A refreshing Blackberry Iced Tea you can make in just a few minutes in your Instant Pot. Add some honey, some fresh blackberries, and a sprig of basil for a beautiful glass of Iced Tea.
This recipe makes up to 6 large glasses on Iced Tea so you can serve to guests, or at an afternoon tea party.
How to Reduce Bitterness from Brewed Tea
A great way to use your Instant Pot to make Iced Tea without having to watch your pot boil. Add a pinch of baking soda prior to brewing to reduce any bitter taste of the tea.
It is also best to remove the teabags as soon as possible after brewing. Tea contains compounds called Tannins which are released slowly. When the tea is brewing too long or too hot from boiling longer than required the tannins are released and the flavor is bitter.
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Ingredients For Blackberry Iced Tea
Types of Tea to Use
You can purchase a good brand of Tea in tea bags or you can use loose leaf tea and place inside a cloth tea bag.
Instant Pot Blackberry Iced Tea
- 8 Cups Water
- 6 Black Tea Bags Remove the Tags
- 1 1/2 Cups Fresh Black Berries Frozen Is Fine also
- 2 TB Basil Fresh Leaves Chopped
- 1/2 Cup Local Honey
- 1/2 Cup Water
- 2 TB Lemon Juice Fresh
- Fresh Blackberries For Garnish optional
- Basil Sprigs Optional for Glass
- Add 8 Cups of Water, Tea bags and 1/2 cup of blackberries to the 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.
Simple Syrup Instructions
- While the tea is brewing, add remaining blackberries, basil, honey and water to a saucepan and 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 melted and mixture starts to thicken remove from heat and set aside.
- When the cook time on the Instant Pot is complete, allow pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes, then do a quick release for 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!