Passion Tea Lemonade

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Last Updated on September 9, 2019 by Lisa Johnson

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…..

a glass jar and a small glass of passion tea lemonade on a white wooden board with a blue background

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! 😉

Passion Tea Lemonade in a small glass with a blue and white striped paper straw

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.

a glass of passion tea lemonade in front of a gallon jug of lemonade

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…..

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…..

Passion Tea Lemonade Bundt Cake |

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…..

Passion tea Lemonade steep

Allow to steep for 5 minutes.

Squeeze the excess tea out of each tea bag by using two spoons…..

Passion tea Lemonade squeeze

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…..

Passion tea Lemonade 8

Then add 5 ounces of lemonade and 1 Tablespoon of simple syrup for half sweetened, or 2 Tablespoons for a “sweetened” drink…..

Passion tea Lemonade 5

Fill with ice, put on the lid (cover the hole with your finger), and shake vigorously…..

Passion tea Lemonade Ice

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…..

Passion Tea Lemonade steep

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…..

Passion tea Lemonade gal

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 in a small glass with a blue and white striped paper straw

Passion Tea Lemonade

I have been working hard to recreate my favorite summer drink, Passion Tea Lemonade, at home and now you can make it too!
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: passion, tea, lemonade, syrup, recipe, summer, easy
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 2 Servings
Calories: 35kcal
Author: Lisa Johnson


  • 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.


To make almost 1 gallon (13 servings) of Passion Tea Lemonade:
  • 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.


Calories: 35kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Sodium: 10mg | Sugar: 8g

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  1. I blame being a mom and a blogger for my inability to preform math operations. My brain is fried!! (at least that’s my story and I’m sticking to it! :)) This drink sounds awesomely refreshing – and since we’re in the triple digits, I’m thinking I need to make this soon! The bundt cake looks scrumptious too!!!

  2. I love the look/sound of the lemonade tea mix but the fact that you turned it into a bundt cake is just too awesome. I will give this recipe a try for sure, will be nice for those hot summer cook outs!

  3. Oh it looks so good. Thanks for including the DIY and recipe. I want to try. Can’t wait for the cake recipe. It looks so good. I enjoyed meeting you. I came by from Best of the weekend. I am following you now so I don’t forget to come back for that recipe! LOL.
    Have a great weekend,

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