Instant Pot Dynamite Cold Tonic

Instant Pot Dynamite Cold Tonic Recipe

If you need to jolt a cold out of your body with brute force, you might consider starting here. This head-clearing, sniffle-blasting tonic is the color of Tang, with flavor like a stick of ginger dynamite. It's a nuclear version of the Honey-Turmeric Tonic in the Coco Morante Essential Instant Pot Cookbook - hydrating, aromatic, invigorating, decongesting, immune boosting, and not for the faint of heart. I made it for Wayne who was fighting a bit of a head cold last week, and sipped on it myself just because it made me feel like I was treating my insides to a spa day.

Instant Pot Dynamite Cold Tonic Recipe

For reference, this is the Instant Pot I used for this recipe: Instant Pot DUO Plus 6 Qt 9-in-1

Instant Pot Dynamite Cold Tonic Recipe

Instant Pot Dynamite Cold Tonic Recipe

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Instant Pot Dynamite Cold Tonic Recipe

Instant Pot Dynamite Cold Tonic

6 cups water
3 tablespoons honey, or more to taste
2 cinnamon sticks
1 teaspoon dried turmeric
3 dried arbol chiles
3-inch knob of fresh ginger, peeled, sliced 1/4-inch thick, and smashed

Combine all of the ingredients in the Instant Pot. Secure the lid, and set the pressure release to SEALING. Select MANUAL, and pressure cook on HIGH for 5 minutes. Allow to NATURAL RELEASE for up to 25 minutes (or QUICK RELEASE after 15 minutes, for slightly weaker tonic). Strain, and transfer to glass jars. Serve warm, sweetened with a bit more honey or maple syrup if needed ;). It's best hot.

Makes 6 cups.

For reference, this is the Instant Pot I used for this recipe: Instant Pot DUO Plus 6 Qt 9-in-1

Prep time: 5 min - Cook time: 30 min

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I don’t eat honey, have you tried it made with either agave or maple syrup? Looks amazing!

HS: Hi Mary, yes, go for it!


Lovely! How long would you simmer this on the stovetop, for those of us with colds and flu but without an Instant Pot?

HS: Just until it tastes strong enough to you :)!

3rd Coast Girl

Is dried turmeric the same as turmeric powder?

HS: Hi Smita, yes, same thing.


How long will this remain good for assuming it is stored with a tight seal?


I made the dynamite Cold Tonic and found it very good. How much do you take each day as it did not say. How long can you keep it in the fridge if you make a double batch.
Thank you.

HS: I just sip on small glasses of it. It'll keep for a few days.


I modified it slightly. I made it more concentrated, only using 1/2 the water. When I'm ready to drink it, I mix it with the same amount of boiling water and a splash of lemon. Plus, I tossed in about 10 peppercorns, a few whole cloves, and doubled the turmeric. It definitely packs a kick!

HS: Brave! :)


Perfect timing!

Fred Knox

I made this today and it tastes lovely. (To me anyway, the verdict is still out from the 10 year old!) I'm hopeful that it will help knock out the cold that my little germ incubator has brought home from school. I do have a question--is 1 tsp correct? Maybe my turmeric was not as strong as it should've been or perhaps I'm just a freak for turmeric but it felt like it could go higher. Also, what do you think about using fresh turmeric? I saw some at the store and couldn't resist since they look like little worms. ;-) Thanks for sharing this!

HS: Stay well Collette! Yes, I would start with 1 teaspoon, and build from there to your liking. Some people end up with really tannic turmeric, so if I'm more aggressive with the amount in my recipes, it can backfire. There's a real range. i've don't batches with 1 1/2 teaspoons and you can definitely tell!


Thank you for the response! I'll experiment when I'm done with this batch. I'm drinking some right now. It's really lovely.


Wow! I made this in my electric pressure cooker (can’t get an instant pot in Australia). It was just what I needed to kick my cold. I used coconut syrup instead of honey and it turned out great.
Thank you x


I was thinking of subbing in some cayenne powder or red pepper flakes instead of using chiles (I have everything but the chiles!), could you recommend an amount?


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