DIY Starbucks Passion Tea Lemonade



To make the Passion Tea concentrate:

  1. Steep 5 tea bags in boiling water. You'll need to use a large container for this, as it will be a large amount of water. I used an extra-large pyrex measuring cup.
  2. Steep them for at least 10 minutes. I left mine in several hours because it was the dinnertime and bedtime craze, and they got forgotten. No big deal, it was just super concentrated. I use a little less and water it down.
  3. Take the tea bags out and store the concentrate in the fridge.

To make the simple syrup:

  1. Basically you are using a 2:1 sweetener to water ratio. Ie. 2 cups of water and 1 cup of honey (or sweetener of choice). I used half honey and half coconut palm sugar. Most types of sweetener will do fine. You could probably even use stevia in this recipe - just skip the simple syrup bit and add the liquid right to your drink. (I don't know for sure, though, so if you try it - let me know in the comments!)
  2. Bring to a boil in a pot over the heat, and slowly simmer to reduce. Simmer and stir frequently for about five minutes, then remove from heat to cool. This mixture can be stored in the fridge for quite a while, but probably won't last long if you love this lemonade like I do!

And finally, to make the Passion Tea Lemonade:

  1. Fill your cup about a third full of Passion Tea concentrate (I like to use a mason jar, and you'll see why in a minute).
  2. Add a small amount of simple syrup (maybe start with 1/4 cup and add from there, to taste), and twice as much lemonade (Try the honey-sweetened lemonade recipe on my site, or buy it pre-made).
  3. Fill with ice. Taste test.
  4. Add water if the flavour is too strong, and add additional simple syrup if desired. I like mine on the tart side, so I end up with a very small amount of tea concentrate, and lots of lemonade, then water and ice, with a small bit of simple syrup. It's very versatile, according to taste, so taste test as you go!
  5. In Starbucks they use a fancy shaker thingie to shake it up and give a bit of foam. I use a mason jar with a lid on it to achieve the exact same thing! Stick a straw in it, sit back in the sunshine and sip slowly. Happy summer, friends!

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Recipe by Keeper of the Home at