At the beginning of my maternity leave this February, I received a $25 gift card to Starbucks. I generally don’t go to Starbucks but a few times a year, but if I have a gift card and don’t have to spend my own money, then sure, I’ll stop there while on my way out of Target or take my daughter out for hot chocolate after sitting patiently during her haircut. I milked that gift card for all its worth, leaving me with about $4 left the week before I went back to work. I stopped at Starbucks to spend the remaining balance of my gift card and this time instead of getting a coffee drink, I opted for an Iced Passion Tea Lemonade. I was surprised how delicious and refreshing it was. Not too sweet, not too lemony/sour, the perfect pick-me-up on a gorgeous spring day. I saw this recipe on Pinterest for a knockoff and since I only drank this yesterday and the flavor is fresh in my mind and mouth, I can tell you it is spot on. I multiplied the recipe to make a pitcher since I doubt I would ever just mix up one serving at a time.
Iced Passion Tea Lemonade
Makes about 8 servings
8 C. (64 oz.) brewed Tazo Passion Tea
2 C. (16 oz.) prepared lemonade
3/4C. (6 oz.) vanilla syrup (recipe as follows)
To make vanilla syrup, place 1 C. water and 1 C. granulated sugar in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil and stir until sugar is dissolved. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 10 min to allow syrup to thicken. Remove pan from heat. Add 1 tsp. vanilla extract, stir and allow to cool to room temperature. Refrigerate in an airtight container until ready to use.
To make tea lemonade mix together the 8 C. of tea, 2 C. of lemonade and 3/4 C. of the vanilla syrup in a pitcher and chill in the refrigerator. Pour over a glass of ice and enjoy!
Recipe from Smells Like Home