I’m from the south and love my Instant Pot and sweet tea. Today we are combining my 2 loves and teaching you how to make Instant Pot Sweet Ice Tea!
Sweet iced tea is a fave, I am from the south and all. Here in Texas, sweet tea is a staple – often offered in restaurants right after being seated – “Can I get you a glass of sweet tea?” The answer is ALWAYS YES. (And yes, I drink my calories, don’t judge!)
Regardless of how you like your tea, did you know you can make iced tea in the Instant Pot? Hell, you can even make hot tea in the Instant Pot. We are going to show you how. And the Instant Pot? That’s my new favorite kitchen technology gadget. It’s quick to make meals with, has a zillion uses – read 5 Reasons You Will Love Instant Pot.
So why wouldn’t I make sweet iced tea in the instant pot? Crazy? Well, I thought it was a wild idea, but I’m all up for wild ideas. Plus, I have come across some wild instant pot recipes!
I’ve seen Instant Pot recipes for cheesecake, pasta, mashed potatoes – all kinds of things – but the sweet iced tea – since it’s a staple in our home, has quickly become our favorite.
Let’s look at how you can make sweet iced tea with your Instant Pot electric pressure cooker.
Instant Pot Sweet Ice Tea Recipe
The beautiful thing, if you don’t like your iced tea SO sweet, or if you just like plain tea – you can use this Instant Pot sweet ice tea recipe and adjust the sugar to your liking. Yes, you can make Instant Pot hot tea if you want. We’ll explain that process as well!
How to Make Tea in the Instant Pot
Alright, let’s jump to the how to and make us some Instant Pot Sweet Ice Tea!
We are sharing an Instant Pot recipe that we are loving. Let's use our Instant Pot for a beverage. And not just any beverage - we are making the beverage of the south - sweet iced tea! Rather than using the stove top, pull out we are showing you how to make Instant Pot tea. You can make Instant Pot Sweet Tea in minutes. (We are from the south - sweet tea is a staple. Don't like sweet tea? Just void the sugar for regular tea.
Here is how to make Instant Pot Iced Tea. Adjust the sugar to your liking, we don't judge!
- 2 Quarts Water for your Instant Pot Iced Tea
- 2 Quarts COLD Water
- 3-4 Family Size Tea Bags (Lipton tea is our personal favorite tea brand)
- 1-3 Cups of Sugar (No judgement here.)
- Pinch of Baking Soda
- 1 Gallon Pitcher
- Instant Pot or another electric pressure cooker (but we love our IP!)
Dump 2 quarts of water into your Instant Pot
Tie your 3-4 tea bags together and throw into the IP
Pour in the amount of sugar you wish to use
Drop in a pinch of baking soda
Set your Instant Pot to manual for 4 minutes (it will take more than 4 minutes but that is how much time it will pressure cook)
While you are waiting for your Instant Pot Iced Tea to finish, fill a gallon pitcher with approximately 2 quarts of water. I personally like to throw in the ice into the pitcher as well but know that the tea will be HOT and melt it, so maybe wait.
If you are in a hurry, you can quick release your Instant Pot after the 4 minutes for your Instant Pot tea is up. If you have time, let it brew longer and wait for your Instant Pot to natural release.
Once your Instant Pot tea is ready, pour it into the pitcher of cold water. Since your tea bags are tied, they should be super easy to fish out!
Pour you a glass of sweet Instant Pot iced tea and enjoy!
- Try adding some of our suggested additions to your Instant Pot tea for something new!
- Baking soda in tea helps it not taste bitter!
- The sweet tea calories are if you use 2 cups of sugar in your Instant Pot tea recipe - and 16 oz of liquid.
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Serving Size:16 oz
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 291Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 30mgCarbohydrates: 75gFiber: 0gSugar: 75gProtein: 0g
Nutrition information isn't always accurate. Calculation depends on multiple variables.
Hot Tea in the Instant Pot
Remember that when pouring the tea into the pitcher from the Instant Pot – it’s going to be HOT! That said, want to make Instant Pot HOT Tea? Follow the same recipe, but quick release and don’t add ice to your tea.
Why Use an Instant Pot for Tea?
I’ve been asked “WHY NOT JUST USE A PAN TO MAKE TEA?” Well, a few things.
For one, I love seeing all the random things you can make in the Instant Pot – including iced tea! Also, I have personally been in a situation where we had to stay in a hotel while our house was under renovation and the only real appliance we had was an Instant Pot!
If you want to keep things simple or if you don’t have access to pots and pans, the Instant Pot makes a great handy alternative and allows you to get creative in your cooking and recipes. Plus we love how this Instant Pot sweet ice tea turned out.
Tip for Tea Bags
Here’s a tea bag tip! Cut the tags off of the tea bags, but leave the strings.
Tie all of the tea bag strings together for easy removal!
Instant Pot Iced Tea Baking Soda Trick
Here’s a little trick when making your Instant Pot iced tea concentrate sweet.
Baking soda in sweet tea – just a pinch, knocks out any tea bitterness taste!
No More Bitter Tea
If you’ve ever had bitter tea you know how disgusting it is! The acidity with the baking soda helps make your iced tea perfect every time.
Instant Pot Sugar-Free Iced Tea Recipe
If you are looking to make Instant Pot sugar-free iced tea – just use the above recipe, but do not add sugar into the tea brew. Add in your artificial sweetener before you pour into the pitcher. Another option is to leave the tea unsweetened and just sweeten as you drink each glass.
Alcoholic Tea Recipes
Let’s look at how to make alcoholic tea! Looking for the best alcohol to mix with sweet tea?
Digital Mom Says – Remember, these alcoholic drink recipes are intended only for those of legal drinking age.
Here are a few of my favorite ways to make alcoholic sweet tea.
There are drinks and there are DRANKS. These are definitely fall under the dranks category.
Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey Whiskey Sweet Tea
One of my FAVORITE liquor to mix in with sweet tea is Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey. Yes, it’s a whiskey, so watch how much you pour – but this stuff is delicious!
Absolut Flavored Vodkas
Another favorite liquor to mix with sweet tea is just about any of the Absolut flavored vodkas! Vanilla, Mandarin, Peach, Pear, Lime – you name it! Their line of Vodka is delicious and a great sweet tea mixer.
Captain Morgan Spiced Rum
Captain Morgan does no wrong with his Spiced Rum, especially when added to sweet tea!
- Someone asked if you can make tea with weed in it. I am not tea weed specialist, but I don’t see why not.
Perfect Summer Tea Recipes
Occasionally I like to liven my sweet iced tea up with garnishes. Here are a few of my favorite ways to liven up a glass of sweet iced tea. Try out one of these iced tea drinks!
Instant Pot Mint Tea
Fresh peppermint OR vitality Young Living Peppermint essential oil gives a fresh flavor that also cleans the palette!
Strawberry Iced Tea
Mix 1 cup of granulated sugar (or equivalent value of sugar substitute), 2 cups of clean fresh whole strawberries, 1/4 cup of fresh lemon juice and 2 cups of ice cubes into the blender.
Mix and pour into the gallon of sweet tea (make sure to account for the extra volume – use 1 quart of cold iced water, rather than 2!) Don’t forget to add a strawberry to the straw for extra cuteness!
Sweet Peach Tea
Take 2 fresh peeled and pitted peaches and place the peaches with 1 cup of water and a few tablespoons of sugar(or equivalent value of sugar substitute) into a blender.
Blend the peaches until they are very smooth. Pour the peach mixture into either a glass of tea, or if you are making a entire pitcher – pour into the pitcher! Add in a few mint leaves, and of course – serve in mason cups!
A few drops of honey will kick the sweetness up a notch even more!
Raspberry Lime Iced Tea
This is the ultimate summer iced tea drink! Raspberry lime iced tea is super simple and absolutely delicious. Cut a lime into thin slices. Grab and wash around 10 raspberries.
Fill up a glass with your fruit combination of raspberries and limes first, then ice and top off with your sweet iced tea mixture. Don’t forget to add a straw!
Instant Pot Iced Tea Lemon Infused is SO GOOD. Just slice a lemon, squirt into your iced tea glass – and make sure to garnish the tea glass with a lemon slice.
Instant Pot Green Tea
You can use the above Instant Pot iced tea recipe to make Instant Pot green tea!
If you think you are making sun tea in the Instant Pot, you’ve been drinking too much of the alcoholic tea we listed above. Lay off the booze – sun tea is made in the sun.
Best Instant Pot Sweet Ice Tea!
There you have it! Everything from how to make the best instant pot sweet tea to making sugar-free instant pot tea, to why I use baking soda in tea, alcoholic tea recipes and a few great tea garnishes that will make your iced tea LEGIT for summer!
Now your turn, tell us what your favorite thing to add to your Instant Pot sweet ice tea is! Have you made instant pot sweet ice tea?
Leave a comment, we can’t wait to hear what you think of Instant Pot iced tea!