With the first official day of summer upon us — I had to post about one of my absolute favorite summertime drinks: Starbucks’ Tazo Shaken Iced Green Tea Lemonade.
It is the perfect drink for hot summer days. Whenever I’m within a hop, skip and a jump from a Starbucks during spring/ summer, I will make an effort to stop by and get one.
One of the keys to their delicious beverage is that they use their Zen variety green tea, which has lemongrass and spearmint infused flavors that make for a minty, sweet delight. Combine that (in iced version) with lemonade and you have yourself your own version of the Starbucks iced goodness.
Here’s my craved creation recipe:
- (16) Tazo Zen green tea bags, steeped (in 2 quarts of hot water) and chilled
- (7) cups lemonade — I used Simply Lemonade
- (1) lemon, sliced thinly
- (1) lime, sliced thinly
- Lots of ice
Combine all ingredients in a large pitcher and chill until ready to enjoy. I think the drink is sweet enough mixed with the lemonade, but if you get your Starbucks’ version of this sweetened, then you can always add some simple syrup (equal parts water and sugar heated on a stove until sugar is dissolved) to get there.
I’ve made this iced green tea lemonade twice recently, once enjoying a pool day with a girlfriend and, most recently, at the beach in OCMD with some friends. It was really easy to make, and was thoroughly enjoyed in the hot summer sun.
What are some of your favorite summer drinks?