Craving a refreshing Starbucks iced peach green tea lemonade? Skip the long drive thru lines and save money by making your own delicious copycat lemonade recipe at home! Made with green tea for that extra energy zing from caffeine, this easy recipe requires just 3-ingredients and some ice cubes from your freezer.
Starbucks Iced Peach Green Tea Lemonade
Iced green tea is a great way to stay hydrated during the summer. It’s also an easy way to stay energized when juggling a busy work and home life. On the other hand, lemonade is a traditionally popular drink enjoyed when the weather heats up. It’s a tasty choice when you need to cool off and replenish those lost fluids. So, why not combine the two? This Starbucks inspired recipe for iced peach green tea lemonade does just that!
Whether you’re trying to save money by cooking more at home or simply want to save time, this recipe is the perfect solution! It’s made with just three ingredients: peach juice, green tea and lemonade. Either mixed or shaken til frothy, this amazing summer tea is a delight when served over ice. You can even double or triple the recipe to keep an entire pitcher on hand for thirsty kids or unexpected guests.
You and you family will love the taste of these amazing blended summer flavors! While this golden yellow-orange colored drink may sound intimidating, the flavors don’t clash. Rather, they meld beautifully together in a surprising way. I appreciate that this blend isn’t overly sweet. It’s also not acidic like some teas. If you find the peach flavor lacking in the store bought Starbucks version, you can bump up the fruit essence in this drink by using real peach juice when you make it at home. Or add a touch of simple syrup for extra sweetness.
Is the iced peach green tea lemonade sweetened?
This delicious iced peach green tea lemonade is sweetened. While no additional sugar is added to this Starbucks copycat recipe, peach juice contains natural sugar. In addition, the lemonade also contains a sweetener. Typically refined sugar is used to sweeten lemonade. However, if you are looking for a lower sugar option, you can make the lemonade to use for this recipe with a sugar alternative such as stevia or monk fruit. Alternately, you can also buy a zero sugar lemonade to use.
Does this iced green tea lemonade contain caffeine?
As this Starbucks peach green tea lemonade recipe is made with green tea, it does contain caffeine. However, green tea is lower in caffeine than black tea as well as coffee. Black tea generally contains 60 mg to 75 mg of caffeine per 8 oz. serving with coffee containing 125 mg to 150 mg. Green tea, on the other hand, contains just 15 mg to 30 mg of caffeine.
However, there is a difference between regular green tea and matcha green tea. If you prefer extra caffeine for an energy boost, matcha tea is the way to go as it contains 60 mg to 80 mg of this natural stimulant.
What lemonade does Starbucks use?
Starbucks uses a combination of lemon juice, lemonade concentrate with water, sugar and lemon oil to create the lemonade used to make their iced peach green tea lemonade. If you’d like to make a similar tasting drink to the Starbucks version, then opt for lemonade made by either Minute Maid or Simply Lemonade.
Substitutions and Tips
It’s not uncommon to want to modify a recipe to your liking. If you’d like to make adjustments to this recipe so it’s suits your tastes, here are some easy guidelines to follow for making substitutions:
- This recipe calls for 1/3 Cup of lemonade and peach juice. However, if you prefer these flavors to be stronger in this iced green tea, then you may increase the amount to 1/2 Cup each of these two ingredients.
- My iced green tea recipe calls for using one bag of green tea to make the tea for this recipe. However, you traditionally use one teabag, or one teaspoon of tea, per 6 oz. of boiling water. I used less tea for a lower caffeine content and to mellow out the earthy flavor of the tea. If you enjoy a richer green tea flavor or prefer more caffeine in this drink, use two teabags rather than one.
- For an iced tea lemonade with more caffeine, brew one cup of matcha tea in place of regular green tea. Matcha tea contains double or more the caffeine of regular green tea.
- If you aren’t a fan of green tea, I get it. Green tea can be an acquired taste depending on your palette. That doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy this summer treat however. Simply substitute the green tea with black tea in the recipe.
- You can easily sweeten this magical lemonade recipe by adding a bit of simple syrup to the mix. Alternately, you can also mix granulated white sugar into the green tea while it’s still hot.
- If you have extra peaches on hand or they’re relatively cheap in your area, I highly recommend making your own homemade peach juice from fresh peaches if you want to bump up the taste of the fruit.
- Use your own homemade lemonade for this drink in place of store bought for a super authentic lemonade flavor.
- Mix the ingredients for this iced green tea lemonade together in a mason jar to an extra frothy drink that’s more similar to the original.
- You can double this recipe as needed to make additional servings at one time. Or, make a pitcher for those summer parties or outdoor BBQ’s.
- If time is an issue, brew the green tea the night before then chill overnight to make this lemonade recipe the following day. Alternately, you can also cold brew the green tea.
Iced Peach Green Tea Lemonade Recipe Ingredients
This Starbucks copycat recipe requires just 3-ingredients to make if you don’t include the ice cubes. There are lots of different variations of these ingredients that you can buy to make this refreshing summer lemonade. Each one gives this drink a slightly different flavor composition. Therefore, for the best taste, I recommend using higher quality ingredients. However, if you need to save money, you can buy less expensive brands and still make an amazing treat to enjoy on hot summer day.
These are the ingredients you will need to make your own Starbucks ice peach green tea lemonade recipe at home:
- Peach Juice: Starbucks uses peach flavored juice to make their iced peach green tea lemonade. Their juice is basically white grape juice concentrate with added natural flavors. For an authentic peach flavor, I recommend that you use 100% real peach juice such as Pomona peach juice. This fruit juice is made from cold pressed peaches and contains no added sugar, preservatives or artificial flavors. Ceres is another good alternative. However, if you prefer a sweeter drink, or are on a budget, you may use the Simply Peach brand. This juice, while made with real peach juice and peach puree, also contains water, sugar and lemon in addition to added natural flavoring.
- Green Tea: To make this drink recipe similar to the Starbucks version, you should use Teavana Jade Citrus Mint green tea. This is the same type of green tea they use. However, you can also try it with your favorite brand of green tea if you prefer. Adiago Teas sells some amazing green tea blends that would work well for this application. I’ve been a fan of theirs for over a decade and I’m always impressed with their quality. Alternately, Mountain Rose Herbs also sells an amazing selection of quality green teas. If you enjoy the rich earthiness of green tea, use two tea bags to make this green tea lemonade. Otherwise, you can simply use a single tea bag for a less bold, green tea flavor.
- Lemonade: You can’t have a lemonade drink without the lemonade! For this recipe, I recommend that you use a high quality lemonade for the best taste. I like Simply Lemonade, however you can also use homemade lemonade if you like.
- Ice Cubes: Ice is optional. However, it’s a great way to keep this drink cold once it’s been made. You can add ice to this summertime drink once the tea has been chilled and the ingredients are mixed to keep it cold. Or shake the hot tea, peach juice and lemonade in this lemonade drink in a mason jar with ice to chill it faster and give it a frothy appearance.
How to Make Starbucks Peach Green Tea Lemonade
Discover how to make Starbucks peach green tea lemonade at home for a refreshing summer drink to keep you hydrated and quench your thirst with an explosion of seasonal summer flavors. Here is how to make Starbucks peach green tea lemonade:
1. Brew one to two green tea bags (or one to two teaspoons of loose leaf tea,) depending on desired strength in 6-8 oz. of water. (The cold iced tea recipe calls for one tea bag in 8 oz. of water. However, this may be adjusted depending on how much you’d like the flavors from the green tea to shine through.)
2. Once the green tea has steeped, remove the tea bag. Then set the tea in either the fridge or freezer to chill.
3. After the tea has cooled, combine it with the peach juice and lemonade in a large mason jar.
4. Add several cubes of ice to the jar, then screw on the lid. Shake the ingredients to combine.
5. Pour the iced peach green tea lemonade into a large 16 oz. glass for a single serving. Or into two 8 oz. glasses for two servings. Enjoy.
- 1 cup green tea, chilled
- 1/3 cup peach juice
- 1/3 cup cold lemonade
- 1 handful of ice cubes
Brew one green tea bag in 8 oz. of water, then remove the tea bag. Chill in the refrigerator up to two hours. Or place in the freezer for quicker cooling times.
After the tea has cooled, combine it with the peach juice and lemonade in a large mason jar.
Add several cubes of ice to the jar, then screw on the lid. Shake the ingredients to combine.
Pour the iced peach green tea lemonade into a large 16 oz. glass for a single serving. Or into two 8 oz. glasses for two 6 oz. servings. Enjoy.
Serving Size:6 oz. serving
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 40Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 7mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 0gSugar: 9gProtein: 0g
How to Store Iced Tea
You can store any leftovers from this lemonade recipe in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days. Keeping this drink past this may result in fermentation due to the sugar and fruit juice.
Love this summer recipe for making a refreshing iced green tea lemonade? Be sure to also try my green tea bombs with edible flowers for a creative way to enjoy this delicious beverage. It’s a brilliant summer party idea for special occasions or an outdoor brunch!