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Have you made your Simple Syrup yet? Well it's time to pull it out of the refrigerator and start using it! I have spent the past week trying to fine tune this recipe and get it as close as possible to the original Shaken Passion Tea Lemonade from Starbucks. You will soon realize, that this is one of my absolute favorite drinks!! In fact, I might be a tad bit obsessed.....
If you purchase your drinks from several different Starbucks, you may have noticed that they do not always taste the same. Why is that you ask? There are a lot of variables, and I have been told different recipes from different baristas! Basically, everyone has a slightly different way of making it, so it makes it difficult to perfectly recreate. Now factor in that you cannot purchase the same lemonade that they use, and it can never be exactly the same...but this is pretty damn close! 😉
I was originally told that they mix equal parts passion tea and lemonade, but that was too strong. Remember when I made the Passion Tea Lemonade Cocktail, and I said it tasted better after it sat for a few minutes? That's because the ice needed to melt a bit to tone it down. Now we know. 😉
So I continued playing around with it until I got it exactly the way I wanted it. I even tried two different brands of lemonade to see if it would make a difference. Newman's Own and Simply Lemonade taste about the same, and both are stronger than the lemonade used by Starbucks.
I am on a Passion Tea Lemonade binge at the moment, and I have new recipes popping in my head each day! Like these Passion Tea Lemonade Popsicles.....
That will be showing up later this week along with a slurpee. Would you believe that I actually made a Passion Tea Lemonade Bundt Cake.....that does not contain alcohol? Crazy, I know.....
How to make Passion Tea Lemonade:
I am going to start by showing you how to make one batch or 2 "grande" sized drinks. Try to keep up, this is really tricky. 😉 Boil one cup of water and add you tea bag.....
Allow to steep for 5 minutes.
Squeeze the excess tea out of each tea bag by using two spoons.....
I actually hold one spoon in each hand, but I needed to hold the camera with my other hand. 😉 Add one cup of cold water, and allow to cool completely.
To make one drink, I am going to use my official Starbucks grande cup with the lines. It works perfectly, because it has a screw on lid which makes it really easy to shake! Add 8 ounces of cooled tea to your cup or shaker.....
Then add 5 ounces of lemonade and 1 Tablespoon of simple syrup for half sweetened, or 2 Tablespoons for a "sweetened" drink.....
Fill with ice, put on the lid (cover the hole with your finger), and shake vigorously.....
Repeat the process to make a second drink.
How to make Passion Tea Lemonade for a crowd:
Boil boil 4 cups of water, then added 4 tea bags.....
Allow to steep for five minutes. Remove the tea bags, squeezing out the excess tea as you go. Allow the tea to cool, then pour into a large container.....
Add 4 cups of cold water, 5 cups of lemonade, and 8 Tablespoons of Simple Syrup. Cover and shake container to combine. Chill until ready to serve. Use within 5 to 7 days...that's a guess by the way. Mine will not last that long!!
If you would like a sugar-free version, simply replace the lemonade with squeezed lemonade Vitamin Zero Water. You might want to add a bit of lemon juice, but it's really good that way as well.
Passion Tea Lemonade
- 1 cup boiling water
- 1 cup cold water
- 1 teabag Tazo passion tea
- 5 ounces lemonade
- 1 - 2 Tablespoons simple syrup
- Boil water, add teabag, allow to steep for five minutes.
- Squeeze teabag, add cold water and stir.
- In a large glass, pour in 8 ounces of passion tea (1 cup).
- Add 5 ounces of lemonade, and simple syrup.
- Fill glass with ice, cover, and shake vigorously to combine.
- Serve with a straw.
- 4 cups boiling water
- 4 teabags
- 4 cups cold water
- 5 cups lemonade
- 8 Tablespoons simple syrup
- Mix together in a large container.
- Chill until ready to use.