25 January 2012

Homemade Iced Passion Tea Lemonade

I recently made it my personal goal to drink all of the tea that I have in my apartment. This may seem to be a simple task, until you see how much tea that I, along with my various roommates, have accumulated. There are about 20 boxes of tea sitting in my kitchen, waiting to be consumed. I am graduating and moving out in early May, which gives me about three months to reach my goal. After about the ninth time that I had a regular cup of hot tea, I decided to switch it up a little bit. I worked at Starbucks for about five years and made probably over 1,000 iced tea beverages for customers. So, not to be overly pretentious, I think I know what I'm doing. I decided to tackle the iced passion tea lemonade because it is my favorite out of all of the iced tea choices. Passion is an herbal tea with hibiscus flowers, orange peels, licorice, cinnamon and lemongrass.

Tazo Passion Tea

To start, I used Tazo's Passion Tea, which you can find at most grocery stores or even at your nearest Starbucks. First just steam the same number of cups of water as the number of bags you will use. I wanted to make enough for about five people, so I used five tea bags. When the water is boiled and scorching hot, pour it into any large container that won't melt (I used a metal mixing bowl). Use a small piece of tape to secure all of the tea bags in the bowl. Allow the bags to steep in the steaming water for four minutes, and then remove them. Add equal amounts of cold water to the bowl (so for mine I added five cups). Place the container in your fridge for about one hour, or until the tea is cold.

My steeping tea bags. The smell is tantalizing.

Once your tea is cold, pour one cup into a glass and then add a 1/2 cup of lemonade. I used Tropicana's Trop50 lemonade, but it really doesn't matter what kind of lemonade you use, as long as it's sweet. You can even make your own by simply squeezing fresh lemons into your glass! Add ice, stir or shake well and enjoy!

Almost done!

If you want to spice it up a little bit more, add any kind of sweetener. I used about a Tablespoon of Light Agave Nectar. But you can use sugar, Splenda or whatever. I even added a shot of rum to one of my glasses, and it was extremely tasty!



  1. I am now working on drinking my tea too! Coffee gives me a tummy ache. I think. So tea it is.

  2. I used to really enjoy having a cup of tea every night before bed in High School. I forgot how calming it can be. Have you ever tried any organic chai teas? I almost bought the Organic Tazo Chai concentrate the other day, but I didn't want to waste my money if it wasn't any good. Also, I went to Food and Thought and it was really cool!