Tuesday, September 20, 2011

At Home Version: Starbucks Tazo Passion Tea Lemonade

Yeah yeah, I know summer's almost over and we're dreaming and drooling over Pumpkin Spice Lattes, Hot Chocolate, Caramel Salted Lattes, oh my! But this stuff is so good.  Seriously, I have a gallon pitcher of it in my fridge.

So there are a few ways you can make this, based on your own preferences.  Once I made up my mind that I had to start making it at home (the day I bought 3 in one day...) I figured I'd just get the Tazo tea bags from either Starbucks or grocery stores or Target. Even better...while at Teej (TJMaxx,) I came across a box of Tazo Iced Passion Tea bags.  Yup, I immediately put 5 boxes in my cart.  A few isles later I realized I didn't need that many boxes, and put 3 back.  And yes, I put them in the photo frame isle... <*slaps hand!*>

Ok, so the Passion Tea part done.  Now for the lemonade.  The first time I tried this I used what I had on hand, Crystal Light Pink Lemonade mix for a bottle of water.  It worked, but it wasn't stellar.  It wasn't Starbucks.  It left that diet aftertaste.  So for the next 3 weeks I resigned that I'd never be able to make it on my own and went back to my daily fix.  Yes, I would agree to go to Lowe's with the hubs ONLY if we could go get my fix.

Then I realized it was getting a little insane. And expensive.  So when I went food shopping that week I bought Crystal Light Pure Lemonade.  No artificial sweeteners it says...but it's got Truvia or Stevia (one of them...) and that's not natural.  And it definitely doesn't taste natural.  It left an even worse artificial after taste.

Long story short? The solution? Good old fashion frozen concentrated lemonaade.  Yup, the 15% juice kind! Someday I will make this with real, squeezed lemonade, but this works for now.

Starbucks Tazo Passion Tea Lemonade

Ingredients
-Iced Passion Tea, 1 bag
-Frozen Lemonade Concentrated (I used Minute Maid, standard size, but Pink Lemonade would be tasty!)
-2/3 cup simple syrup*

Directions:
1.) Make the Passion Tea according to the directions on box.  If using regular Passion Tea bags, brew and refrigerate, or at least let come to room temperature.
2.) In seperate pitcher, make the lemonade according to the directions on packaging.
3.) Mix both together and add simple syrup and adjust to preference.
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Notes:
*Simple Syrup: equal parts sugar and water, warm over medium heat until sugar disolves and becomes a syrup.  I use a cup of each and store the sweetener in the fridge for other uses.  Iced coffee for one...
-I don't like very sweet drinks, so this is my preference of sweetener.  This makes a gallon of tea, so you may want to add more.  I would say add by 1/4 cup, tasting until it's how you like it.

Enjoy!

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