07 July 2015
“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. One of our favorite remedies 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. It’s best to buy 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.
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!
Q: "I made a batch of Garlic Elixir and when I checked it the next day all the liquid and garlic had turned deep blue! What happened and is it still safe to eat?"
A: Garlic contains sulfides that react with copper compounds found in some utensils and water. This reaction will cause your Garlic Elixir to turn blue. It may be hard to avoid, since you probably don’t know which utensils have copper compounds or whether your water supply carries it. However, don’t be alarmed, even though it may look like a science experiment we know people who eat it anyway!