How to Make The Best Sweet Ice Tea With Instant Pot

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Instant Pot Iced Tea – well in all honesty, I am more of a sweet tea gal, Texas y’all  

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? 

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.

Instant Pot Sweet Ice Tea Recipes

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 Iced 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 tea recipe and adjust to your liking.

Here are the ingredients you will need to make the best sweet ice tea recipe:

  • 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)
  • 1-2 Cups of Sugar (No judgement here.)
  • Pinch of Baking Soda
  • Ice
  • 1 Gallon Pitcher
  • Instant Pot or another electric pressure cooker (but we love our IP!)

glass of sweet ice tea and tea bags in instant pot making tea


How to Make Iced Tea in the Instant Pot

Okay, we have our ingredients, let’s look at how to make iced tea.  First we are going to make the Instant Pot iced tea concentrate. 

First, place all of the iced tea ingredients inside the inner pot of the Instant Pot. Read our tea bag tip below!

Next, lock the pressure cooker lid and make sure your valve is sealed.

Press the manual button to 4 minutes of high pressure.

You can quick release – or let the tea sit (I don’t suggest letting the tea sit for TOO long!)

Stir the tea well and remove the tea bags. Now have your iced tea concentrate!

Place 2 quarts of cold water with ice in the 1-gallon pitcher.

Carefully pour the brewed tea into pitcher.

Fill a cup with ice, then pour the tea over ice.

Now enjoy a glass of the best sweet iced tea made from your Instant Pot! No steeping or bitterness with this recipe!

Instant Pot Tea

Instant Pot Tea

Yield: Learn how to make tea in the Instant Pot. Sweet or unsweet - hot or iced.
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 4 minutes
Total Time: 6 minutes

We are sharing an Instant Pot recipe that we are loving. 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.


Tie tea bags together.

Place tea bags, water and sugar into the Instant Pot.

Lock pressure cooker - make sure valve is set to sealed.

Press manual button on Instant Pot. Set to 4 minutes - high pressure.

Either quick release after the 4 minutes or let natural release.

Stir tea making sure that sugar is dissolved and add in a pinch of baking soda.

Place ice in gallon pitcher and 1.75 quarts of cold water.

Pour Instant Pot Sweet Tea into gallon pitcher.

Enjoy your Instant Pot Tea!


  • 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.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 16 oz
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 193 Sugar: 80g

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

add baking soda to your sweet tea or instant iced tea to lessen the bitter

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.

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!

Summer Garnishments Sweet Tea

Instant Pot Mint Tea

Fresh peppermint OR vitality Young Living Peppermint essential oil gives a fresh flavor that also cleans the palette!

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!

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!

Honey Tea

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!

Lemon Tea

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! 

Sun 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 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 sweet 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!

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7 thoughts on “How to Make The Best Sweet Ice Tea With Instant Pot”

  1. My mom makes this and loves it, she even made
    It here with my IP and I have made it once too with no problems but I have made it twice already tonight and both times the tea bags ruptured and it tasted burnt. What could I possibly be doing wrong?!

    • From what I have read, 4 regular tea bags equals 1 family tea bag. Hope that helps and happy Instant Potting!

    • From Tetley tea: For a gallon of real Southern sweet tea, you’ll need six to eight single cup tea bags or two to three family size tea bags. You can even use loose tea, provided you know what you’re doing and can keep any loose leaves from escaping into your finished tea.

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