Since summer is here and I’m feeling extremely grateful for a working air conditioner, I thought I’d post something more on the refreshing side–something that’ll help you keep the sweat at bay. Say hello to PASSION TEA LEMONADE! This drink may sound and look familiar to you. The glowing pink hue might be a dead giveaway. Yeah, you might have seen it at Starbucks since it’s basically a knock off of Starbuck’s Passion Tea Lemonade, minus the syrups and high price.
No offense to Starbucks, of course. I love swinging by and treating myself with an ice cold cup of their lemonade, coffees, or teas. Starbucks is convenient. You order, someone else makes you your drink. What’s not to love? The only problem is that the cost of their beverages adds up on my credit card, and at the end of the month I end up kicking myself for not having saved an extra hundred dollars because I’d spent it all at Starbucks instead. If you’re willing to take a few minutes out of your day to whip up a pitcher of this healthier version of the Passion Tea Lemonade, I assure you that it’ll be worth it.
- 2 of Tazo’s Passion Tea bags
- 5 cups hot water
- 3 cups lemonade (Look for one with a lower sugar content and that’ll expire quite soon after opening–it’ll just mean that it’s fresher and has fewer preservatives)
- Optional: raspberries (let them just soak in the pitcher)
- Fill a pitcher with 5 cups of hot water. Use a rubber band to hold the tea bags up and steep the tea for 15-20 minutes (refer to the image above). Remove the tea bags, let it cool, add the 3 cups of lemonade, and then refrigerate. Pour into glasses with or without ice and enjoy!
Didn’t I tell you that it’d be simple? This drink is caffeine free; therefore, it’s safe to serve to your children. Since the lemonade is mixed in with the tea, the sugar content is lower than plain old lemonade.
The tea contains tart rose hips, lemongrass, and hibiscus flowers, all of which provide us with some health benefits. Hibiscus has the ability to lower blood pressure. Rose hips are a good source of Vitamin C, which is important for repairing and maintaining your skin, bones, and teeth. Rose hips also contain antioxidants, which may help with fighting certain types of cancers. The lemongrass mostly adds to the flavor of the tea and can provide you with a little bit more Vitamin A.
Although water is generally my go to source for hydration, this is a fun way to stay cool and hydrated during the summer. Just drink one glass a day. I wouldn’t drink too much of it because there is sugar in it and you want to give yourself some sugary wiggle room. Remember, men should only have about 37 grams of added sugar a day and women should only have 25 grams of added sugar.
I hope everyone’s summer is going well. This morning I went on a leisurely 20 mile bike ride with a few friends. I’m doing my best to stay healthy and active, and am hopefully helping you do the same too!
My new post days will be Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. It’ll make it more possible for me to have at least a day in between post days to come up with something worthwhile to post and to take more quality photos. Have a great Tuesday everyone and make sure to get some movement into your day!