OK, so I have a huge weakness for Starbucks! It’s a habit I picked up when we lived in NY and I had a much larger disposable income. Now that I’m no longer in that same situation (thankfully), I have a more limited budget, which can’t really support my twice-a-day Venti Black Tea Lemonade Light Ice No Sugar addiction. I have cut back to once in a while recently due to distance to the closest Starbucks and budgetary constraints. But, I’ve been supplementing with watered down cranberry juice and that’s just not cutting it anymore. Which meant I was on the hunt for a suitable substitution! Where did I go to find this alternative beverage? Why Pinterest, of course! Did I find what I was looking for? Absolutely!
I was completely psyched! It wasn’t a hard recipe to follow, it is actually much less expensive, and it really does taste like the real deal! First I gathered my supplies: 3 tea bags (I used Red Rose, because it is a nice Orange Pekoe Black Tea Blend), 10 cups of water (I used filtered, because tap water in Ohio is just gross), 1/2 cup of sugar (next time I’m leaving this out), and 1 can frozen lemonade.
Once I had everything ready to go, I poured 5 cups of water into a large saucepan and set it to boil. Once it was boiling I took it off the heat and added the 1/2 cup of sugar and stirred it so that it would dissolve completely.
While the water was boiling, I put the frozen lemonade into a pitcher and added the remaining 5 cups of water. Stirring to combine everything nicely.
Once the sugar was dissolved, I added the 3 tea bags and set the pot aside so they could steep for 3 minutes.
Once the tea was brewed, I took the pot and combined it with the lemonade in the pitcher.
Then I stuck the pitcher in the fridge to let it cool down. About an hour later I poured myself a nice refreshing glass.
While I will always love Starbucks, my bank account is very relieved that this recipe is such a close match! Next time I’m going to leave out the sugar, because that’s how I order it at the store, and see how it turns out. I wonder what else I can duplicate at home to cut some costs until my finances recover from home ownership??? Any suggestions?