Ever been to Starbucks and spend way too much money on a drink? I know I have. And I love their passion tea lemonade. So when I bought Tazo passion tea from the supermarket, I had an idea. Instead of only drinking it hot with a little bit of honey, why not prepare some iced passion tea and drink it just like at Starbucks? I added some homemade lemonade and it was a hit! A little more lemonadey than the Starbucks kind, but that can definitely be tweaked according to taste. I definitely like it that way.
Fine, mine’s not shaken. Though I guess to make it more authentic you can mix it up in your cocktail shaker. I stirred mine and loved it anyway, so I’m not sure the shaking makes SUCH a big difference.
Look! I used only two teabags and made a huge pitcher of iced tea with it – how easy (and cheap!) is that? Make sure you have giant pitchers or measuring cups. And make sure that these can handle boiling water, because exploding glass is not fun in the kitchen. and Those 8-cup Pyrex ones would be amazing for making a drink like this. I wish I had one of those, actually. I used a bunch of big pitchers I have lying around. And I actually had to go scrounging for mason jars and measuring cups to combine the lemonade and iced tea. Not so fun. I think I’ll buy some more things to make this in because I know I’ll be doing it a lot, especially when the warm months roll around.
Tazo Passion Tea Lemonade Recipe:
- 2 Tazo passion tea teabags
- 7 Lemons, squeezed
- 1 cup sugar
- 8-9 cups water, divided
1. Make the tea: Boil 4 cups of water and add the teabags. Let steep until cool. Remove tea bags. (You can do this step in the morning, let it sit all day, and when you get home from school/work/errands, continue with the rest of the steps)
2. Combine 1 cup of water with the sugar in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and stir, making sure all the sugar is dissolved. That’s your simple syrup! Let cool.
3. Combine lemon juice (I got about 1 1/3 cups from 7 lemons), simple syrup, and 3-4 cups water. Taste to make sure it’s not too lemony or sweet. Add more water or lemon juice to taste.
4. In a pitcher, glass, cup, or whatever you use to drink or store drinks, combine lemonade and tea, using a 1:1 ratio. Mix well, and add ice if desired. Drink up!
Don’t forget to share this with your friends! It’s easy enough to make again if they finish it before you get a chance to even taste…