If you love Starbucks Passion Tea Lemonade, you’ll love this easy recipe for a lighter version with a fraction of the calories!
I think I’m one of the few adults I know who doesn’t drink coffee, aside from my husband. Everyone told us when we had kids that we’d convert, but we never have – maybe a 2nd child will push us over the edge! I do like tea though and I’m happy that Starbucks and other coffee houses often have good varieties of tea, otherwise it makes “going out for coffee” with friends a little blah. A few years ago I tried Starbucks Passion Tea Lemonade and loved it. It’s a little sweet though and if you’re downing a 16 oz Grande, that will set you back 130 calories, 190 if you get the Venti. My mom used to make the real version at home and it was just as delicious, but she then turned me on to a lite version.
To make a pitcher full, you need:
First, I make two cups of tea double strength. Put 2 tea bags in each mug of hot water. Wait for the tea to steep fully, I usually wait 5-10 minutes, strain, and remove the tea bags.
By this time the water has generally cooled off enough to pour the tea into a plastic pitcher.
Then I add both packets of Crystal Light single servings into the base. I usually use raspberry lemonade, but I only had pomegranate lemonade and regular lemonade flavors on hand this last time, so I used one of each.
Then you add 36-40 oz of water to the pitcher and stir. I usually add in the 36 oz first and then taste to see if I need to add a little more or not.
Pour over ice and enjoy!
I still like the sweetened “real” version from Starbucks once in a while for a treat, but I do like to make this to have at home more regularly.
If you want to add a little bit more sweetness to this, you can add some simple syrup, orange flavored syrup or a small amount of sugar for just a little something extra.