Passion tea lemonade has been one of my favorite drinks for a really long time, and it’s so easy to make at home. I’m going to show you how.
I can still remember the first time I had Passion Tea Lemonade. They had just opened a Starbucks in the resort-y desert town I lived in. Having moved there from Seattle, I was super stoked! Of course, everyone else in town was, too. It wasn’t uncommon to wait for 2 hours to get a drink. Looking back now, that seems like utter insanity.
Anyway. I was going through the drive thru with my mom and the people in front of us were getting these drinks that were kind of a dark pink color. My mom asked me ”what’s that they’re having?” I was all like “uhdunkno” like kids do and told her to ask the people at the window. Well, it turns out they were having Passion Tea Lemonade. We decided we would try that next time, which was like later that day or the next day.
Fast forward 100 years. Well, okay, only 10 years or so. Passion Tea Lemonades are still one of my go-to drinks at Starbucks, but they’re $4+ apiece now. Last time I had one, I was thinking “I could totally make this at home.” And it turns out, I’m right! You can make it at home too.
How to Make Passion Tea Lemonade at Home
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You’ll need a few items, but they’re fairly easy to find. The first is Tazo Passion Tea. This runs about $4 for a box that makes 12 quarts. Ummm…hello! I like the iced tea version of the tea bags, but you can use either version. Of course, you’ll need ice. A countertop ice maker is really nice to have. You’ll pretty much never run out of ice with one of these.And if you’re making a big batch of Starbucks copycat Passion Tea Lemonade, you’ll want a nice pitcher or even a beverage dispenser.
- Tazo Passion Tea tea bags
- Sugar or simple syrup
- Lemons and mint for garnish
- Brew the Tazo Passion Tea according to the directions. You can even brew it slightly strong, as it'll be cut by the lemonade.
- Make your lemonade.
- Fill a glass with ice.
- Fill your glass with 1/2-2/3 of the way with Tazo Passion Tea.
- Top off with lemonade.
- If you like yours sweetened, add a little sugar or simple syrup. I add about 1/2 teaspoon of sugar or simple syrup to a glass for myself.
- Garnish with a lemon wedge and a sprig of mint, if desired.
Voila! You’ve now made Passion tea Lemonade at home.
Want to make your own lemonade? Great!
Simple Lemonade Recipe
You will need:
2 quarts water
1 cup lemon juice. That’s 4-6 lemons (or use bottled. I won’t tell!)
½-1 cup of sugar, depending on level of sweetness. I use about 2/3 cup
Combine lemon juice and water. Add sugar slowly, while stirring. Taste and adjust to your desire.
Personally, I prefer my Passion Tea Lemonades slightly sweetened. This uses either sugar or simple syrup. However, there are alternatives if you still want the sweetened flavor without the sugar. If you’re looking to eliminate refined sugar, feel free to use honey as a sweetener. If you’re cutting carbs, monkfruit is a great sweetener that works for most people with very few side effects.