This Berry Sangria Iced Tea is a take on the Starbucks drink. Herbal iced tea mixed with a berry orange syrup, apple juice and blackberries. So refreshing for a hot summer day.
Alright, so to be honest I don’t really go to Starbucks that often anymore. I just have found that I can make some pretty great coffee at home – like my lavender latte, my autumn spice latte, or just some french press with homemade vanilla syrup. But recently I read that Starbucks was offering a limited edition summer drink called Berry Sangria Iced Tea. I was instantly intrigued. There is something about a cold iced tea on a hot summer day that can’t be matched.
This isn’t actually sangria in that it doesn’t have any wine in it – nope no booze here, so you can drink it while you are running errands in your hot car. One day I was walking home from the grocery store, which just so happens to share a parking lot with a Starbucks. The hot sun was beating down on me, my grocery bag was heavy, and I just couldn’t resist that siren song of the mermaid. I ducked into the cool, air-conditioned coffee shop and ordered myself a Berry Sangria Iced Tea. “That will be $4.85” said the barista. Wowsa, iced tea has gotten expensive. I forked over the cash without shaking my fist or yelling “In my day, iced tea was $1.95!!” Which is what I wanted to do, but I refrained. Instead I quietly waited for my Venti Berry Sangria Iced Tea and then sipped it on my way home. I have to admit, it is refreshing.
Over the next week I went to Starbucks two more times to get my fix. I couldn’t resist! But to avoid going into debt over my Starbucks habit, I decided to attempt to make a version at home. I came up with a pretty close approximation that is so refreshing you will want to make a whole pitcher. I used Tazo Passion Iced Tea for this, which is the brand that Starbucks used for years. I know that Starbucks switched over to Teavana in the last few years, but Tazo is very easy to find at the grocery store, and I’m pretty sure they taste exactly the same. I found that cold brewing the iced tea gives it the smoothest flavor, but it does require planning ahead since cold brewing takes time. You can always use a quicker method to make the iced tea if you are in a hurry.
Blackberries are in season right now, so they are perfect for this Berry Sangria Iced Tea. You could also use raspberries if you have them. The nice thing about making this at home is you can control how sweet you make the tea just by adding more or less syrup. How are you staying cool this summer?
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- 4 bags of Passion Herbal Tea (I used Tazo)
- 32 ounces cold water
- 1 cup blackberries
- 1 cup fresh orange juice
- ½ cup sugar
- ½ cup passion iced tea
- ½ cup apple juice
- 1 ounce berry orange syrup
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- blackberries for garnish
- orange slices cut into quarters for garnish
- Cold Brew Method: Combine tea bags and water in a pitcher and allow to steep in fridge for 6-8 hours or overnight.
- Traditional Method: Pour boiling water over tea bags and allow to steep for five minutes. Remove tea bags and allow tea to cool.
- *(Makes 4 cups of tea. To make more or less just use 8 ounces of water to one tea bag)
- Combine orange juice, blackberries and sugar in a sauce pan over medium heat. Stir often to make sure sugar fully dissolves. When sugar has dissolved, reduce heat to as low as it will go and allow to simmer for 20 minutes. Remove from heat and strain to remove berries.
- Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add ½ cup of Passion iced tea, ½ cup of apple juice, 1 ounce of blackberry syrup, 1 teaspoon of lemon juice, a few blackberries and orange slices. Shake to combine, then pour everything (including ice) into a large glass and enjoy!
Inspired by Starbucks