Iced Passion Tango Tea (Starbucks Copycat Recipe)

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A refreshing, caffeine-free drink, this Starbucks Iced Passion Tango Tea copycat is made with just 3 ingredients. See how easy it is to recreate this pretty drink at home in just 5 minutes!

Iced Passion Tango Tea in a cup.

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Recipe Highlights

  • Iced Passion Tango Tea is an herbal drink made with hibiscus, apple, and lemongrass. This recipe recreates the Iced Passion Tango Tea at Starbucks.
  • The only iced tea at Starbucks without caffeine, Iced Passion Tango Tea can be made at home with just 3 ingredients.
  • Starbucks uses an iced tea concentrate but this homemade version is made by brewing hot tea using a tea bag, then quickly cooling it down with ice using a cocktail shaker. No cocktail shaker? A jar with a tight lid also does the job.
  • This recipe makes a 16 ounce cup of Iced Passion Tango Tea, which is a grande drink size.

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Ingredient Notes

Iced Passion Tango Tea copycat recipe ingredients.
  • Tazo Passion tea bag: Starbucks uses Teavana’s Passion Tango tea concentrate to make their iced tea, but that isn’t sold anywhere and neither is Passion Tango in tea bags. Instead, I’m using a very close version that’s made by Tazo.
  • Water: Use filtered water if possible for a better tasting tea.
  • Ice: Make ice using filtered water too, if possible.

For full ingredients and detailed instructions, please see the recipe card at the bottom of the post.

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Step-by-Step Instructions

Pouring hot water into a tea pot.

Step 1: Put tea bag and hot water into a teapot.

Simmer water on the stovetop or use an electric kettle. Set the water temperature to 190°F when using the electric kettle.

Tea in a covered tea pot.

Step 2: Cover and steep.

Ice and hot tea in a cocktail shaker.

Step 3: Put ice and hot tea into a cocktail shaker. Shake. Put ice in first, then the hot tea.

Pouring passionfruit tea into a cup.

Step 4: Pour iced tea into a cup.

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Expert Tips

  • I first tried making this drink with the Tazo Iced Passion tea concentrate it’s nowhere as good as making iced tea from the tea bag. The concentrate was a dull brownish-red color instead of vibrant red, tasted watered down, and cloyingly sweetened.
  • This recipe was also tested using 2 tea bags per 16 ounce serving and the drink wasn’t as light and refreshing as it was using just 1 tea bag. Stick with just 1 tea bag per serving to have it taste like the Starbucks version.
  • There’s no need to use boiling hot water to make the hot tea for iced tea. Simmered water works just as well and it’ll cool down quicker.
  • Tea bags contain small, crushed pieces of herbals so you don’t need to steep it for as long as you would whole herbals.
  • Starbucks doesn’t sweeten their Iced Passion Tango Tea, but if you want to add a little sweetener, use a simple syrup. It’ll mix easily into an iced drink.
  • The more vigorously you shake the iced tea, the more foam you’ll see on the surface. If you like a lot of foam, keep shaking it, about 40 times.

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Questions You May Have

How is Starbucks Iced Passion Tango Tea made?

Starbucks uses Teavana Passion Tango tea in a concentrate, dilute it with water, then mix it with ice in a cocktail shaker.

How much ice and tea is in a grande sized drink at Starbucks?

Starbucks iced drinks are half liquid and half ice. In a grande sized drink, which is 16 ounces, 8 ounces is tea and 8 ounces is ice.

Why is everything mixed in a cocktail shaker?

The cocktail shaker is used to quickly cool down the hot tea using ice. It’s the ice-chill method of making iced tea.

Is there passion fruit in Passion Tango Tea?

The Passion Tango Tea is a blend of hibiscus, lemongrass, apple, cinnamon, and licorice root, and passionfruit flavor so there’s just a tiny hint of passionfruit. The tea mostly tastes of hibiscus.

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Pouring Iced Passion Tango Tea into a cup.

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4.75 from 28 votes

Starbucks Iced Passion Tango Tea

By: Jee Choe
See how easy it is to recreate this pretty drink at home in just 5 minutes using 3 ingredients!
Prep Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 serving (16 ounces)

Ingredients 

Instructions 

  • Put tea bag and hot water into a teapot.
    Simmer water on the stovetop or use an electric kettle. Set the water temperature to 190°F when using the electric kettle.
  • Cover and steep for 4 minutes.
  • Put ice and hot tea into a cocktail shaker. Shake 10 times.
    Put ice in first, then the hot tea.
  • Pour drink into a cup.

Notes

  • There’s no need to use boiling hot water to make the hot tea for iced tea. Simmered water works just as well and it’ll cool down quicker.
  • Tea bags contain small, crushed pieces of herbals so you don’t need to steep it for as long as you would whole herbals.
  • Starbucks doesn’t sweeten their Iced Passion Tango Tea, but if you want to add a little sweetener, use a simple syrup. It’ll mix in easily into an iced drink.
  • The more vigorously you shake the iced tea, the more foam you’ll see on the surface. If you like a lot of foam, keep shaking it, about 40 times.
  • Starbucks uses Teavana’s Passion Tango tea concentrate to make their iced tea, but that isn’t sold anywhere and neither is Passion Tango in tea bags. Instead, I’m using a very close version that’s made by Tazo.
  • Use filtered water if possible for a better tasting tea. Use filtered water to make the ice too.

Nutrition

Calories: 2Carbohydrates: 1gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 26mgPotassium: 1mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 15IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 15mgIron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
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About Jee Choe

Welcome! I'm a certified Tea Sommelier and a self-proclaimed bubble tea and iced tea master. I'm all about making tea EASY and DELICIOUS.

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2 Comments

  1. Tazo Passion Tea was the original tea at Starbucks for 18 years. The Teavanna version is only 5 years old. Not a great change in my opinion. Tazo was better but Starbucks sold it to Unilever.