Do you need something refreshing for a hot and sunny day? Try making a homemade Sweet Blackberry Iced Tea.
A large pitcher of this flavorful tea is created by mixing fresh blackberries and fresh chopped basil. This simple iced tea recipe requires only a few ingredients and is super easy to make. Spend your hot days the perfect way with this refreshing blackberry iced tea!
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What To Pair with Sweet Blackberry Iced Tea?
- Fresh mint leaves
- Fresh basil sprigs
Other Recipes to Enjoy on Hot Summer Days
If you’re enjoyed this perfect refreshing drink on hot days, I highly recommend these other recipes:
- Strawberry Chicken Salad with Pecans and Feta
- Panzanella Salad
- Crunchy Celery Apple Salad
- Cherry Pecan Ice Cream
- Peach Blackberry Salad
- 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.
- You can use an Instant Pot® to make your blackberry iced tea.
Ingredients for Sweet Blackberry Iced Tea
- 8 c. water
- 6 organic black tea bags, paper tags removed
- 1½ c. fresh whole blackberries, divided
- 2 T. fresh basil, chopped
- ½ c. honey, preferably local
- ½ c. water
- 2 T. fresh lemon juice
How To Make Sweet Blackberry Iced Tea?
Step #1. In your boiling water, add tea bags and a half cup of the fresh berries 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.
Step #2. While the tea is brewing, add the remaining juicy 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 honey is completely melted and the mixture starts to thicken, remove from heat and set aside.
Step #3. When cooking time on Instant Pot® is complete, allow pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes, then do a quick release to release any remaining pressure.
Step #4. Discard tea bags and carefully strain the hot tea mixture with a fine wire-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.
Step #5. Serve immediately in a glass pitcher with ice cubes and fresh blackberries. Garnish with a sprig of fresh basil. Enjoy!
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