This Instant Pot Iced Tea recipe is a quick & easy way to make deliciously refreshing iced tea using your pressure cooker. This summer staple is so simple.
We are big tea drinkers in this house. Do you love tea? It is not uncommon for us to brew a pitcher of iced tea nearly every single day. The whole family loves it. But doing it on the stove can be time consuming. So when I learned how to make Instant Pot Iced Tea it was a game changer. Check it out.
So for about the first 10+ years of our marriage, the hubs & I would have a pitcher of sun tea going on the back patio almost daily. We love having fresh iced tea & it would go fast. But then, as with many things, we learned of the dangers of sun tea. We were so bummed out that our favorite easy drink was now considered harmful due to the bacteria that can grow while it sits in the sun all day long.
Pressure Cooker Iced Tea
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We tried making it on the stove. But it was so inconvenient that we wound up making it a whole lot less. Which means we were consuming a lot less liquid in the summer heat. Not good. But the Instant Pot has been a game changer. Just bring water to a simmer, add tea bags & baking soda (& any desired fruit), close the lid & cook for 5 minutes. Then you can strain, sweeten & chill. So simple.
Here are some commonly asked questions…
Why do I need to add baking soda?
The baking soda cuts the bitterness of the tea. This is optional, but I highly recommend it.
The tea is strong, what do I do now?
You can also add more cold water to dilute the tea a bit. I like to start strong & go from there. It’s a lot easier to reduce the strength of the tea. You can’t really make it stronger once it’s brewed.
What about the fruit?
You can add fruit like apples or any other fruit to the tea during the cooking process. Just strain out afterward. I prefer my tea plain, so I often leave this out unless I’m making it for a party.
How do I sweeten the tea?
Start with your favorite sweetener 1 tbsp at a time. Don’t go overboard with this as the tea will taste more bitter & be stronger while warm. You can always add more after it has chilled.
Instant Pot Iced Tea
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Doesn’t this just look so refreshing? It is delicious!
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HOW TO MAKE ICED TEA IN THE INSTANT POT
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Instant Pot Iced Tea
- 10 tea bags black tea
- 16 cups water
- pinch baking soda optional
- granulated sugar optional - Stevia, agave, maple syrup, honey, or any other sweetener to taste
Add water, tea bags & baking soda to pot.
Add any desired fruit, close the lid & cook for 4 minutes on manual pressure.
Use quick release in small bursts. (strain into a large pitcher if you added fruit)
Sweeten & chill for several hours.
Serve over ice