Instant Pot – is there anything it can’t do? (The answer is yes, but we don’t talk about that.) From making incredible dishes like tender pulled pork, pot roast, and barbacoa in less than an hour to options like sous vide mode for perfectly cooked steaks and the moistest salmon around, the slow-cooker option is the only one that many of us skip. After all, why do it slow when you can do it incredibly fast?
But here’s one thing you might not have considered using your Instant Pot for – refreshing summer beverages! Check out these recipes for yummy drinks you can make with your all-in-one cooker.
Who knew water could actually taste good? Using the power of the Instant Pot, you can infuse everyone’s favorite life-giving liquid with the flavors of your favorite fruits and more. Try delicious combinations like lemon and blueberry, raspberry and mint, and strawberry and basil. Or come up with your own!
All you need to do is dump your stuff into the top, pour in a few cups of water, and cook on high pressure for five minutes. Then, quick-release the pressure, strain into a smaller container, and pop the water into the fridge.
But, wait! Got a SodaStream? Take your infused water to the next level by adding some carbonation. Ta-da! Homemade all-natural sodas.
Almost everybody loves iced tea. There’s nothing quite as refreshing on a hot summer’s day. And with the Instant Pot, you can make your own extra quickly, without heating up your stovetop.
Simply combine 4 tea bags and 6 cups of water, cook on high pressure for 4 minutes, and then let the pressure release naturally for at least 15 minutes. If you’re a sweet tea fan, add a big helping of sugar before screwing on the lid.
Love ginger ale? Of course you do. Start by peeling and rough chopping about a pound of ginger root. Toss this in your food processor with the juice of 1 large lemon and 1 medium lime, and process until smooth.
Dump this mixture into your Instant Pot with 1 cup of granulated sugar and 2 quarts of water. Mix, then clamp the lid on. Cook on high pressure for 30 minutes, and then let the steam release naturally. Allow to cool before straining and placing in a jar to store in the fridge.
When you’re ready to enjoy it, pour a half-cup over ice and add 6 ounces of sparkling water. Yum!
Want more refreshing summer recipes? Check out the Olympus Katy Ranch blog.