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Blackberry Iced Tea Instant Pot® Recipe

Blackberry Iced Tea is a tasty, mouth-watering drink that is easy to make in your Instant Pot®! Using your favorite tea blend, this recipe is perfect for summer parties!

Blackberry Iced Tea is a tasty, mouth-watering drink that is easy to make in your Instant Pot®! Using your favorite tea blend, this recipe is perfect for summer parties!

There is something about iced tea and blackberries that both scream SUMMER! One of the lucky surprises we discovered after purchasing our forever home was the wild blackberries growing up on the hill. They are in sporadic locations, but hopefully, we will be able to gather enough for a cobbler and a batch of this iced tea.

When I purchased my first Instant Pot®, I never imagined that I could make beverages with it. But this thing can do just about anything. It has become my favorite small appliance in the kitchen and definitely worth the counter space being taken up. In fact, I love it so much that I bought one specifically to use for meats and side dishes and a second one for beverages and desserts.

For traditional sweet tea, I use a black tea blend. The black teas can cause a little bitterness for this recipe. To prevent a bitter batch, add a pinch of baking soda prior to brewing and remove the tea bags as soon as all of the pressure has released. If you prefer, green tea works great for this recipe as well. Feel free to play around with your favorite blends!

Here in Lynchburg, Tennessee, we enjoy a lot of front porch sittin’. Not much goes better than that with a glass of iced tea. We are blessed to live where you rarely hear traffic and don’t have to yell when having a conversation outdoors. For your next get-together with friends, make up a batch of this tea and get ready for a good time with your favorite people!

Blackberry Iced Tea is a tasty, mouth-watering drink that is easy to make in your Instant Pot®! Using your favorite tea blend, this recipe is perfect for summer parties!

Ingredients and Tools You’ll Need:

Water
Organic black tea bags, paper tags removed (or whatever blend of tea you like!)
Fresh blackberries
Fresh basil
Honey, preferably local

Fresh lemon juice
Extra fresh basil & blackberries – to garnish
Instant Pot

Blackberry Iced Tea is a tasty, mouth-watering drink that is easy to make in your Instant Pot®! Using your favorite tea blend, this recipe is perfect for summer parties!

How to Prepare the Blackberry Iced Tea:

Add water, tea bags, and a half cup blackberries to Instant Pot® and stir to combine. Add lid and lock into place. Switch the vent to “Sealing” and set the “Manual” setting to 5 minutes.

While the tea is brewing, add remaining blackberries, basil, honey, and water to saucepan set over medium heat. Cook, gently pressing on the blackberries to release their juices while continually stirring the mixture to combine, for 4-5 minutes. Once honey is completely melted and the mixture starts to thicken, remove from heat and set aside.  

When cook time on Instant Pot® is complete, allow pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes, then do a quick release to release any remaining pressure.

Carefully strain hot tea mixture with a fine mesh strainer. Pour the reserved liquid into a large, heat-resistant pitcher and sweeten with the blackberry honey simple syrup, to taste. Add fresh lemon juice and stir to combine.  

Serve immediately over ice with fresh blackberries and a sprig of fresh basil for garnish. Enjoy!

Blackberry Iced Tea is a tasty, mouth-watering drink that is easy to make in your Instant Pot®! Using your favorite tea blend, this recipe is perfect for summer parties!
Blackberry Iced Tea

Blackberry Iced Tea

Yield: 6 Servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Additional Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 8 cups water
  • 6 organic black tea bags, paper tags removed
  • 1½ cups fresh blackberries, divided
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh basil, chopped
  • ½ cup honey, preferably local
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • Fresh blackberries - optional, for garnish
  • Fresh basil sprigs, optional, for garnish

Instructions

Add water, tea bags, and a half cup blackberries to Instant Pot® and stir to combine. Add lid and lock into place. Switch the vent to “Sealing” and set the “Manual” setting to 5 minutes.

While the tea is brewing, add remaining blackberries, basil, honey, and water to saucepan set over medium heat. Cook, gently pressing on the blackberries to release their juices while continually stirring the mixture to combine, for 4-5 minutes. Once honey is completely melted and the mixture starts to thicken, remove from heat and set aside.

When cook time on Instant Pot® is complete, allow pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes, then do a quick release to release any remaining pressure.

Carefully strain hot tea mixture with a fine mesh strainer. Pour the reserved liquid into a large, heat-resistant pitcher and sweeten with the blackberry honey simple syrup, to taste. Add fresh lemon juice and stir to combine.

Serve immediately over ice with fresh blackberries and a sprig of fresh basil for garnish. Enjoy!

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 105Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 15mgCarbohydrates: 28gFiber: 2gSugar: 25gProtein: 1g

This data was provided and calculated by Nutritionix on 6/6/2021

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Blackberry Iced Tea is a tasty, mouth-watering drink that is easy to make in your Instant Pot®! Using your favorite tea blend, this recipe is perfect for summer parties!

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