Green Tea Lemonade – Starbucks Inspired

I had a request today to come up with a recipe for some green tea lemonade. This recipe is inspired by the green tea lemonade sold at your local Starbucks.  It’s such a fun iced drink with just a right bit of kick to it to get you through your hot summer day.

Please note that I said inspired. I don’t consider this a complete copy cat recipe but encourage you to give it a try.

This was surprisingly easy to make and turned out quite tasty. I’m giving you several options for sweetening your new favorite drink. I used local honey in mine, but feel free to substitute to your liking and sweeten to taste. My drink was only very slightly sweet… just enough to take the edge of the lemon juice.

Green Tea Lemonade – Starbucks Inspired
  • 1 tbsp of honey or 1 packet of stevia or 1 tbsp of sugar
  • 1 green tea bag
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • juice from 1 large lemon*
  • 1 cup cold water
  • ice cubes
  1. Pour the honey, sugar or other sweetener of your choice into a mason jar or similar container. Add the tea bag and pour the boiling water into it. Allow the tea to steep for 3 to 5 minutes. Don’t let it go longer than 5 minutes or you’ll end up with a bitter tasting drink. Discard the bag and stir until your sweetener is completely dissolved.
  2. Add a cup of very cold water and the lemon juice to the mixture. This will allow it to cool down considerably. Give it a little taste and add more sweetener if needed.
  3. Pour over lots of ice and enjoy.

You can easily double this recipe and store the resulting tea lemonade concentrate in the fridge for the next day.

* Tip for getting the most juice out of your lemon. Either roll it on the counter for a few minutes, pressing down with the palm of your hand, or stick it in the microwave for 15 seconds.

Looking for a great lemon juicer? This is the one I use.


Try making it with your favorite flavored green tea (like strawberry, pomegranate etc.)

A glass of green tea lemonade

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