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Instant Pot Strawberry Iced Tea

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Whip up a batch of Instant Pot Strawberry Iced Tea for a refreshing and effortless treat. With its delightful infusion of sweet tea and the vibrant addition of ripe strawberries, this beverage is an instant hit. Keep a pitcher chilled in the fridge for a thirst-quenching delight that’s perfect for any occasion.

Allow us to lead you through creating this exquisite tea utilizing your Instant Pot, accompanied by stove-top directions for your convenience. Furthermore, discover various methods for crafting sweet tea, including Ninja Foodi, stovetop, and sun tea variations. The instructions for making Instant Pot Strawberry Iced Tea are provided at the outset of this post and also conveniently located in the recipe box at the bottom of the page.

Overhead of Strawberry Iced Tea made with fresh strawberries in the Instant Pot

The Instant Pot reigns supreme for crafting flawless iced tea due to its efficient and versatile nature. Its ability to rapidly heat water and infuse flavors makes it an ideal choice for brewing tea in a fraction of the time compared to traditional methods.

With precise temperature control and customizable settings, you can achieve optimal brewing conditions for a perfectly balanced and refreshing beverage every time. Additionally, the Instant Pot’s large capacity allows for batch brewing, making it perfect for preparing ample servings of iced tea to satisfy a crowd. Say goodbye to lengthy stovetop monitoring and hello to effortless and delicious iced tea with the Instant Pot.

How to Make Instant Pot Strawberry Iced Tea

  1. Add 3 cups water, baking soda and 6 tea bags to the Instant Pot insert, place the cover and lock into position. Set the vent to Sealing, then select Manual + High Pressure and set the timer to 5 minutes.
  2. While the Tea brews in the Instant Pot, wash and hull the strawberries, then quarter and toss into the food processor with 1 tablespoon of sugar. Zest the lemon and lime, then squeeze the juice from both into the processor.
  3. Blitz for a minute and set aside.
  4. Allow the IP to do a Natural Release for 5 minutes, then do Quick Release to depressurize fully. Remove the tea bags and then add honey or sweetener if using.
  5. Once you’ve added the sweetener (if using) add the remaining 7 cups water and allow the tea to chill completely before adding the strawberry purée.
  6. Stir in the strawberry purée. Fill glasses with ice and pour to the top, garnish with strawberries, lemon wheels, sliced oranges or fruit and herbs of your choice.
Instant Pot Strawberry Iced Tea served over ice

Crafting the Perfect Strawberry Long Island Iced Tea

Instant Pot Strawberry Iced Tea or Iced Tea cocktails are the perfect addition for a backyard BBQ, housewarming party, brunch, cocktail party, or any get-together. 

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 ounce vodka
  • 1/2 ounce tequila
  • 1/2 ounce gin
  • 1/2 ounce white rum
  • 1/2 ounce triple sec
  • 4 ounces Instant Pot Strawberry Iced Tea
  • Sour mix
  • 2 lemon slices
  • 1 sliced strawberry

Directions:

  1. Fill a highball glass with ice.
  2. Add each liquor and the triple sec to the glass, followed by the Instant Pot Strawberry Iced Tea.
  3. Pour the sour mix over the top.
  4. Transfer the contents to a shaker and shake vigorously to blend. If a cocktail shaker is unavailable, stir the drink well.
  5. Garnish with lemon and strawberry slices on top.
  6. Enjoy your refreshing cocktail!

Chill Out with Ninja Foodi: A Step-by-Step Guide to Crafting Perfect Iced Tea!

Crafting refreshing Iced Tea in your Ninja Foodi is a breeze!

  1. Gather Ingredients: Collect tea bags (4 to 6, depending on desired strength), water (4 cups), sweetener (optional), and any additional flavorings like lemon slices or mint leaves.

  2. Select Function: Choose the “Pressure Cook” function on your Ninja Foodi.

  3. Add Ingredients: Pour water into the inner pot of the Ninja Foodi. Add the tea bags and any desired sweetener or flavorings.

  4. Set Pressure Cook Time: Close the Ninja Foodi lid and set the pressure cooking time to 3 minutes.

  5. Start Cooking: Press the “Start” button to begin the pressure cooking process. The Ninja Foodi will build pressure and then cook the tea mixture.

  6. Release Pressure: Once the cooking cycle is complete, perform a quick pressure release by carefully turning the pressure release valve to the “Vent” position. Be cautious of the hot steam.

  7. Remove Tea Bags: Open the lid once the pressure has been fully released. Use tongs to remove the tea bags from the liquid.

  8. Cool Down: Allow the brewed tea to cool down to room temperature.

  9. Transfer to Container: Once cooled, transfer the brewed tea to a pitcher or container suitable for refrigeration.

  10. Refrigerate: Place the container of brewed tea in the refrigerator and chill for at least 1 hour or until cold.

  11. Serve: Pour the chilled tea over ice cubes in glasses and garnish with lemon slices or mint leaves if desired.

  12. Enjoy: Sip and enjoy your refreshing homemade iced tea made in the Ninja Foodi!

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Top Tips for Refreshing Results!

  • Choose High-Quality Tea: Opt for good quality tea bags or loose-leaf tea for better flavor.
  • Adjust Tea Strength: Experiment with the number of tea bags or tea leaves to achieve your preferred strength. We usually use 5-6 tea bags of the family-sized variety.
  • Control Sweetness: Adjust the amount of sweetener added to suit your taste preferences.
  • Add Flavorings: Enhance your iced tea with additional flavorings like lemon slices, mint leaves, or fruit slices.
  • Use Filtered Water: Use filtered or purified water for the best taste.
  • Avoid Overbrewing: Be mindful of overbrewing the tea, as it can lead to a bitter taste. Follow recommended brewing times.
  • Allow for Natural Release: After pressure cooking, allow for a natural pressure release for a few minutes before performing a quick release to prevent spillovers.
  • Cool Completely: Ensure the brewed tea cools down completely before refrigerating to avoid dilution when served over ice.
  • Refrigerate for Chilling: Chill the brewed tea in the refrigerator for at least an hour before serving to ensure it’s cold and refreshing.
  • Serve Over Ice: Serve the iced tea over ice cubes in glasses for a refreshing drink.
  • Garnish Creatively: Garnish your glasses with lemon slices, mint leaves, or other creative additions for a visually appealing presentation.
  • Experiment and Enjoy: Feel free to experiment with different tea varieties, flavor combinations, and garnishes to find your perfect iced tea recipe.
Overhead of a glass of Instant Pot Strawberry Iced Tea.

Tip: Consider passing the strawberry puree through a fine mesh sieve to eliminate the strawberry pulp. We prefer a richer fruity flavor, but feel free to customize it according to your preference!

Southern Sweet Tea in a Flash: Instant Pot Recipe

  1. Prepare Instant Pot: Add 6 cups water, 1/4 tsp of baking soda,  and 6 tea bags to Instant Pot.

  2. Pressure Cook: Set Instant Pot to Pressure Cook mode for 3 minutes.

  3. Natural Release: Allow 10 minutes of natural pressure release.

  4. Sweeten: Stir in 1 cup sugar until dissolved.

  5. Cool and Chill: Let tea cool, then refrigerate for 1 hour.

  6. Serve: Pour over ice, garnish if desired, and enjoy!

Zesty Refreshment: Instant Pot Lemon Iced Tea

  1. Prepare Ingredients: Gather 6 cups water, 1/4 tsp baking soda, 6 tea bags, 1 cup sugar, and 2-3 lemons.

  2. Instant Pot Setup: Add water and tea bags to Instant Pot.

  3. Pressure Cook: Set to Pressure Cook mode for 3 minutes.

  4. Natural Release: Allow 10 minutes for natural pressure release.

  5. Sweeten and Flavor: Stir in sugar and lemon juice.

  6. Chill: Cool to room temperature, then refrigerate for 1 hour.

  7. Serve: Pour over ice, garnish if desired, and enjoy!

Green Goodness: Instant Pot Green Tea

  1. Gather Ingredients: Collect 4 cups of water and 4 green tea bags (or equivalent loose leaf green tea).

  2. Prepare Instant Pot: Pour the water into the Instant Pot’s inner pot.

  3. Add Tea Bags or Loose Tea: Place the green tea bags or loose tea into the water, ensuring they are fully submerged.

  4. Set Pressure Cook Function: Close the Instant Pot lid and set it to the “Pressure Cook” mode.

  5. Adjust Time: Set the pressure cooking time to 1 minute at high pressure.

  6. Start Cooking: Press the “Start” button to begin the pressure cooking process. The Instant Pot will build pressure and cook the green tea.

  7. Quick Release Pressure: Once the cooking cycle is complete, perform a quick pressure release to release the steam.

  8. Remove Tea Bags or Strain: Open the Instant Pot lid and remove the tea bags or strain the tea if using loose leaves.

  9. Cool Down: Allow the brewed green tea to cool down to room temperature.

  10. Refrigerate: Transfer the brewed green tea to a pitcher and refrigerate for at least 1 hour to chill thoroughly.

  11. Serve: Pour the chilled green tea into glasses and enjoy its refreshing flavor!

Is it Possible to Brew Decaffeinated Tea in the Instant Pot?

Absolutely! Feel free to utilize your preferred decaf tea to create equally refreshing beverages. You might need to adjust the number of tea bags if they’re smaller, but you can always brew and add more bags for a richer flavor. Afterward, chill the tea and enhance it with your favorite fruity twist!

Instant Pot Strawberry Iced Tea served over ice and garnished with fresh fruit

Elevate Your Tea Experience: Instant Pot Loose-Leaf Brew

  1. Prepare Ingredients: Gather 4 cups (0.95 l) of water and 2–3 tablespoons of your favorite loose-leaf tea.

  2. Add Water to Instant Pot: Pour the water into the inner pot of the Instant Pot.

  3. Add Loose Leaf Tea: Place the loose-leaf tea directly into the water in the Instant Pot.

  4. Set Pressure Cook Function: Close the Instant Pot lid and set it to the “Pressure Cook” mode.

  5. Adjust Time: Set the pressure-cooking time to 1 minute at high pressure.

  6. Start Cooking: Press the “Start” button to begin the pressure-cooking process. The Instant Pot will build pressure and infuse the tea.

  7. Quick Release Pressure: Once the cooking cycle is complete, perform a quick pressure release to release the steam.

  8. Strain the Tea: Open the Instant Pot lid and strain the brewed tea to remove the loose leaves.

  9. Cool Down: Allow the brewed tea to cool down to your desired temperature.

  10. Serve: Pour the tea into cups or a pitcher and enjoy the rich flavors of your Instant Pot brewed loose-leaf tea.

Cool and Refreshing: Stovetop Iced Tea Recipe

If a pressure cooker isn’t available, crafting Iced Tea on the stovetop is a breeze.

  1. Boil Water: Fill a large pot with 4 cups of water and bring it to a boil over medium-high heat on the stove.

  2. Add Tea Bags: Once the water is boiling, remove the pot from the heat and add 4-6 tea bags of your choice (depending on desired strength).

  3. Steep: Cover the pot with a lid and let the tea steep for 5-7 minutes, depending on your preference for strength.

  4. Remove Tea Bags: After steeping, use a pair of tongs to remove the tea bags from the pot.

  5. Sweeten (Optional): Stir in sugar or sweetener to taste while the tea is still hot, if desired.

  6. Cool Down: Allow the brewed tea to cool down to room temperature. You can place the pot in the refrigerator to speed up the cooling process if needed.

  7. Serve Over Ice: Fill glasses with ice cubes and pour the cooled tea over the ice.

  8. Garnish (Optional): Garnish with lemon slices, mint leaves, or fresh berries for an extra touch of flavor and presentation.

  9. Enjoy: Stir and sip your homemade stovetop iced tea on a hot day!

Sunshine in a Glass: How to Make Sun Tea

  1. Choose a Container: Select a clean glass container with a lid, such as a large Mason jar or pitcher.

  2. Add Tea Bags: Place 4-6 tea bags (depending on desired strength) into the container.

  3. Fill with Water: Fill the container with filtered or tap water, leaving about an inch of space at the top.

  4. Secure Lid: Close the lid tightly to prevent any debris or insects from getting into the tea.

  5. Place in Sunlight: Position the container in a sunny spot outdoors, such as a windowsill or patio table.

  6. Steep: Allow the tea bags to steep in the sunlight for 2 to 4 hours, depending on the intensity of the sunlight and your desired strength.

  7. Remove Tea Bags: After steeping, remove the tea bags from the container using tongs or a spoon.

  8. Chill (Optional): Transfer the container to the refrigerator to chill the tea further, or serve immediately over ice.

  9. Serve: Pour the sun tea into glasses over ice cubes and enjoy the refreshing taste of homemade sun tea.

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Instant Pot Strawberry Iced Tea served over ice

How to Make Instant Pot Strawberry Iced Tea

Glasses of Strawberry Iced Tea with condensation on the outside of the glasses.

Instant Pot Strawberry Iced Tea

Instant Pot Strawberry Iced Tea, refreshing and so easy to make. We always have a pitcher of sweet tea in the fridge the addition of red ripe strawberries makes it even better!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 10 servings

Equipment

  • Instant Pot, Pressure Cooker, Foodie Ninja
  • Saucepan
  • Pitcher

Ingredients

  • 10 cups (2.3 Liters) water, divided 3 cups + 7 cups
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 6 Iced Tea bags, family-sized
  • cup (170 grams) organic honey, or sweetener of your choice + to taste
  • 16 ounces (454 grams) red ripe strawberries, washed + hulled +quartered
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar, to macerate strawberries
  • 1 lemon, zested + juiced
  • 1 lime, zested + juiced

Instructions

  • Add 3 Cups (0.71 l) water, baking soda and 6 tea bags to the Instant Pot insert, place the cover and lock into position. Set the vent to sealing, then select Manual + High Pressure and set the timer to 5 minutes.
    Tea bags in the Instant for for Strawberry Iced tea
  • While the Tea brews in the Instant Pot, wash and hull the strawberries, then quarter and toss into the food processor with 1 tablespoon of sugar. Zest the lemon and lime, then squeeze the juice from both into the processor.
    Strawberries, lime zets, lemon zest and sugar in food processor for Strawberry Iced tea.
  • Blitz for a minute and set aside.
    Strawberry puree for Instant Pot Strawberry Tea
  • Allow the IP to do a Natural Release for 5 minutes, then do Quick Release to depressurize fully. Remove the tea bags and then add honey or sweetener if using.
    Instant Pot depressurizing for Strawberry Iced Tea
  • Once you've added the sweetener (if using) add the remaining 7 cups water and allow the tea to chill completely before adding the strawberry puree.
    Strawberry Iced Tea Pitcher
  • Stir in the strawberry purée. Fill glasses with ice and pour to the top, garnish with strawberries, lemon wheels, sliced oranges or fruit and herbs of your choice.
    Glasses of Strawberry Iced Tea with condensation on the outside of the glasses.

Notes

  • Prep time is approximate.
  • Baking Soda makes a big difference in a pitcher of freshly brewed sweet tea. It neutralizes the tannins in tea and gives a balanced taste.
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Instant Pot Peach Iced Tea in a cold glass garnished with fresh mint and peaches.
Instant Pot Peach Tea

Indulge in the delightful taste of summer with our Instant Pot Peach Tea. Made with ripe, juicy peaches and carefully selected tea leaves, this refreshing beverage bursts with the essence of sun-ripened fruit and aromatic tea. Enjoy it cold over ice on a warm day or savor its comforting warmth during cooler evenings. With the convenience of the Instant Pot, you can effortlessly brew a batch of this flavorful peach tea anytime.

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    1. These teas look amazing! I especially like the boozy ones! LOL

      1. Thanks so much, Tricia! 😀

    2. Julia Osgood says:

      Wow, I would never have thought of using the IP to make tea. What a great idea! These all look but I think I’ll try the lemon with green tea.

      1. Thanks so much, Julia! IP will make your Lemon with Green Tea amazing 🙂 Thanks so much for stopping by to check it out!

    3. I totally have to try this! I love green tea and this drink looks so refreshing!

      1. Green tea and strawberries are an amazing combination, Erika! Please be sure to share your drink creation with us 🙂

    4. Oh my. When I came to see the instant pot strawberry iced tea I never knew I’d have so many options to choose from. They all sound delicious, but the Long Island Strawberry Iced Tea is calling my name. Since I’m a keto’er I’ll be making using my own sweet and sour mix sans sugar. Can’t wait to give it a try. Yum!

      1. Hi, Shari! So glad that you appreciate all of the options for making these delicious teas. Please be sure to share your Keto drink creation with us I would love to see how it turns out! 🙂

    5. This looks great as we’re still having hot weather here. I’ve never made iced tea in an instant pot before and will have to try it!

      1. Still blazing hot in South Florida too, Patrice! This is a favorite here year-round, hope you enjoy too 🙂

    6. I have to try this. It looks so good!

      1. Great, Shay, it’s super refreshing! 🙂

    7. What a beautiful drink! I had no idea you could make drinks in the instant pot! Looks perfect for hot days 🙂

      1. IP is so versatile, Ai! Thanks so much so glad that you stopped by to check out our recipe 🙂

    8. I don’t have an IP yet but it’s on my wish list. In the meantime, I’m going to make this strawberry iced tea on the stove top. It sounds delicious and I love the idea of using it in a cocktail too!

      1. You can easily make this on the stovetop, Jacqueline! It’s super on its own and amazing in cocktails too! Thank you for visiting 🙂

    9. What a gorgeous & refreshing looking drink! A must have for any BBQ I’m sure.

      1. Thanks so much, Simone! Definitely a perfect BBQ beverage 🙂

    10. This looks great! I love a good homemade drink, especially something with strawberries in it!

      1. Thanks so much, Nart! Strawberries really do make amazing drinks 🙂

    11. Iced teas are perfect and boozy ones….even more perfect! This is great for parties and I’m planning to have one for Halloween. I like the fact that you can make decaffeinated teas as well.

      1. Thanks so much, Jane, so glad that you liked the recipe! This is a perfect easy party drink and you could easily add any of your favorite spirits 🙂

    12. Long Island ice tea is my favourite and this is a great adaptation of the classic. Will love to make this for my house party

      1. Thanks so much for visiting, Anindya 🙂 I’m so glad that you like our recipe, please be sure to share your recipe results when you make some!

    13. I’m finding more and more things you can make in your Instant pot! I’m loving everything about this recipe! Thanks for sharing

      1. Thanks so much, Felicia! The IP is an impressive small appliance 🙂

    14. Teas make sure beautiful drinks, and these are no exception. How clever to use the IP to brew the tea and a strawberry puree for so much flavor. Yum.

      1. Thanks so much, Beth! So glad that you like our recipe and we always appreciate your visits too 🙂

    15. Yum! And so easy! We LOVE tea in our house, so this recipe will be enjoyed over and over again.

      1. Right, Colleen? So easy! You will love the flavor and all of the different combos you can make too 🙂

    16. I never would have thought to make tea in the instant pot. You can seriously do everything with an instant pot! Can’t wait to give this a try!

      1. You really can do so many things with the IP! I LOVE this tea and all of the variations so refreshing 🙂

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