It’s rare that I do more than one blog post in a day, but I felt like this recipe needed its own. I also wanted to be sure to share it soon after National Iced Tea Day which was yesterday…I don’t know why I keep learning about these days after they’ve happened…
Anyway, this recipe is based on my now favorite drink at Starbucks. For a long time when I went to Starbucks I got an iced mocha, marble mocha, coconut mocha, iced latte, or a frappuccino – can you tell I like the coffee/espresso combo? Then I developed an allergy to espresso (heartbreaking), so I started ordering their double chocolate chip frappuccinos for a while.
It wasn’t until a few months ago that I started getting into their Iced Green Tea Lemonade. I have never been a tea person (the Anglophile within me hates me for that), but when the calm flavor of green tea is mixed with the zing of citrus, I can definitely get on board.
As anyone who has ever been to a Starbucks knows, those drinks can get pricey. That plus the fact that my Starbucks gift cards had all run out prompted me to go ahead and recreate this drink at home. It took a lot of tweaking, but I finally have it just right. Perfect in time for summer!
All Natural Green Tea Lemonade
makes about 6 cups
– 1/2 cup organic honey
– 2 cups water
– 4 organic green tea bags
- 1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 3 cups cold water
- ice cubes for serving
- Pour the honey into a large glass bowl. (I use glass because it is heat-safe.) Boil 2 cups of water, and pour on top of the honey. Whisk together until the honey is melted. Add the green tea bags.
- Allow the tea to steep for 5-10 minutes, depending on how strong you want it.
- Add the lemon juice, and stir.
- Pour in the remaining 3 cups of cold water, and mix everything together.
- Allow to chill in the fridge for at least 2 hours before serving. Serve over ice, and enjoy!
– This recipe makes for a very zingy Green Tea Lemonade. If you aren’t a huge fan of the tartness of lemons, I’d add another 1/4-1/2 cup of cold water to the mix.
– I’m not really into this, but if you added some vodka to this, it would be a BBQ/party drink!