Honey-Sweetened Cranberry Juice (Instant Pot)
Easy Instant Pot Drink (and a tip!)
You can test that by pressing “Keep Warm/Cancel” button and if the light toggles off and on, you can disable the “keep warm” function and instead it will “cancel” automatically. As mentioned, not all Instant Pots have this ability, so either check your user manual or press the “Keep Warm/Cancel” button twice to check. For this recipe, you don’t want the Instant Pot to continue to keep warm, therefore, you can also simply press “Cancel” once the cooking time has concluded.
At what temperature does Raw Honey loose it’s effectiveness?
Raw honey is unheated and minimally processed. Heating honey past it’s maximum hive temperature of 96 degrees Fahrenheit changes the honey’s structure and degrades its quality. Furthermore, it destroys the beneficial enzymes and nutrients that are highly coveted in raw honey.
Want to know why raw honey is best?
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To get maximum benefit from using raw honey, be sure to test your cranberry juice before adding honey to it. You don’t want the juice to be over 96 degrees Fahrenheit before adding raw honey.
Alternatively, you may use other mineral rich sweeteners that are not destroyed by heat such as maple syrup or coconut sugar. For me, honey and cranberry go perfect together, but if you’re in a rush, feel free to use other healthy sweeteners.
One Final Tip
Cooking liquids in the pressure cooker can be notoriously time-consuming. It takes the cooker time to bring all that liquid up to pressure then the actual cooking time. For this reason, I only add 1/2 gallon of water for the cooking time. I add the remaining water after it’s strained. Doing it this way also kickstarts the cooling process.
Enjoy as Cider or Iced
This is a great drink to be enjoyed warm (but not to exceed 96 degrees Fahrenheit 😉 ). We prefer to drink this cold, topped with a few lemon slices and a sprig of mint to keep with the holiday cheer.
See how it’s made:
Honey-Sweetened Cranberry Juice
This festive drink can be made in the Instant Pot and enjoyed hot or iced.
Add cranberries, cinnamon and 1/2 gallon of filtered water to pressure cooker inner pot.
Close lid and set to sealing position.
Press "Manual" and reduce time to 8 minutes.
After cooking time has concluded, turn off Instant Pot by pressing "Cancel" and allow to naturally release pressure.
When safe to do so (check for safety valve to be down), carefully open lid and remove inner pot. Set it on a cooling rack or another safe surface to cool.
Once cooled enough to handle, strain to remove cranberry pulp and cinnamon stick.
Add remaining water and continue to cool juice before adding lemon and honey.
When juice has cooled considerably, add freshly squeezed lemon juice and raw honey. Stir well.
Enjoy slightly warm as a cider or iced as juice. Can be stored in refrigerator for up to 2 months.
Note: To keep the maximum nutrient and enzyme profile of raw honey, be sure the juice has cooled to 99F degrees before adding it.
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