Sweet and tangy hibiscus tea, brewed hot and combined with fresh lemon juice and creamy honey. Serve it over ice and its the perfect drink for a party or to enjoy at home!
I’m not a big Starbucks fan. Part of it is because they use pretty crappy ingredients and charge way too much. But its also because I’ve been spoiled with some of the most incredible, locally crafted coffee right here in Lakeland. Concord Coffee is definitely my favorite – with their homemade coffee syrups (the coconut gives me life) and awesome Matcha Lemonade. (I don’t get paid to say that – its just my genuine opinion). They know how to make a real coffee, stuff that doesn’t have to be masked by a cup of high fructose corn syrup and a tower of whipped cream.
And I’m way more interested in spending $5 to buy a coffee that was made with love, especially when it means I’m supporting a small local business that does things right and also helps improve our community. Next time you want to grab yourself a treat, I suggest you think deeply into where your dollars are going. Wouldn’t you rather spend money to help small businesses flourish in your community so you can enjoy unique, high quality goods, than support a huge company that makes billions every year and could care less about your health or your individual community?
To me, the answer is clear. Starbucks has attempted to make some improvements since so many people are paying more attention to what they put in their body, but they have had problems being transparent in the past. And despite these changes, they still use many unnecessary ingredients that are proven to cause health issues. Its just not worth the money or the cancer. If you want to learn more about whats in your favor SB drink, check out this awesome compilation from Food Babe.
But before I get carried away with the dangers of high fructose corn syrup and how the FDA could care less about the crap thats being pumped into our bodies, lets talk about something positive AND pretty: Passion Tea Lemonade.
See that pretty steam? Now just imagine how amazing this beautiful tea smells as it steeps. There’s nothing better than an awesome treat that only takes minutes to make and also makes your house smell like heaven. I’m into it.
Confession time: I used Tazo’s Passion Tea blend when I made this lemonade for my sister’s baby shower. It has hibiscus, licorice, orange, cinnamon, rose hips, and lemongrass, which creates a yummy floral flavor. But Tazo also uses the elusive “natural flavors”, which really bothers me. Next time, I plan to either order hibiscus flowers or look for an Organic Hibiscus Tea at Whole Foods. The hibiscus is the most important part, so don’t worry about missing out on those other flavors. You may even be able to find one that is a similar blend!
But for now, we are using up the rest of this Taza tea and enjoying that Copycat Starbucks flavor. The recipe is super easy – so brew some of this up and let me know what you think!
Copycat Starbucks Passion Tea Lemonade Recipe
- quart sized mason jar
- 2 bags Tazo Passion Tea blend
- 1/4 cup organic lemon juice, fresh or bottled or more to taste
- 1/4 cup organic or local honey or more to taste
- 1 cup ice
Boil 1.5 cups of water to make your condensed Passion Tea. Pour the hot water into a heat-safe container. I use a quart sized mason jar for the whole recipe. Place the tea bags into the hot water and allow to steep for 5-7 minutes. Gently squeeze the bags out into the water to get out every bit of flavor you can!
Add your honey to the hot tea and stir to melt it in. Once completely melted, add the ice to cool down the mixture. Then stir in your lemon juice. Fill your quart mason jar the rest of the way with water, stirring all the ingredients together so they are mixed well. If you arent using a quart mason jar, this will be about 1.5 - 2 cups of water.
Give your Passion Tea Lemonade a taste! We prefer a tangy lemonade, so sometimes we add a little extra lemon juice. Feel free to adjust the sweetness to your personal taste. Keep in the fridge and enjoy over ice!
Note: We don't drink a lot of sugary drinks, and especially don't drink large servings at once. This recipe makes about four, 1-cup servings. For some people it may be more like 2 large servings.