Herbalista’s Fire Cider Brigade is a team of volunteers who make and distribute gallons of Fire Cider each month to provide wellness support for our friends on the street in and around Atlanta, GA. 

Fire Cider is a spicy, warming vinegar remedy made with kitchen herbs and spices.  It’s simple to make and a fantastic all around healing remedy.  We offer seasonal Medicine Making Workshops to create these fiery batches as a community.  This means there is extra healing energy in every batch.   We currently make and distribute two seasonal versions– in the winter we share Elderberry Fire Cider with extra immune supportive herbs and in the summer we share Fire Cider Heart Tonic with an emphasis on cardio-vascular and antioxidant herbs.


If you have any questions, please be in contact with us at 🔥 Our current Fire Cider Brigade Coordinator is Keri Tope. 


NEXT SESSION: July 27th from 2 – 5 PM

Location: Brownwood Park Rec Center in East Atlanta (full directions upon registration)
Cost: FREE
Click here to Register

Herbalista’s Fire Cider Brigade makes and distributes gallons of Fire Cider to provide wellness support for our friends on the street in and around Atlanta, GA.  We are so thankful for the volunteers who create these fiery batches and then press, bottle, and label them each month for distribution.   

We hope you can join us as we create several gallons of this fire-y tonic as well as press, bottle and label previously made batches.  Making this medicine together as a community puts loads of healing energy into every bottle!


June 23, 2024
Brownwood Park Rec Center, ATL

April 13, 2024
Brownwood Park Rec Center, ATL

February 17, 2024
Brownwood Park Rec Center, ATL

November 4, 2023
Brownwood Park Rec Center, ATL

September 30, 2023
Brownwood Park Rec Center, ATL

July 29, 2023
Brownwood Park Rec Center, ATL

June 25, 2023
Brownwood Park Rec Center, ATL

April 1, 2023
Herbalista HQ, ATL

February 11, 2023
Herbalista HQ, ATL

February 4, 2023
Herbalista HQ, ATL

December 11, 2022
Little Five Points Community Center, ATL


Herbalista Lorna first learned to make Fire Cider from the teachings of Rosemary Gladstar who popularized it through her many books and classes.   Here’s what Rosemary says about this wonderful elixir:

“Fire Cider is a popular traditional herbal remedy freely shared, made, produced and sold by hundreds of herbalists across the world. The remedy has taken on many different amendments over time, somewhat like chicken soup. Many people have their favorite version, but the base consists of fresh garlic, onions, ginger, horseradish and chili peppers that sit in vinegar for the desired amount of time, are strained, and then a bit of something sweet is usually added at the end. The remedy is used to help warm up the body, and generally acts a stimulant and antimicrobial used during cold and flu season.”

Learn more about the story of Fire Cider and its role in the fight to protect herbal medicine and herbal knowledge, keeping it in the hands of the people.

Safe, effective, easy to make and use, Fire Cider is kitchen medicine at its finest. One this page we offer the tools for you to begin to make spicy batches of your own!


Fire Cider Making Video

In this video, Lorna demonstrates making a batch of the Elderberry Fire Cider.  Please use the worksheet to follow along.

Elderberry Fire Cider Recipe


Fire Cider Heart Tonic Recipe




Though we had been offering Fire Cider Making Workshops for many years, the Atlanta Fire Cider Brigade officially came together in 2020, during the pandemic, as a way to support those living on the streets.  The Herbalista crew was joined by community members who had attended our Solidarity Medicine Making Workshops to creating many gallons of Fire Cider each month.   

Due to the constraints of COVID, folks were making and bottling the Fire Cider in their homes and dropping it to HQ.  We distributed the bottles in HerbCare Packs via the Mercy Community Soup Kitchen, the South Bend Commons, Atlanta Jail Support and other initiatives.  Eventually, in 2022, we were able to once again work together as a team to make the Fire Cider.

We can’t wait to hear the story of your Brigade.   Here are some tools to get you started! 


A massive thanks to the original Fire Cider Brigade in Atlanta who rolled up their sleeves to help the Herbalista Free Clinic continue to serve our friends on the street when COVID first hit.  And also to Sara Harmelin, an Herbalista Apprentice when the pandemic hit, who took on the immense task of helping to create the systems you see here!