Starbucks Iced Passion Tea

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Does this drink look familiar? It must; it’s almost summertime. Nothing quenches your thirst like a venti-sized order of **no water added, sweetened Starbucks Iced Passion Tea.** Er..I guess a venti-sized order of a …. double-blended caramel frappuccino with extra caramel and extra whip quenches your thirst just as well.

Click here for the recipe for ‘Starbucks Iced Passion Tea’

Click here for the recipe for ‘Starbucks Iced Passion Tea Lemonade’

Starbucks — I know your iced teas are ridiculously easy to make, and you sell the Tazo brand teabags right at the counter, too!!! Then why-oh-why do countless others and I continue to buy your overpriced, pre-made iced tea? Are we that lazy?

Okay, let’s stop being lazy, people. Save yourself hundred$ a year and make your own passion iced tea at home. It’s amazingly simple, and you can make damn sure you don’t dilute your iced tea with too much water when you make it yourself. If it isn’t already obvious, Starbucks’ iced tea can be pretty diluted. I think you should make it yourself if you want to have it your way. If you have a cocktail shaker, that would be excellent for this drink. If you don’t, don’t fret — it’s not that big of a deal. I never believed “shaking” the tea really aerates or combines anything all that much. And there’s no need to dirty another dish in the kitchen.

I’ve also added a recipe for “Passion Tea Lemonade,” which is just equal parts brewed passion tea and prepared lemonade!

Here’s what you need:

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Tazo brand passion teabags, water, ice, and sugar. Seriously? That’s it?

I know, right?! Don’t buy anything other than Tazo brand. I really don’t think other knock-off passion teas can compare.

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So, let’s make one serving. Get one teabag ready and steep it with 1 cup of boiling hot water.

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Steep that for a good 5 minutes, please.

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As you’re waiting, you can make the “classic syrup.” That’s what Starbucks gives you when you ask for things to be “sweetened.” It’s essentially a simple syrup — just 2 parts sugar and 1 part water. Translation: 2 tablespoons sugar, 1 tablespoon water.

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Now microwave that shiz for about 25 seconds and stir. You should have a simple syrup. If you’re making a lot, go ahead and use a small saucepan on the stove for that. Set it aside.

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The tea is done steeping! Remove the teabag. So this was just for one single serving…

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If you want to make more servings, just remember: 1 cup boiling water per 1 teabag. Here I have 2 teabags for 2 cups boiling water. Ya get my drift?

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So here’s Starbucks’ mistake: they like to dilute the tea with more water. Even if you ask for “no water added” tea, the premade pitcher of tea is already kinda diluted, and I don’t like that at all. But if you do, then go ahead and add 1 cup of cold water to the 1 cup of brewed tea.

Otherwise, allow the 1 cup of brewed tea (with no additional water added) to cool at room temperature for 15 minutes! Remember: you can’t just ice it immediately and drink. That’s no bueno.

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So if you have a cocktail shaker, excellent for you. To the shaker, add a few teaspoons of classic syrup, the ice, and cooled brewed tea. Shake, shake, shake for some bomb shaken iced tea. If you’re S.O.L. like me and don’t have one, no big deal. Just pour the cooled brewed tea over ice.

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Really, it’s not a big deal. I hope you’re not tsk-tsk-ing me.

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Here’s where we can add a few teaspoons of the prepared classic syrup, and stir with a spoon until totally combined. If you’re making passion tea lemonade, add 1 cup of prepared lemonade now, too. Serve immediately. Enjoy! It’s one of the best teas in the world. Avoid breaking the bank at Starbucks this summer and make your own inexpensive iced passion tea!



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