Saucy has quite the fixation on the Passion Tea Lemonade served over ice at Starbucks. She's almost obsessed with it over the summer months and she gets a little agitated when the baristas serve it over so much ice that she only gets two sips of drink in her grande cup.
She decided to take matters into her own hands and make the beverage for herself. She did a little search on Google and she gently probed Roxy, who secured a job there recently and wouldn't spill her trade secrets, but yes, she did confirm that syrup would be required.
Saucy thought as much... syrup. Simple syrup. You can purchase Starbucks Classic syrup at your local outlet, or you can make it yourself.
Simple syrup is truly that, simple. It is one part water to one part granulated sugar. You can make it in small batches and keep it in your refrigerator all summer long to sweeten tea or lemonade. It has a pretty decent shelf life if stored in a tightly closed bottle in the fridge.
See? Just bring the sugar and water to a rolling boil for thirty seconds and remove from heat. Don't overcook it or your syrup will quickly turn into candy.
Brew a double-strength batch of Starbucks Tazo Passion tea. You can buy the tea at Starbucks but it's also pretty readily available at most grocery stores. Saucy used two tea bags in one litre of water. She let it sit out on the counter and steep until it was as strong as it could be, then she poured it - with the teabags - into a plastic juice jug to store in the fridge.
To assemble your beverage you'll need plenty of ice, a martini shaker, a pitcher of prepared lemonade (not concentrate, pink or regular are both fine), the cooled simple syrup and, if you have any, some raspberry syrup. You don't absolutely need it, but it adds a little extra kick.
Saucy keeps all of her ingredients (except the raspberry syrup) in the fridge so they're ready to go when she gets her thirst on.
Put some ice in your shaker and pour in equal parts lemonade, strong tea and simple syrup over the ice. Shake, shake, shake it, baby! If you like your drink on the sweet side or you like the extra kick, add a shot of the raspberry syrup before shaking.
Ten good shakes should do it... like shaking a martini. Pour into a tall glass over ice.