My Favorite Starbucks Copycat Drink ~ Passion Tea with a Twist!

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Though the calendar and my craft table are telling me it is almost Fall, it is still hot, hot, hot in Florida!  On any given day, our fridge is filled with pitchers of lemonade, sweet tea (Southern girl!), various fruit juices, ice cold water … we are nothing if not hydrated!  And tucked at the very back of the fridge, I may have stashed my absolute favorite refreshing drink, which just happens to be my twist on a Starbucks favorite: Passion Tea with a twist!

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Doesn’t it look refreshing?!  I just discovered Tazo Passion Tea and it is my go to – hot or cold!  Now, this is not your traditional black tea.  My boys were on the fence about it (good, because that tea is MINE all mine, ha ha!) and I think that was because of the slightly floral flavors from the hibiscus and rose.  BUT it also has a yummy fruity quality from the orange and passion fruit.  So so, good!

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Quick confession before I share this super easy recipe for my Starbucks copycat drink: Ordering at Starbucks totally stresses me out!!  Anybody else?!  I know it’s just because I don’t know the Starbucks lingo, but I get all panicky when I’m next in line!  So one afternoon, the Starbucks in my Target was slow and I decided to conquer this fear.  Since more than a few cups of coffee makes me a little too hyped up, I wanted a cold non-coffee drink.  So, I bravely asked the barista for her recommendation. She shared a little secret.  She made me a passion tea lemonade with apple juice – or was it a passion tea apple juice with lemonade?  Either way, it was unbelievably delicious and now you can make it at home, too!!

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My Favorite Starbucks Copycat Drink ~ Passion Tea with a Twist!


  • Unsweeted Passion Tea – brewed strong (details below)
  • Lemonade – homemade or from a drink mix
  • Apple Juice


Passion Tea

  1. Add 3 Tazo Passion Tea bags to four cups boiling water and allow to steep until the tea is dark red in color and very fragrant.
  2. Allow to cool.
  3. Mix together equal parts unsweetened passion tea, lemonade and apple juice. Chill and serve over ice.


I used Crystal Light lemonade and light apple juice to keep this drink a little lighter on calories and it was DELICIOUS!

Okay, so this is my favorite Starbucks copycat drink … do you put a twist on a coffee house favorite?  Please share it – I’d love to give it a try!

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  1. I love this post! Especially since I ran a Starbucks for a good 10 years. 🙂 I love hearing outsiders’ views. It’s true too, we used to drink Passion Tea Lemonade and Passion Tea Apple Juice like it was going out of style. There’s really nothing better on a hot day. Great recipe!

  2. Tazo Passion Tea is my absolute favorite! I can’t get enough either… I’m definitely going to have to try this out!

  3. I love this Tazo Passion tea, sounds so refreshing. I am sure it so much cheaper to make it at home.

  4. SO simple – thanks for the tip! And yes, I hate ordering at Starbucks! I always ask for Small, Medium or Large because that is just common sense to me and those names make absolutely NO sense and sound so pretentious, haha!! Love this recipe – and that it’s light 🙂
    xo ~kim

  5. I love Starbuck’s Passion Tea, but would have never thought to add apple juice. Thank you for sharing your recipe. I will definitely have to try it. I’m visiting from the 36th Avenue link party.

    Christy @ Creating a Beautiful Life

  6. I will have to try this. I have been buying the Tazo Passion Fruit iced tea bags from Sprouts or Kroger. It makes a pitcher of tea. I will have to add this combo to it. My sons like this tea so I never get much when I make it.

  7. This sounds perfectly refreshing! I love their passion fruit tea, but not the price 😉 Thanks so much for sharing this. I’d love to have you link it up to our All Things Thursday Blog Hop that’s live right now. Hope to see you there!

  8. This is MY FAVORITE starbucks drink!! It’s so refreshing. I love it anytime of year, even in the winter. Thank you so much for linking up to Wake Up Wednesdays! I shared this on FB, Twitter & Pinterest!

  9. Sounds delish! Don’t forget to link up to The DIY’ers!

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  13. Love this drink!! You’ve been featured on Give Me The Goods and you’ll be on my FB page today 😉
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    1. Hi Crystal – I picked mine up at Target but I believe I’ve seen that at our Publix, too. Hope you find them soon and thanks so much for stopping by!

  14. I have never seen Starbucks put apple juice in it. I make it in a ice tea maker I used 5 Tazo passion tea bags for the 3 quart pitcher, 3/4 to 1 cup of sugar, and about half a jug of simply lemonade ( I only use simply lemonade, tried others and didn’t like them).

    1. Hi Emily – I haven’t had anyone let me know that they have, but you could definitely replace the lemonade with water!

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