As I have been saying, it is HOT in Vancouver and I want iced tea! NOW! I normally do a slow-steeping method overnight in the fridge and make simple syrup which has to cool off… SCREW THAT!
I did some research and discovered OMG, you can make iced tea in the Instant Pot. In just minutes! I wanted to see if you could also infuse it with lemon and the results were mind-blowing. Seriously, it is getting ridiculous how much I love my pressure cooker.
You will need 1 cup of sugar (I will only be using 3/4 cup next time, too sweet for me), 8 cups of water, 5 tea bags (I used decaf) and 1 sliced lemon. My sister Jamie tried this with regular tea and it had a ton of tannin so add a pinch of baking soda to help with the sharpness.
Add everything to the pressure cooker.
Including the slices of lemon!
Secure the lid and put on manual for four minutes, normal pressure. (Midge had her teabags explode so try and put it on low pressure if you can.)
Release pressure and immediately open the lid.
Remove lemon and tea bags.
Strain into a large pitcher and let cool. Then chill. Serve over lots of lemon slices and ice cubes.
This made a little more than what my pitcher holds so next time 7 cups of water, 4 tea bags and 3/4 cup of sugar.
This is the BEST iced tea I have ever had! Seriously, I am starting to sound like an Instant Pot fanatic but for me, to have decaf iced tea taste this good?! And the lemon flavour was in every sip and so deeply delicious.
It did create a cloudy beverage but who cares? Not me. Reg loved it too and thinks it is the best iced tea I have ever made. Seriously robust flavour, super lemony and contains zero caffeine.
Feel free to try this with green tea too if that is more your summer drinking style. I just can not believe how fast and easy it was to make this.
I will be making this all summer long. DAMN!