Put tea bags and hot water into a teapot.Use simmered water to steep tea instead of boiling hot water. Simmer water on the stovetop or use an electric kettle with a temperature setting. Set the water temperature to 175°F when using the electric kettle.
Cover and steep for 3 minutes. Discar tea bags.Steeping for longer may make your green tea bitter.
Put lemonade, ice, and hot tea into a cocktail shaker. Shake 10 times. Put lemonade and ice in first, then the hot tea. If you don't have a cocktail shaker, use a large jar with a tight lid.
Pour drink into a cup.Empty everything in the cocktail shaker into the cup.
Teavana's Jade Citrus Mint (this is the green tea used to make Iced Green Tea Lemonade) and Tazo's Zen tea are very similar so you can use either to make the drink. They're both flavored green tea blends, mixing green tea with spearmint, lemon verbena, and lemongrass.
Avoid Tazo’s iced tea concentrate since it tastes terrible. The drink will taste so much better if you brew it hot using the tea bags.
If you prefer you can use loose tea, replace the 2 tea bags with 1 tablespoon of green tea.
It's not necessary to use higher quality tea since the subtle notes of green tea will be lost in the lemonade.
It's always a good idea to use an electric kettle with temperature control when making tea. Green tea shouldn't be steeped in boiling hot water, since it can make your tea bitter.
Don't oversteep green tea in hot water since that can also make your tea bitter.
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
Adjust the ice This recipe follows the Starbucks recipe, which is half ice and half green tea lemonade. Make adjustments to the drink by adding more or less ice.Make it sweeter This drink is already sweetened from the lemonade but if you like it sweeter, add simple syrup, which mixes in with iced drinks easier than regular sugar.Add flavored syrups To sweeten and flavor your drink, add raspberry syrup or peach syrup to make it fruity.Make it with pink lemonade Switch out regular lemonade with pink lemonade for a twist.