I’ve got a confession to make … I’ve only been to Starbucks 2 times in my whole life.
Which kind of makes me a not so very good copycat recipe kind of girl with this here recipe …
I did test it out on some folks who have had it and they say it’s spot on!
Funny, first time at Starbucks was in downtown Chicago on a freakin, blustery, late November day … Hubby wanted to duck in to this little place and I didn’t know WHAT to order, it is a little overwhelming, that menu board! So I just ordered a mocha whatever, which come to find out, was a glorified hot chocolate. Perfect for that day!
The next time was with my boss one morning, who happens to know about my anti Starbuck visits … and I got a Vanilla Frappuccino. I had no idea it was basically a frozen desert type thing and was instantly sorry I ordered it as I knew that sugar crash was going to be ugly in the office … live and learn!
So. Back to this recipe … Princess was coming over and I’ve seen so many Pinterest pins on this stuff. I had the tea bags (bought a LONG time ago) and I had just bought some Crystal Light lemonade … so figured, what the heck, let’s do this! It’s something I make pretty much every weekend now 😉
Here is how I made it:
4 bags of Passion Tea
4 cups water
1 cup prepared lemonade
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
2-3 tsps simple syrup, if needed (I always keep a batch on hand: 1/4 cup sugar, 1/4 cup water, heat til sugar is dissolved, cool and store in jar in fridge)
Bring your water to a boil in a sauce pan. Remove from heat and toss in the 4 bags of tea, vanilla and 2 tsps of simple syrup.
Make sure you sniff the bags before you put them in the water … I told Hubby “hmmm, I might have to start drinking this stuff all the time!” it smelled so good!
Allow to steep 15 minutes or so. Remove the bags. DON’T SQUEEZE THE BAGS!
Pour in a large pitcher and add the lemonade, stir and let chill in the fridge for 2 hours or so.
Taste, and add more sugar (simple syrup) if too tart. Serve up over a tall glass of ice and enjoy! *This will make about 4 to 5 servings* You think I would have gotten a picture of the glass, don’t you? We were poolside that first day and well, I’m just not a fan of cameras and iPhones by the pool for obvious reasons 😉