How to Make Instant Pot Elderberry Syrup

Elderberry syrup is a staple in our refrigerator and I recommend it to everyone.  This syrup is easy to find in stores for purchase; however, it is actually super easy to make.  Recently, I made elderberry syrup using my Instant Pot and was thrilled with the results.  If you are wondering how to make Instant Pot elderberry syrup this post is for you!  This recipe is easy to make, tastes great, and works wonderfully!

If you don’t have an Instant Pot, it is okay!  Click here for my recipe that uses a sauce pan.

If you are in a hurry you can scroll to the bottom for a printable recipe!

How to Make Instant Pot Elderberry Syrup

Benefits of Elderberry Syrup

People have used elderberry syrup for hundreds of years. It is filled with antioxidants and is known to boost the immune system.   There are many benefits of elderberry syrup, here are a few:

  • Fights the flu
  • Reduces cold duration
  • Anti-inflammatory properties – I find that it really helps with sinus infections
  • Lowers blood sugar
  • Natural diuretic
  • Natural laxative
  • Many more benefits,  maybe I’ll write a post on  all of them one day 🙂

If I hear of any bugs going around elderberry syrup is my first defense.   My kids ask for it when they begin to feel crummy, they know it works!

Ingredients

The ingredients needed to make homemade elderberry syrup are easy to find, you probably already have most of them in your kitchen.

  • Dried elderberries – I use these organic berries
  • Filtered water
  • Raw honey – I use local honey (Travena –  for my local friends)

**you can stop here and just use the three above ingredients or you can pick from or use all of the below ingredients**

  • 1 inch fresh ginger
  • 2-3 cinnamon sticks
  • 3 cloves

For this recipe you also need an Instant Pot.  If you don’t have one, no worries, follow this recipe instead!

How to Make Instant Pot Elderberry Syrup

Place all of your ingredients EXCEPT the honey in the Instant Pot.  Lock the lid on the pot and turn the valve to the sealing position.

Touch the manual button then use the +/- to select 12 minutes.

When your Instant Pot beeps and the cook time is complete push cancel.

Perform a quick release by placing a rag or towel over the valve, then turn towards you to release the pressure.

Set your Instant Pot to saute.

Saute the mixture for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.  The mixture will reduce by half.

Turn the Instant Pot off.

Using a potato masher, mash the berries up.

How to Make Instant Pot Elderberry Syrup

Strain your berries.  I compost the remaining berries.  Allow this mixture to cool.

How to Make Instant Pot Elderberry Syrup

Once the mixture has cooled add the raw (local) honey and stir well until combined.

How to Make Instant Pot Elderberry Syrup

Done!  You have now made a delicious batch of elderberry syrup!

I store my syrup in a mason jar in the refrigerator for several weeks.

How to Make Instant Pot Elderberry Syrup

Dosage:

My kids take 1/2-1 tsp a day.  I take 1 1/2 tsp – 1 tbsp a day.
During cold and flu season or when we find ourselves ill we take the syrup every 2-3 hours, until we are feeling better.
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Printable Recipe

How to Make Instant Pot Elderberry Syrup
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If you are wondering how to make Instant Pot elderberry syrup this post is for you. This recipe is easy to make, tastes great, and works wonderfully!
Ingredients
  • 1 cup dried elderberries
  • 4 cups filtered water
  • 1 cup raw honey
  • ** you can stop here or add all or a few of the following:
  • 1 inch fresh ginger
  • 2-3 cinnamon sticks
  • 3 cloves
Instructions
  1. Place all of the ingredients EXCEPT the honey in the Instant Pot.
  2. Put the lid on, lock it, set the valve to the sealing position.
  3. Set to manual pressure for 12 minutes
  4. Once cook time is complete perform a quick pressure release
  5. Press cancel to turn off the pot then select saute
  6. Saute for 10 minutes, liquid will reduce by half
  7. Mash berries with a potato masher and strain through a fine mesh strainer
  8. Let your liquid cool to room temperature PRIOR to adding the honey
  9. Add honey, stir, and store in jars - this will last for several weeks
  10. My kids take ½-1 tsp a day and I take 1½ tsp- 1 tbsp a day.
  11. During cold and flu season or when we find ourselves ill we take the syrup every 2-3 hours, until we are feeling better.

 

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