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blueberry basil tea in a teapot and in tea cups
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5 from 3 votes

Blueberry Basil Tea

This easy homemade blueberry herbal tea is made with fresh or frozen berries, plus basil or hibiscus for extra flavor. Serve this summer drink hot or cold!
Cook Time15 mins
Steep Time:10 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings: 8 people (1 cup servings)
Calories: 43kcal

Ingredients

  • 6 cups water
  • 4 cups blueberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 cup fresh basil or ½ cup dried hibiscus
  • ¼ cup sugar, honey, or other preferred sweetener (Optional)

Instructions

  • Add water and blueberries to a large pot over medium-high heat, and bring to a boil.
    Add Blueberries + Water to a Pot
  • When the water begins to boil, use a potato masher to crush some of the berries as they cook.
    If you don't have a potato masher, you can skip this step.
    Crush the Berries
  • After 10 minutes, turn off the heat. Stir in the basil or hibiscus and cover the pot. Steep for 10 minutes.
    Add Basil + Steep
  • Strain the liquid through a fine mesh sieve or strain through cheesecloth. Use the back of a wooden spoon to push extra juice from the berries.
    Tip: Cheesecloth will yield the clearest juice without sediment, but a fine mesh sieve will catch most of the sediment.
    Strain Out the Berries + Basil
  • If desired, add sweetener to taste.
    Serve hot, or chill in the fridge and serve cold.
    Store leftover tea in the fridge and use within a week.
    blueberry basil tea in a teapot and in tea cups

Notes

Yields about 8 cups of blueberry tea.  This recipe is easily doubled or tripled.
Note that blueberry juice will stain, so take care if you have porous countertops.
Nutrition information assumes 1 cup of tea per serving, and does not include the optional sweetener.

Nutrition

Calories: 43kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 10mg | Potassium: 66mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 198IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1mg