The popularity of Starbucks may have started with coffee however that doesn’t mean their other beverages aren’t amazing! Case in point: one of my favorites, the Starbucks Shaken Iced Tea Lemonade, is the perfect refreshing drink on a hot day. Bonus: I’m indecisive, so it solves my problem about whether to get iced tea OR lemonade. That Arnold Palmer guy knew what he was doing! My friend Colleen from Souffle Bombay
helped me whip up a copycat version of the Starbucks drink so I can enjoy it at home (and save a few pennies in the process to spend on other summer endeavors!)
Starbucks uses Teavana Black Tea Bags for their in-store version. You can choose to use them or simply use your favorite black tea bag (caffeinated or not). These black tea bags make an entire pitcher of iced tea if you’re making up a large batch.
DO you have to shake it when you make it?? Nope…But it does seem to add a little something special if you do. I mean, shaken not stirred is a thing for a reason. I gotta admit, the kids love it too.
The key to making your own Copycat Starbucks Shaken Iced Tea Lemonade is adding a little extra sweetness. Sure the lemonade is sweetened, but its sweetened for perfect lemonade…right? Adding plain iced tea dilutes it. To remedy, make your own Simple Sugar which literally takes 3 minutes.
Here’s the recipe for the Copycat Starbucks Shaken Iced Tea Lemonade (Arnold Palmer), with the component recipes listed afterwards. You can use store bought ingredients for all three things (yup, they do sell simple syrup in the store!), or go the extra mile for that delicious homemade taste and make it all totally from scratch. Or, channel your inner Sandra Lee and make it semi-homemade by making one or two parts at home and buying the rest at the store.
Copycat Starbucks Shaken Iced Tea Lemonade Recipe
8 oz Fresh Brewed Iced Tea (see below for how to perfectly brew iced tea)
8 oz Fresh Squeezed Lemonade (see below for a lemonade recipe)
1 oz Simple Syrup (see below for how to make a simple syrup in 3 minutes flat)
Combine iced tea and lemonade in a large cocktail shaker filled with a handful of ice. Add in 1 oz of simple syrup. Shake it vigorously. Pour into an ice filled cup. Taste and adjust for your preference for sweetness and enjoy!
To make Perfect Fresh Brewed Iced Tea: boil 8 cups of water. Add 6 black teabags and allow it to steep for 30 minutes. Discard teabags and refrigerate until using.
To make delicious Fresh Squeezed Lemonade: Make simple syrup by heating 1 cup water and 1 cup sugar until melted. Allow it to cool. Add it to 1/2 gallon of cold water, add in 1 cup of fresh squeezed lemon juice, stir…taste & adjust for your sweetness preference. Chill until ready to use or drink.
How to make Simple Syrup: Combine equal parts sugar and water in a small pot, heat until sugar is just melted, stir, allow to cool and store in a mason jar in your refrigerator until ready to use. It is such a great alternative to adding sugar granules to drinks and stirring and stirring until they hopefully all break down aaaand we all know how that goes!
Who is ready for LEMONADE season? Hands in the air, wave them like you just don’t… want to pay full price at Starbucks. 😉