Getting ready for takeoff with Six Senses’ Rocket Fuel elixir
By Christina Jelski
I wasn’t 100% sure I’d be able to get my first sip of Rocket Fuel down without a fight.
After all, the recipe’s pungent blend of apple cider vinegar, onion, garlic, citrus, herbs and spices is far from well-balanced, and hardly seems palatable on its own. The concoction, however, isn’t really intended to be sipped slowly and savored.
According to Celia Lam, director of Six Senses’ Eat With Six Senses culinary platform, a Rocket Fuel shot offers medicinal properties that “helps to support your immunity.”
When Lam makes it, she opts for raw, organic apple cider vinegar with “that funny, gooey thing we call a ‘mother’ at the bottom, which is actually a live culture. When you improve your gut and your digestion, you improve your immunity.”
Lam developed Rocket Fuel to work triple duty: a digestive aid, energy booster and cold or flu remedy. Vinegar isn’t the recipe’s only star: Garlic, Lam said, is a natural antimicrobial; turmeric is an anti-inflammatory; and lemons and oranges provide vitamin C.
Lam based the ingredients on what is widely available while traveling, to which she adds “some amazing, indigenous herbs.”
The simplicity of the recipe and being able to customize it according to locale is a huge part of its appeal. Though I am far from being a health food junkie, I was able to find nearly every ingredient needed in my pantry and fridge, save for fresh thyme.
The accessibility of its ingredients has likely helped Rocket Fuel gain steam online, with the tutorial on how to make it among the top-viewed videos on Six Senses’ recently launched At Home With Six Senses digital wellness platform. According to Lam, the clip has reached more than 20,000 people via the Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas Facebook page alone.
Of course, with the pandemic still looming large, it’s not entirely surprising that an elixir claiming to boost immunity would be in high demand. Still, the response surpassed Lam’s expectations, given how new the brand is to the digital space.
And considering the wide cultural reach the brand has, Lam has found ways to remix the formula for different tastes. For those turned off by Rocket Fuel’s vinegary flavor, the “Pineapple Rocket” mocktail, shaken up with fresh pineapple juice and ice, is served in a Champagne glass and topped with soda and a garnish.
As for me, I’ve learned to enjoy my Rocket Fuel the old-fashioned way. I’ve been taking the drink in shot form as the recipe prescribes, downing a tablespoon of the beverage half an hour before a big meal, or as a pick-me-up after a long workday.
If you start to feel under the weather or “get that scratchy feeling in your throat,” Lam recommends taking a tablespoon three to four times daily. She also swears by it as an antidote to jet lag.
“Rocket Fuel is kind of like a daily wellness boost for whatever your ailment might be,” said Lam. “Plus, it’s so easy and cost-effective. It’s all about working with what you have.”
Makes about 500-750 ml
- 500-750 ml (2-3 cups) apple cider vinegar, preferably organic
- 250 g (half of one) white or yellow onion, cut into wedges
- 250 g (1 small) orange, cut into wedges
- 120 g (1 small) lemon, cut into wedges – or two limes
- 30 g (7.5 cm long) fresh ginger root, sliced
- 30 g (1 generous bunch) herbs - e.g., thyme, rosemary, tarragon
- 15 g (5 cm long) fresh turmeric root, sliced (or 1 Tbsp powder)
- 15 g (2-3 cloves) garlic
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 Tbsp whole black peppercorns
- optional: 1-3 Tbsp raw honey (added after infusion, as desired)
- BRUISE. Gently smash ginger, turmeric and garlic with base of your knife to release oils.
- LAYER. Place ingredients in alternate layers in a clean, glass container with a lid.
- FILL. Cover fully with vinegar and seal container.
- INFUSE. Place jar in a cool location such as your kitchen counter and let infuse 4-6 weeks. If you need to dip in sooner – no problem! – the longer you wait, the stronger the medicine.
- STRAIN. Pass liquid into a bowl or container. Gently press to release juices.
- BALANCE. If desired, add honey to taste (1 Tbsp at a time) OR squeeze some orange juice to cut the sharpness. Rocket Fuel is meant to be bold and not overly sweet. It should have some bite!
- STORE: Best consumed within 3 months for freshness. Will keep up to one year, refrigerated.
Note: Some research indicates that, due to its high acidity, apple cider vinegar should be consumed only after being diluted 5:1 to protect tooth enamel and prevent possible irritation to the throat, esophagus and stomach. Though prepared as a shot, Rocket Fuel can also be mixed with other liquid.