper before securing the lid (the vinegar tends to rust metal lids).
Tend your brew every couple of days for the first week, then once a week after that. Poke it with a spoon to release air bubbles, then top it off with the vinegar.
After 6 weeks, strain out the garlic and enjoy!