During the summer, we can NOT get enough iced tea. I make pitcher after pitcher of it to drink on our back patio. Sweet, unsweet, flavored, adult– it doesn’t matter. We drink it all. Making it fast enough without sacrificing taste is tough, though. I NEVER would have thought the Instant Pot could pull it off, but y’all. It totally does. Instant Pot iced tea is the greatest thing since sliced bread.
It’s so fast, but still completely delicious. It starts off unsweet (duh) and then you add the sugar once it’s done “brewing,” so you can add it to the sweetness you prefer. Adding in the baking soda sounds odd, but it actually neutralizes the bitterness and makes it the smoothest glass of iced tea you’ve ever had. If you want a little flavor, you can either use flavored tea bags OR (my personal favorite) essential oils. I love adding a few drops of peppermint essential oil during the summer to make it even cooler and more refreshing or a few drops of lemon or wild orange to balance out the sweetness of my sweet tea. Just make sure you’re using the best, safest oils on the market so you get all the extra benefits that go with them!
Instant Pot iced tea is the best of both worlds. You get iced tea quickly, but you also get the smooth, mellow, Southern flavor that comes from a traditional sun tea. Add sugar or don’t (although I’m a little confused as to why you wouldn’t…). Either way, this iced tea is about as good as it gets!
Instant Pot Iced Tea
2 quarts water
10 tea bags
2 t baking soda
1 c sugar, optional
- Place the water, baking soda, and tea bags into the inner pot of your Instant Pot. Lock the lid and make sure your valve is set to sealing. (Believe me when I say I’ve made that mistake more than once!)
- Push the manual button and set to high pressure for 4 minutes.
- Allow it to naturally release until the pin drops.
- Open the lid. If you want sweet tea, immediately stir in the cup of sugar until dissolved.
- Pour into a large pitcher of ice and allow to chill. If you want to flavor it using essential oils, add the oils onto the ice before pouring the warm tea over it.
- Serve with fresh mint, lemons, oranges, or any other garnish you prefer.