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Instant Pot Blackberry Iced Tea has delicious fruity summer flavor. Pressure cooking makes this refreshing beverage conveniently accessible year round.
Instant Pot Blackberry Iced Tea
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 5 minutes active (+ time to come to pressure)
Natural Release: 10 minutes
Tip: To reduce bitterness, add a pinch of baking soda prior to brewing and remove tea bags as soon as the pressure has been fully released.
- 8 cups water
- 6 black tea bags, paper tags removed
- 1½ cups fresh blackberries, divided
- 2 tbsp fresh basil, chopped
- ½ cup honey, preferably local
- ½ cup water
- 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
- fresh blackberries
- fresh basil sprigs
Plug in the electric pressure cooker.
Add the water, tea bags, and a half cup blackberries to the Instant Pot and stir to combine.
Place the lid onto the pressure cooker and close to seal.
Turn the vent to “Sealing” and set the pressure cooker to cook for 5 minutes on the “Manual” setting.
While the tea is brewing, add the remaining blackberries, basil, honey, and water to a 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 the honey is completely melted and the mixture starts to thicken, remove the pan from the heat and set aside.
When the pressure cooker has completed the coking cycle, allow pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes, then do a quick release to release any remaining pressure.
Carefully strain the 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.