Starbucks Iced Passion Tango Tea Lemonade Copycat

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Make this easy, caffeine-free Starbucks Iced Passion Tango Tea Lemonade copycat drink at home. It’s a fruity, refreshing iced drink that’s made in a few minutes with just 4 ingredients!

Iced passion tango tea lemonade drink in glass cups.

Recipe Highlights

  • Starbucks Iced Passion Tango Tea Lemonade is an Iced Passion Tango Tea shaken with lemonade. The drink is made without any syrups, but it’s sweet from the sugar that’s in the lemonade.
  • Passion Tango Tea The tea used in the Starbucks drink is an herbal tea blend of hibiscus flowers, orange peel, rose hips, and passion fruit flavors.
  • At Starbucks, an iced tea concentrate is used to make the drink. This homemade copycat version is made by brewing hot tea using tea bags and then quickly cooled with ice in a cocktail shaker. No cocktail shaker at home? A jar with tight lid will work just as well.
  • It takes about 5 minutes to make this drink, including the time to steep the tea.
  • This easy recipe recreates a grande size (16 ounce) cup of Starbucks Iced Passion Tango Tea Lemonade using 4 ingredients.

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Iced Passion Tango Tea Lemonade at Starbucks

Starbucks makes this caffeine-free drink by shaking ice, lemonade, and Teavana’s passion tango iced tea concentrate in a large cocktail shaker 10 times. It’s shaken to make sure the tea is chilled and all ingredients are mixed well.

The drink is sweetened by the lemonade, which is pre-made and contains sugar. It’s not possible to get this drink sugar-free.

The amount of ice in the drink can be adjusted by asking for light ice (less ice) or for extra ice.

Most people love the combination of sweet and tart flavors in the original recipe, but it’s also common to modify it by adding liquid cane sugar. Other ways the drink can be customized is by adding raspberry syrup, apple juice, peach juice, or strawberry acai Refresher base.

This drink used to be sweetened with Classic syrup but Starbucks no longer automatically sweetens their iced teas. If you want it to taste like how it used to, ask for 4 pumps of Classic syrup in a grande.

Like all their iced teas, this drink comes in 4 sizes: tall (12 ounces), grande (16 ounces), venti (24 ounces), and trenta (30 ounces!).

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Ingredient Notes

Iced Passion Tango Tea Lemonade recipe ingredients.
  • Tazo Passion tea bags
    Teavana’s Passion tea concentrate that Starbucks uses to make their iced tea isn’t available for purchase anywhere. A good substitute is Tazo’s Passion tea. DO NOT get the Passion Tango Tea Concentrate that’s sold pre-made since it’s absolutely horrible. Always make it from the tea bags.
  • Water
    Use filtered water, like Starbucks does, for a better tasting tea.
  • Lemonade
    Starbucks uses their own sweetened lemonade in this drink, which isn’t available for purchase. Try Minute Maid Lemonade or Simply Lemonade, which taste very close to the one at Starbucks.
  • Ice
    Filtered water makes better tasting ice.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Iced Passion Tango Tea Lemonade recipe steps.

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

  1. Put tea bags and hot water into a teapot.
    Simmer water on the stovetop or use an electric kettle with a temperature setting.
  2. Cover teapot and steep.
  3. Put lemonade, ice, and hot tea into a cocktail shaker. Shake.
    If you don’t have a cocktail shaker, use a large jar with a tight lid. Make sure it’s on tight before you start shaking!
  4. Pour Iced Passion Tea Lemonade into a cup.
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Ways to Customize This Drink

This drink is already sweetened from the lemonade but if you like it sweeter, or just want to adjust the flavor, here are some options.

Make it sweeter
Simple syrup is the easiest way to sweeten an iced drink since it’ll dissolve easily into a cold beverage. It’s quick and easy to make your own simple syrup at home using just 2 ingredients.

Add flavored syrups
To sweeten and flavor this drink, add a fruity touch with peach syrup, strawberry syrup, or raspberry syrup.

Add fruit juice
Instead of adding syrup, add a little peach juice or pineapple juice.

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Expert Tips

  • Even though Starbucks uses a tea concentrate, the tastiest way to recreate the drink is to brew hot tea then cool it down quickly with ice using a cocktail shaker. Avoid Tazo’s iced tea concentrate since it tastes horrible.
  • If you don’t have Tazo’s Passion tea, any brand of hibiscus tea bags will work.
  • The tea can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
  • Use an electric kettle to set the correct temperature and time to boil your water.
  • The more 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.

Questions You May Have

How is Iced Passion Tango Tea Lemonade made at Starbucks?

Starbucks uses Teavana Passion Tango Iced Tea concentrate, dilutes it with Starbucks’ own lemonade, then mixes it with ice in a cocktail shaker. Everything is then poured into a cup.

Is there caffeine in Iced Passion Tango Tea?

No. Since there is no real tea in this herbal blend, there is no caffeine. Passion Tango is the only caffeine-free iced tea on the Starbucks menu.

Do I need to use 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. If you don’t have a cocktail shaker, any large jar with a tight lid will work.

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 lemonade with 8 ounces of ice.

Iced Passion Tango Tea Lemonade recipe.

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Starbucks Iced Passion Tango Tea Lemonade Copycat

Author: Jee Choe
A refreshing caffeine-free fruity iced tea ready in 5 minutes with just 4 ingredients!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 2 mins
4 mins
Total Time 6 mins
Course Drinks
Yield1 serving (16 ounces)

INGREDIENTS
 

  • ½ cup water
  • 1 Passion Tango tea bag
  • ½ cup lemonade
  • 1 cup ice

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Put tea sachet in pitcher and add hot water.
    Bring 1/2 cup of water to a simmer and turn off heat. 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. Discard tea bag.
    Steeping for longer may make your tea bitter.
  • Put lemonade, ice, and hot tea into a cocktail shaker. Shake 10 times.
  • Pour Iced Passion Tango Tea Lemonade into a cup.

NOTES

  • Teavana’s Passion Tango tea concentrate that Starbucks uses to make their iced tea isn’t available for purchase anywhere. A good substitute is Tazo’s Passion tea.
  • Starbucks uses their own sweetened lemonade in this drink, which isn’t available for purchase. Try Minute Maid Lemonade or Simply Lemonade, which taste very close to the one at Starbucks.
  • DO NOT get the Passion Iced Tea Concentrate that’s sold pre-made since it’s absolutely terrible.
  • Even though Starbucks uses a tea concentrate, the tastiest way to recreate the drink is to brew hot tea then cool it down quickly with ice using a cocktail shaker.
  • The tea used in the Starbucks drink is a caffeine-free herbal tea blend, which is a blend of hibiscus flowers, orange peel, rose hips, and passion fruit flavors.
  • If you don’t have Tazo’s Passion tea, any brand of hibiscus tea bags will work.
  • The tea can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
  • Use an electric kettle to set the correct temperature and time to boil your water.
  • If you want to make yours taste like Starbucks used to make it, the old recipe included 4 pumps Classic syrup for a grande.
  • The more 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.

Ways to Customize This Drink

This drink is already sweetened from the lemonade but if you like it sweeter, or just want to adjust the flavor, here are some options.
Make it sweeter
Simple syrup is the easiest way to sweeten an iced drink since it’ll dissolve easily into a cold beverage. It’s quick and easy to make your own simple syrup at home using just 2 ingredients.
Add flavored syrups
To sweeten and flavor this drink, add a fruity touch with peach syrup, strawberry syrup, or raspberry syrup.
Add fruit juice
Instead of adding syrup, add a little peach juice or pineapple juice.

NUTRITION

Calories: 60 | Carbohydrates: 15g | Sodium: 25mg | Sugar: 14g | Calcium: 11mg
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