A few weeks ago, I talked about my breakfast vice and I how I remedy it. Today, I’m revealing to you that, like so many other Americans, I have a Starbucks addiction. And [lucky for me?], in the past month this addiction has been compounded by the fact that until last night, we still didn’t have cable or internet (actually, still no internet until Friday) at the new house. This of course, wasn’t due to lack of trying, but because the frickin’ cable company can’t get their act together and get us hooked up to the cable on the street. It seems that two and a half months of my pleading with them isn’t enough to get them to do their job.
But I disgress. My point is, I’ve been spending an ungodly amount of time in my local Starbucks (and Panera) in order to get connected so that I can pay bills, look for a new job, shop online, hit up Pinterest, and blog…you know, the important things. And I’m not really complaining about not having TV for a month (we’ve had an awesomely quiet house as a result) but in all this time spent at Starbucks, I’ve really taken to the iced passion tea lemonade they offer, a drink I discovered last summer and has been so completely appropriate during the recent 70 degree weather we’ve had here in March. But as you’re all well aware, Starbucks isn’t cheap so I decided to make this favorite of mine at home – both to save money and to reduce the amount of time I spend sitting at those tiny wooden tables on too-hard chairs wasting time I could be spending at the gym.
And when I tell you how easy it is to make this iced passion tea lemonade home, I’m not kidding. Brewed Tazo passion tea (as recommended by “my” barista), lemonade, and homemade vanilla syrup are all you need – SO simple! After the tea and syrup are chilled, you’ll shake everything together with some ice and be able to sit back and enjoy an exact copy of this awesome summery drink. It’s a little tangy and a little sweet and totally refreshing. I like mine lightly sweetened with a little extra lemonade (for your reference, when I order a grande at Starbucks, I ask for just two pumps of syrup) but really, make it completely your own. Add more or less syrup or lemonade or leave the lemonade out all together if you just want the sweetened tea – it’s up to you! I made a big batch (7 bags of tea and almost 2 quarts of boiled water) so that I’ve got it in the fridge at the ready for when a craving hits. And by the end of the week, we’re scheduled to be reconnected to the rest of the world so at the very least, I’ll be able to sit on porch in the mornings with a big glass of this ice tea lemonade and connect with all of you!
The vanilla simple syrup recipe below makes considerably more syrup than you’ll need for one glass of this tea lemonade but it keeps well in the fridge for a few weeks. Make the whole (or half) amount and keep it for more tea lemonade or to add to coffee.
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 8 oz brewed Tazo (or other brand) passion tea, chilled
- 2 oz lemonade (homemade or store-bought)
- 1 ½ tbsp vanilla simple syrup
- To make the vanilla simple syrup: In a small saucepan, bring the water and the sugar to a low boil over medium-high, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Once the sugar dissolves, reduce the heat to low and simmer for 10-15 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat, stir in the vanilla, and let the simple syrup cool. Transfer to a mason jar or other airtight container and store in the refrigerator. (See note above.)
- To make the passion tea lemonade: Combine tea, lemonade, and 1 1/2 tbsp simple syrup in a mason jar with a lid or another sealable container. Shake the mixture to combine (or stir vigorously in a glass) and pour over ice. Serve cold.
sources: Smells Like Home, inspired by Starbucks | vanilla simple syrup adapted from Annie’s Eats