This Starbucks copycat Iced Raspberry Passion Tea Lemonade is the perfect summer drink. It's sweetened with homemade raspberry syrup to add extra flavor and it's really easy to make!
Why This Recipe Works
- Just like Starbucks - Some Starbucks drinks are harder to get right at home because you can't get the exact ingredients but this one uses Tazo tea which is the same tea Starbucks uses for their passion tea! This makes it much easier to get the flavors right.
- Raspberry flavored - My favorite way to order iced passion tea at Starbucks is with raspberry syrup instead of the classic simple syrup. It adds extra berry flavor and it's really delicious! Make your own syrup at home to make this drink extra tasty!
- Less sugar - I use fresh lemon juice instead of sweet lemonade to keep the sugar content on the lower side. If you want your drink to be just like Starbucks, make lemonade by mixing water, sugar, and lemon, or use store-bought lemonade with white grape juice. I like using the Kiju brand.
- Cheaper - Ordering drinks at Starbucks every day can get pricey so making them at home has the potential to save you a ton of money! This drink isn't hard to make and it's really tasty so it's a win-win!
- Tazo passion tea - This is the tea Starbucks uses for their Passion Tango Tea so I highly recommend it if you can find it! If not, you can use hibiscus tea or any floral, berry-flavored tea. Tazo passion tea is made with hibiscus flowers, licorice, orange peel, cinnamon, rosehips, lemongrass, and elderberry.
- Lemon - I highly recommend using freshly squeezed lemon juice, it makes all the difference! This is the lemonade part of this drink. You can also use store-bought lemonade to make the drink more similar to Starbucks. I like the brand Kiju. It's made with white grape juice which is what Starbucks uses a lot in their drinks and lemonade.
- Raspberry syrup - I highly recommend making your own, it's super easy and so much more flavorful than store-bought. It's made by simmering raspberries with water, maple syrup (or sugar), and vanilla. The mixture is then strained, and you get thick delicious syrup. If you're in a pinch, try Monin's Raspberry syrup!
Variations and Substitutions
Berries - If you're not a fan of raspberries or want to try something new, use strawberries instead! Follow the same instructions and measurements but swap raspberries for chopped strawberries instead. A mix of berries like raspberries, strawberries, blackberries, and red currants could also be really tasty.
Tea - You can use plain hibiscus tea, rosehip tea, or any fruity berry-flavored tea if you prefer or run out of Tazo.
This drink is super simple and really all the work you have to do is just making the syrup and steeping the passion tea. It doesn't matter which one you make first but they will both need cooling time. I don't recommend adding ice to the tea to speed this up as that would dilute it.
- Tea concentrate: To make the tea, boil 6 cups of water and pour them over 8 bags of passion tea. I do this in a small pot. Don't steep your tea in a glass pitcher because it could easily crack and spill (speaking from experience, don't do it lol). Steep them for 10 minutes, pull them out and let the tea cool down before transferring to a glass jar or bottle and refrigerating.
- Syrup: To make the syrup, combine water, raspberries, maple syrup or cane sugar, and vanilla in a small pot. Bring to a boil, lower the heat to a simmer, and cook for 15-20 minutes or until the raspberries have completely fallen apart. Strain through a fine-mesh strainer into a bowl and transfer to a jar. Store in the fridge until ready to use.
Serving and Storing
You can serve this iced tea both as a single drink or in a pitcher. It's really easy to multiply the drinks to however many servings you need but for exact measurements for a four-serving pitcher, see the recipe card. The recipe is enough for 12 8oz servings.
To serve, add one tablespoon of the raspberry syrup to a glass filled with ice, pour in the passion tea concentrate, and top up with still or sparkling water. I prefer sparkling water to make it more fun and add some texture! You can use flavored soda but be careful about any added sugar that could make the drink too sweet. I like no-sugar lemon or berry-flavored ones.
Garnish the drink with fresh raspberries and a slice of lemon if desired and enjoy!
No, it doesn't, it's caffeine-free.
You could add 1-2 oz to your favorite cocktail for some hibiscus flavor or add it to your smoothies instead of the water or milk.
I ask for a venti iced passion tea with lemonade and two pumps of raspberry syrup.
More Starbucks Drinks
Making your own Starbucks drinks at home is so much fun, not to mention cheaper and possibly healthier than store-bought too! I have a whole selection that gets regularly updated so if you want to see all the Starbucks drinks, head to the Starbucks Drinks category. Below are three of my summer favorites that aren't coffee drinks.
This passion tea lemonade is sweetened with homemade raspberry syrup and it's the perfect summer drink!
A single drink:
- Ice cubes
- ½ cup Passion tea concentrate
- 1 tbsp raspberry simple syrup
- ½-1 cup still or sparkling water
Passion tea and raspberry syrup:
- Bring water to a boil. Pour it over the tea bags and let steep for 10 minutes (longer than the bags suggest to make the tea stronger. I like doing this in a large pot, I’ve cracked a glass jug before and a pot is safer
- Make the raspberry syrup (recipe is linked above or see notes).
A single drink:
- Fill a tall glass with ice.
- Add passion tea concentrate, raspberry simple syrup, and top up with still or sparkling water. Use a ratio of tea concentrate to water based on your preference. I usually do 1:1 or 1:2 but it doesn’t have to be measured, I usually just feel it out.
Raspberry simple syrup: You will need 1 ½ cup water, 2 cups raspberries, 1 cup maple syrup or cane sugar, and 2 teaspoon vanilla extract. Bring everything except vanilla to a boil, lower the heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes until the raspberries are completely fallen apart. Strain through a fine-mesh strainer and wait for it to cool down completely before storing. For more info, check out the separate blog post linked in the ingredient list.
Pitcher measurements: Add 2 cups of passion tea concentrate, 2 cups of water, ¼ cup of raspberry syrup, and ice to a pitcher. This makes 4 drinks. Double the recipe or triple as needed. The whole batch should make about 12 drinks.
Keywords: starbucks, tazo, iced passion tea