Did you know: A venti Shaken Iced Passion Tea Lemonade from Starbucks contains SIX PUMPS of sugary syrup? This drink, although delicious, not only contains a ridiculous amount of syrupy-sweet goo, but it’s also a cluster of words that never seem to leave my mouth in the correct order. When face-to-face with the seasoned barista, black crayon in hand, waiting impatiently for me to spit out my order sometime before the end of her shift, I just can’t ever seem to get it right. To avoid this all-too-familiar situation and save some money, shake up your own passion fruit beverage at home.
But first, a brief story…
Eastham, Massachusetts, the little town I love so much, is home to many beaches, a few mediocre restaurants (many of which have been crossed off the Lagasse’s infamous ‘list’), one phenomenal coffee shop and deli, one miniature golf course, one general store and one Dunkin’ Donuts.
The majority of my early summer days, before babysitting gigs start rolling in and beach parking lots become flooded with families of 6, are spent traveling from my bedroom to my green striped lounge chair on the deck. If the late-May sun is shining a little brighter and feels a little warmer than usual, I’ll take a little drive down to First Encounter Beach to my secret spot in the dunes (not so secret once those families of 6 arrive). During those early summer days I don’t need very much and I don’t travel very far.
But of course, everyone needs a little pick-me-up now and then. The Dunkin’ down the street is perfect for a mid-afternoon medium iced coffee with milk but sometimes that just doesn’t quite cut it. And here’s where the homemade Shaken Passion Iced Tea Lemonade comes in.
Rather than traveling to the closest Starbucks, an entire 17 minutes away, a few times a week, I (very, very easily) figured out a way to make the pink drink at home. One box of passion fruit tea (any brand will do, but Starbucks uses Tazo), one carton of Lemonade (Newman’s Own is my favorite, a tangy-sweet, organic mixture), a little ice and a cup with a lid is all you need.
Part 1: The ‘Tea’
- Boil water in the biggest pot available
- Remove from stove and add roughly 8-10 bags of passion fruit tea
- Let cool for at LEAST 2 hours, store in fridge if possible
Part 2: The ‘Lemonade’
- Pour cold tea into a Venti, Grande or Tall container with a lid, however much you plan on drinking
- Add lemonade for sweetness, a lot or little depending on how sweet you like it (no sugary-syrup necessary!)
Part 3: The ‘Shaken’ and The ‘Iced’
- Shake passion tea-lemonade mixture until frothy
- Pour into tumbler (or glass) over ice, head outside to the green-striped lounge chair on the deck, and enjoy!