Easy Instant Pot Iced Tea and Tea Concentrate
You’ll love this smooth and Easy Instant Pot Iced Tea for a quick and healthy refreshing drink. You can also make tea concentrate to get that same great flavor while saving space in your fridge. Recipe options include making unsweetened iced tea or tea sweetened with sugar, honey, or alternative sweeteners.
A frosty glass of iced tea is delicious any time of the year, but especially in hot weather. Sure, you can make iced tea on the stovetop, in a jar as sun tea, or even using an iced tea maker.
But if you haven’t tried iced tea made in an Instant Pot, you’re in for an amazing treat. Yes, an Instant Pot. The same thing you used last night to make rice or beef stew.
It’s so smooth, rich, and strong while still being mellow. Your tastebuds are about to be rocked in the best possible way.
I know it seems strange to use a pressure cooker for tea, but it really works and it’s hands-off. Unlike a stand-alone gadget like an iced tea maker, if you already own an Instant Pot, it’s nice to be able to use it for multiple purposes.
If you are new to owning an Instant Pot, check out these 21 Easy Instant Pot Recipes for Beginners. Not only will you get more inspiration for other delicious recipes, but I have a handy guide for getting started with your Instant Pot as well as a glossary of common Instant Pot terms.
Instant Pot Iced Tea Ingredients
- 2 to 3 family-sized tea bags (see notes below)
- baking soda (optional)
- (optional) sweetener of choice (see notes below)
The baking soda neutralizes the acidity in the tea and gives you a more mellow taste. It’s entirely optional, but helps your tea taste much smoother.
How Many Small Tea Bags Are In a Family-Sized Tea Bag?
Each individual tea bag makes 1 cup (8 oz) of tea. A family-sized tea bag is equivalent to four tea bags and will make 1 quart (4 cups or 32 oz) of tea.
I used two family-sized tea bags for this recipe and 8 cups of water.
How to Make Tea Concentrate
Making iced tea concentrate is a great way to save space in your fridge. To create a tea concentrate, reduce the water in this recipe to only 4 cups, but use the same number of tea bags.
When you’re ready to enjoy your iced tea, fill your glass 50-60% full of the tea concentrate, and add water or ice to top off the glass.
Do You Use Quick Release or Natural Pressure Release for Instant Pot Iced Tea?
You can use either. Yay for choices!
The quick-release option will cause the water to get hotter after the cooking process. It took a full 5 minutes for my Instant Pot to depressurize.
During that time, my iced tea was exposed to high temperatures. In many cases that can result in a bitter tea. Adding 1/8 tsp of baking soda before you make the iced tea will mellow out your tea.
Using the quick-release option is great if you’re short on time and need to make the tea faster.
If you don’t want to use baking soda and have a bit more time, use the natural pressure release option for 15 minutes and then perform a quick release to remove any additional pressure.
How to Make Instant Pot Iced Tea
*A detailed and printable recipe card is available at the bottom of this post.
Add 8 cups of water to the insert of your Instant Pot. Pro tip: I’ve never found the “cup” lines inside the Instant Pot insert to be accurate. I prefer to measure my water using a glass measuring cup meant for liquids.
Drop in the tea bags with any tags removed. If you’d like to add any non-liquid sweetener, add it now.
Lock the lid into place, flip the steam release handle to “sealing”. Press manual, high pressure, and use the up/down buttons to set the time to 4 minutes.
Your Instant Pot will show “on” and then once it comes up to pressure you’ll see “4” on the display. It took my 8-quart Instant Pot 12 minutes to come up to pressure.
When it has finished cooking, it will switch to a countdown mode. If you’re going to do a natural release for 15 minutes, you can keep track of the waiting time using this countdown clock.
If you’re going to do a manual pressure release, flip the steam release handle to “venting” (Pro tip: it’s hot! I always use a kitchen towel to do the flipping) and wait for it to depressurize. It took my Instant Pot 5 minutes to depressurize.
Stir in your baking soda (if using), and store the finished ice tea in a glass pitcher or canning jars for easy storage. Store in the fridge and enjoy within one week.
Pro Tips/Recipe Notes
- If you’re using individual tea bags, you’d use 7-8 depending on how strong you like your tea.
- Reader feedback has consistently shown that Red Rose tea bags have a greater chance of bursting in the Instant Pot.
- This recipe was made in an 8 quart Instant Pot. You can use a 3-quart or 6-quart as long as you don’t go above the max fill line.
- You can use any flavor of tea you prefer.
- If you’d like to double the recipe, the “cook” time remains the same.
- You can use the Instant Pot to make hot tea for a crowd. Leave the pot on “keep warm” and cover with the glass Instant Pot lid.
- Consider getting color-coded sealing rings for your pressure cooker to keep the odors of last night’s Instant Pot French Onion Soup from flavoring your iced tea.
How to Sweeten Instant Pot Iced Tea
All powdered sweeteners should be added with the tea bags prior to cooking.
If you want to use honey, you can add it after the iced tea has finished cooking. Alternatively, you could use Honey Simple Syrup and allow anyone to sweeten their own glass.
Add sugar with the tea bags prior to processing the iced tea in the Instant Pot. Everyone has their own preference for how sweet their tea is with some recipes calling for 1/4 cup of sugar, and others recommending an astounding 2 cups! You do you.
Use the one-to-one Splenda to replace regular sugar in your iced tea. Check out this chart from Splenda on their other product conversions.
Stevia comes in powdered or liquid form. This conversion chart will help you determine the right product and amount for you.
Perfect for a Keto or sugar-free diet, many Monkfruit products have a one-to-one replacement ratio.
Instant Pot Iced Tea Variations
- I love using flavored sparkling water to create a sparkling iced tea without added sweeteners. I use lemon sparkling water for an Arnold Palmer, or peach or lime flavors.
- Use frozen fruit instead of ice cubes for fruity-flavored iced tea. If you won’t finish the ice tea within 24 hours, add the fruit to individual servings. Fruit left in the iced tea over one day will produce a cloudy tea. Related: freezing strawberries, freezing peaches, freezing blackberries, and freezing cherries.
- Want something extra fancy? Drizzle in a bit of homemade strawberry syrup or blackberry syrup into a batch of iced green tea.
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WEIGHT WATCHERS POINTS
One serving of Instant Pot Iced Tea has 0 WW Freestyle SmartPoints with no added sweeteners.
Easy Instant Pot Iced Tea and Tea Concentrate
- 2 family-sized tea bags (or 7 individual tea bags)
- 8 cups water
- 1/8 tsp baking soda (optional)
- sweetener of choice (optional)
- Add 8 cups of water to the insert of the Instant Pot.
- Drop in the tea bags with any tags removed. If you'd like to add any non-liquid sweetener, add it now.
- Lock the lid into place, flip the steam release handle to "sealing". Press manual>high pressure>and use the up/down buttons to set the time to 4 minutes.
- The Instant Pot will show "on" and then once it comes up to pressure you'll see "4" on the display.
- When it has finished cooking, it will switch to a countdown mode. If you're going to do a natural release for 15 minutes, you can keep track of the waiting time using this countdown clock. If you're going to do a manual pressure release, flip the steam release handle to "venting" and wait for it to depressurize.
- Stir in baking soda. Store the finished ice tea in a glass pitcher or canning jars for easy storage. Store in the fridge and enjoy within one week.
How to Make Tea Concentrate
- Reduce the water in this recipe to only 4 cups, but use the same number of tea bags.
- When you're ready to enjoy your iced tea, fill your glass 50-60% full and add water or ice to top off the glass.
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