This refreshingly delicious Iced Green Tea Lemonade Recipe is incredibly simple with only two ingredients. It’s ready in minutes, easy to prepare ahead of time, and tastes just like Starbucks’ Green Tea Lemonade.
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An iced green tea lemonade is one of my favorite things to order from Starbucks, especially on a hot summer day or when I’m insanely thirsty.
It’s refreshing, effortlessly quenches my thirst, and provides a nice, little energy boost.
To save money and time, I taught myself how to make copycat Starbucks recipes (like this one) and other coffee shop favorites at home.
I’m going to keep sharing them, so you can save money and time too. Especially with how expensive Starbucks is becoming. 🤯
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Starbucks Green Tea Lemonade Recipe
It’s incredibly easy to make this homemade recipe taste like the Starbucks version with minimal ingredients and little effort.
Starbucks Green Tea Lemonade uses a green tea concentrate that has notes of mint, lemongrass, and lemon verbena.
Because this is ultimately a Starbucks copycat recipe, I recommend using Tazo Zen Green Tea, which according to Tazo.com, is a “rejuvenating green tea blend infused with crisp notes of spearmint, lemongrass, and lemon verbena”. Just what we need!
Another option is Teavana Jade Citrus Mint, Green Tea with Spearmint and Lemongrass.
To make a green tea concentrate, we simply need to use two green tea bags with every cup of hot water.
If you use a regular green tea (not one with spearmint, lemon grass, or lemon verbena), it’s still best to make a green tea concentrate with the tea bags for maximum flavor.
I also recommend using filtered water to brew your tea concentrate. Sometimes, tap water can taste funky and take away from the perfect drink.
Starbucks Green Tea Lemonade is also made with a lemonade concentrate.
This copycat recipe doesn’t go that far though. It simply calls for store-bought lemonade.
If you have a healthy, homemade lemonade recipe, you can definitely use that instead of a pre-made lemonade from the grocery store.
Making your own homemade lemonade helps to control the amount of calories and sugar in your drink.
Most grocery stores also have "light lemonade" options with less calories and sugar.
Starbucks Green Tea Lemonade usually includes simple syrup or liquid cane sugar.
But, you won’t see that in the recipe card below because this homemade recipe does not need that much sugar.
The sweetness in this refreshing drink comes from the store-bought lemonade. No need to add any more.
How to Make Green Tea Lemonade
The very first thing to do is heat the water. I like to use an electric kettle or a keurig. This can also be done on a stove top.
Try not to boil the water though. This can make green tea taste bitter.
If the water boils, remove it from heat and allow it to cool for about five minutes before using.
Make the green tea concentrate by pouring 1 cup of hot water over 2 green tea bags in a mug or heat-resistant glass.
Seep the green tea bags for 2-3 minutes then remove them.
Allow the green tea concentrate to cool for a couple minutes.
Pour the pre-made lemonade into the green tea concentrate.
Add ice cubes and stir.
If you used a cocktail shaker, pour the iced green tea lemonade into a drinking glass to enjoy.
If you used a mason jar, you can drink right out of the jar. I do!
Make a Pitcher
I like to prepare a large pitcher of green tea concentrate to have in the fridge.
This green tea concentrate is also used to make this Starbucks’ Peach Green Tea Lemonade recipe.
Having a pitcher of it in the fridge allows me to easily switch between the different recipes AND make the drinks even faster. Which is great in the morning or whenever I'm super busy.
To make a pitcher of green tea concentrate, simply use 2 tea bags for every cup of water.
For example, heat 5 cups of water in a pot on the stove to about 175 degrees F.
Try not to boil it. Boiling water can make green tea taste bitter.
If the water does boil, just remove it from heat and allow it to cool for about five minutes.
Once the 5 cups of water are ready (hot, not boiling), remove from heat and add 10 green tea bags.
Allow to seep for a few minutes. Then remove the tea bags.
Let the green tea concentrate cool then transfer to a pitcher. Store in the fridge.
If you would like to prepare the entire green tea lemonade ahead of time, you can add the store-bought lemonade to the pitcher before storing.
If you made 5 cups of green tea concentrate, add 2 1/2 cups of lemonade to your pitcher.
Do not add ice cubes to the pitcher. They will melt in the fridge and water down this delicious beverage.
It’s best to add the ice to your drinking glass right before pouring the iced tea into it to enjoy.
How many calories are in green tea lemonade?
The amount of calories will vary based on the lemonade that you choose to use.
I like to use Simply Lemonade.
With Simply Lemonade, this iced green tea lemonade, as written in the recipe card below, has 60 calories and 14 grams of sugar.
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How to Make Green Tea Lemonade
- 1 cup Filtered Water hot
- 2 Green Tea Bags with Spearmint, Lemongrass, and Lemon Verbena
- 1/2 cup Lemonade store-bought
- Ice Cubes as many as you want
- To make green tea concentrate, place 2 green tea bags in 1 cup of hot water. This can be done in a heat-resistant mug, glass, or pot.
- Seep for 2-3 minutes.
- Remove tea bags and allow the concentrate to cool for a few minutes.
- Transfer the green tea concentrate to a drinking glass, if it’s not there already.
- Pour lemonade into the green tea concentrate.
- Add ice cubes.
- Stir & Enjoy!*