A delicious pink drink made with fresh strawberries, dried rose petals, hibiscus, and green tea. A pretty and tasty frozen treat to cool off in the summer.
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Frozen Pink Tea Latte
A combination of fruity and floral flavors make up this frozen pink drink. It’s basically a pink frappuccino!
The pink comes from a combination of strawberries, rose buds, and hibiscus. The strawberries and rose buds are pink in color when steeped in water but the hibiscus is the real MVP since it’s super bright red when steeped in water.
Add in a little milk or cream and the red drink becomes pink.
What is a Tea Latte?
I’m sure you’re familiar with a latte, a coffee drink made with steamed milk. A tea latte takes the same idea but instead of coffee, it’s tea.
In basic terms, a tea latte is “milk tea.”
A drink becomes an iced tea latte when you make the drink cold and add ice.
I’ve made countless versions of tea lattes, both hot and cold, but in the summer, I LOVE frozen tea lattes. It’s a tea latte but it’s blended with a ton of ice.
What’s in This Frozen Pink Drink?
- Strawberry simple syrup made with fresh strawberries
- Dried rose buds and hibiscus
- Japanese green tea, gyokuro
- Heavy cream, but you can use any milk of your choice
- Lots of ice
- Topped off with whipped cream
Is There Caffeine in a Frozen Pink Tea Latte?
Green tea is in this pink drink which has caffeine. But, you can easily take out the green tea from the recipe and make it completely caffeine-free.
What I Used to Make This Pink Frappuccino
- Fresh strawberries
- Edible dried rose buds
- Hibiscus tea bags
Make sure it’s just hibiscus and doesn’t include any other ingredients.
- Green tea
- Heavy cream
- Ice cubes
I like these cubes the best for making frozen drinks since they blend evenly and quickly.
- Vitamix blender
What I use to make perfect frozen drinks.
- Mini blender
I like to use one with a spout for easy pouring.
- Glass cup
This recipe makes 2 servings in these 17 oz glasses.
- Spoon straw
These straws have a spoon attached at one end which come in handy.
- Handheld milk frother
Makes whipped cream in seconds.
How to Make a Frozen Pink Tea Latte
Make strawberry simple syrup.
To make strawberry simple syrup quickly, I like to puree the strawberries first in water. I dice the strawberries and puree them in a mini blender with a cup of water. (I know, I know, I’m using two blenders in this recipe.)
The puree goes into a saucepan with a half cup of sugar and another half cup of water.
(My mini blender only holds one cup of water so I add the extra half cup needed for the recipe right into the saucepan.)
Bring the strawberry simple syrup to a boil then lower heat to a simmer.
Infuse rose buds, green tea, and hibiscus in simple syrup.
Cut the rose buds in half before infusing them into the simple syrup.
Add the cut dried rose buds, green tea, and hibiscus tea bags into the strawberry simple syrup.
Let it simmer for 5 minutes then turn off heat and let cool.
Separate the solids from liquid using a mesh strainer.
This part takes a while since you’ll need to dump out the solids once it fills up the strainer. Discard the solids.
Cool the rose infused strawberry simple syrup a bit, then put in the refrigerator to chill. You want this to be COLD when you add it into the blender with ice.
Make whipped cream.
Whipped cream can be made ahead of time (1-2 days even) so you can make this while you wait for the simple syrup to chill.
For two servings I use 1/3 cup of heavy cream and 2 teaspoons of white sugar. Whip using a handheld milk frother using the frother attachment.
I use the frother until the cream starts to thicken and gets soft peaks.
I use my beloved Vitamix blender (I’ve had it for over 10 years!) to blend the chilled rose and tea-infused strawberry simple syrup, ice, and heavy cream.
You can use any kind of milk you prefer instead of heavy cream, but since I’m already using it for the whipped cream, I figured it would be easier to use what I already have on hand.
Make sure the lid is on tight! Start on low, move the variable speed up, then flip the switch to high. Use a tamper to move the ice around to ensure a smooth drink.
Once it looks slushy, you’re done. The Vitamix was on for less than 10 seconds since it does it so quickly.
Pour frozen pink drink into two cups.
Look at that pink!
Top with whipped cream and rose petals.
I use a spoon and dollop on the whipped cream.
Then sprinkle on some of the edible dried rose bud petals.
Serve with a straw and drink immediately.
Frozen Pink Tea Latte Tips
- Make the drink caffeine-free by taking out the green tea from the recipe.
- A powerful blender like a Vitamix will crush the ice easily and evenly.
- Make sure the strawberry simple syrup with rose, hibiscus, and tea is chilled before blending it with the ice. Lukewarm syrup will melt the ice too quickly.
Strawberry Simple Syrup
Dice strawberries and puree in a mini blender with a cup of water. Pour puree, leftover 1/2 cup water, and 1/2 cup of sugar into a saucepan. Bring to a boil then lower heat to simmer.
Cut rose buds in half. Add cut rose buds, green tea, and hibiscus tea bags into the simple syrup. Let it simmer for 5 minutes then turn off heat and let cool. Strain out solids and discard. Cool down the simple syrup then place in refrigerator to chill.
Whip together 1/3 cup heavy cream and 2 teaspoons sugar until soft peaks form.
In a blender, combine the infused strawberry simple syrup, ice, and heavy cream. Start the blender on low then move up to high until the drink becomes slushy.
Serve with a straw and drink immediately.