Starbucks Iced Passion Tango Tea Copycat

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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.

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.

Step-by-Step Instructions

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For full ingredients and instructions, scroll down to see the recipe.

  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.
  2. Cover and steep.
  3. Put ice and hot tea into a cocktail shaker. Shake.
    Put ice in first, then the hot tea.
  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.

Pouring Iced Passion Tango Tea into a cup.

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Starbucks Iced Passion Tango Tea

Author: Jee Choe
See how easy it is to recreate this pretty drink at home in just 5 minutes using 3 ingredients!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Drinks
Yield1 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 iced tea into a cup.

NOTES

  • 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 browish-red color instead of vibrant red, tasted watered down, and cloyingly sweetened.
  • 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: 2 | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 26mg | Potassium: 1mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 15IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1mg
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