Passiontea Lemonade

Uhm, HI!

I've got a confession to make ... I've only been to Starbucks 2 times in my whole life.


Which kind of makes me a not so very good copycat recipe kind of girl with this here recipe ...


I did test it out on some folks who have had it and they say it's spot on!

Funny, first time at Starbucks was in downtown Chicago on a freakin, blustery, late November day ... Hubby wanted to duck in to this little place and I didn't know WHAT to order, it is a little overwhelming, that menu board! So I just ordered a mocha whatever, which come to find out, was a glorified hot chocolate. Perfect for that day!

The next time was with my boss one morning, who happens to know about my anti Starbuck visits ... and I got a Vanilla Frappuccino. I had no idea it was basically a frozen desert type thing and was instantly sorry I ordered it as I knew that sugar crash was going to be ugly in the office ... live and learn!

Yes, I took a picture and posted it on Instagram and forwarded to Hubby

So. Back to this recipe ... Princess was coming over and I've seen so many Pinterest pins on this stuff. I had the tea bags (bought a LONG time ago) and I had just bought some Crystal Light lemonade ... so figured, what the heck, let's do this! It's something I make pretty much every weekend now ;-)

Here is how I made it:

4 bags of Passion Tea
4 cups water
1 cup prepared lemonade
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
2-3 tsps simple syrup, if needed (I always keep a batch on hand: 1/4 cup sugar, 1/4 cup water, heat til sugar is dissolved, cool and store in jar in fridge)

Bring your water to a boil in a sauce pan. Remove from heat and toss in the 4 bags of tea, vanilla and 2 tsps of simple syrup.

Make sure you sniff the bags before you put them in the water ... I told Hubby "hmmm, I might have to start drinking this stuff all the time!" it smelled so good!

Allow to steep 15 minutes or so. Remove the bags. DON'T SQUEEZE THE BAGS!

Pour in a large pitcher and add the lemonade, stir and let chill in the fridge for 2 hours or so.

Soooo ... not my 'ideal' choice for lemonade but it worked

Taste, and add more sugar (simple syrup) if too tart.  Serve up over a tall glass of ice and enjoy!  *This will make about 4 to 5 servings* You think I would have gotten a picture of the glass, don't you? We were poolside that first day and well, I'm just not a fan of cameras and iPhones by the pool for obvious reasons ;-)

Looking forward to sharing with some of these GREAT Parties ... go check them out!

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