Instant Pot Blackberry Iced Tea

Instant Pot blackberry iced tea

Summer is the perfect season for refreshing and icy drinks. One of the most popular drinks to cool down with is iced tea. However, if you’re tired of the same old boring tea flavors, why not try something different like this Instant Pot blackberry iced tea?

With an Instant Pot, making your own blackberry tea has never been easier. In this blog post, we will teach you how to make a refreshing and easy blackberry iced tea using your Instant Pot.

Making your own blackberry iced tea using an Instant Pot is surprisingly simple and you can adjust the flavor to your liking. It’s perfect for a hot summer day or as a refreshing drink to serve at your next gathering.

Experiment by adding different fruits and flavors to make it your own. Give this recipe a try to discover a new favorite drink for the summer!

How was Iced Tea Started?

Instant Pot blackberry iced tea

The history of iced tea dates back to the 19th century in the United States. While the exact origins are debated, the general consensus is that iced tea was first popularized at the 1904 World’s Fair held in St. Louis, Missouri.

One popular story credits Richard Blechynden, a tea plantation owner from India, with introducing iced tea at the World’s Fair. During the fair, he had planned to give out free samples of hot tea to visitors. 

However, due to the scorching summer heat, people showed little interest in drinking hot tea. Blechynden decided to pour the brewed tea over ice and offered it as a refreshing alternative. The iced tea quickly gained popularity, and its demand spread.

However, it’s worth noting that iced tea was known and consumed prior to the 1904 World’s Fair. In the early 1800s, iced tea recipes started appearing in American cookbooks. At that time, though, iced tea was primarily enjoyed by the wealthier classes as a luxury beverage.

After its introduction at the World’s Fair, iced tea became increasingly popular across the United States. Commercially bottled iced teas were introduced in the early 20th century, making it more accessible to the general public. With the advent of refrigeration and the rise of the tea industry, iced tea gained even more popularity.

Today, iced tea is a staple beverage in many countries, particularly in warm climates. It is available in various flavors and varieties, including sweetened, unsweetened, and flavored iced teas. Ready-to-drink bottled iced teas and powdered instant mixes have become common, making it easier for people to enjoy iced tea at any time.

Instant Pot Blackberry Iced Tea
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Instant Pot Blackberry Iced Tea

Enjoy this very refreshing Instant Pot Blackberry Iced Tea! It'll be sure to cool you off on a hot summer day!
Prep Time5minutes 
Cook Time1minute 
Release Time10minutes 
Servings: 6


  • Instant Pot


  •  Cups Water
  • 6 Organic black tea bags
  • 2 Tbsp Fresh basil
  • ½ Cup Honey
  • 2 Tbsp Lemon juice
  • Fresh blackberries optional
  • Fresh basil sprigs optional


  • Add water, tea bags, and a half cup blackberries to Instant Pot® andstir to combine. Add lid and lock into place. Switch the vent to “Sealing” andset the “Manual” setting to 5 minutes.
  • While the tea is brewing, add remaining blackberries, basil, honey, andwater to saucepan set over medium heat. Cook, gently pressing on theblackberries to release their juices while continually stirring the mixture tocombine, for 4-5 minutes. Once honey is completely melted and the mixturestarts 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 basilfor garnish. Enjoy!


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.

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