Mar
23
2008

Passion Iced Tea, Made At Home

Passion Iced Tea

So my new favorite thing at the moment is this: I throw six of these Tazo teabags in "Passion" flavor into an enormous pitcher, then I add six packets of Splenda. I fill my electric kettle up to the brim, boil it, then pour the water into the pitcher---then I do it all over again until the pitcher is completely full. I stick the whole thing in the fridge, and don't drink it until the next day.

This is the most refreshing drink you can think of. It's crisp and tart and cool, and I don't even bother pouring it over ice (so I guess it's not really iced tea, in this case; more like cold tea.) I make the pitcher on Sunday night and it usually lasts me a whole week.

I've tried it with peppermint tea from Trader Joe's as well, but it wasn't quite as good. When I drink hot tea, I drink the good old English stuff with milk and sugar. When I drink cold tea, I drink this.

(PS: I know you can get this at Starbucks, but why bother when you can make it at home for a whole lot less money? Plus, unless you specifically ask for unsweetened, they often give you the sweetened version at Starbucks, which has sugar or simple syrup in it already. This way, you get to make it how you want it.)

17 Comments

1
maya
Mar 25, 2008

I have the same exact pitcher- GD how I hate it. Does your making a loud popping sound everytime you open the top?

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gina in sc
Mar 25, 2008

i love tazo passion!! makes me feel sexy :)

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superblondgirl
Mar 26, 2008

I'm huge into iced Earl Gray - we drink gallons of it in the summertime. There's something nice about the bergamot all cold and icy and sweet...

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Allison
Mar 26, 2008

SERIOUSLY, you should get some sort of commission from your little BEST!THING!EVER! spotlight o'the week. I just went and bought a tube (or 4) of the LipSlicks and now, now I am going to have to get this tea.. I am a tea junkie and love trying new flavors.. So, as always, thank you for the endless flow of fantastic tips!

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Caroline
Mar 26, 2008

This sounds delicious. One question though- when do you take the tea bags out? Or do you leave them in the jug all week? I'm new to this homemade iced tea business.

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NothingButBonfires
Mar 26, 2008

You know, I still haven't figured that one out. Once I left them in there a few hours and then took them out. Once I left them in overnight and then took them out. And once I just never took them out at all.

That was the worst time, so I wouldn't recommend that. I think after a few hours should be good, but honestly, I have no idea what I'm doing either. Perhaps someone else knows Proper Iced Tea Making Etiquette! I'm sure the Southerners do.......

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Kerri Anne
Mar 26, 2008

I have never tried it iced. It's sounding awesome, though.

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Rebecca Faulkner
Mar 27, 2008

This sounds divine. The only substitution I would make is Stevia for Splenda. Stevia's also calorie-free but it's plant based. I used to use Splenda but my nutritionist pal broke me of the habit.

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Allie
Mar 30, 2008

Okay, as a Texan by birth, and having learned to make iced tea at the tender age of six years, I simply must chime in here.

The proper *cough* way of making Texas sweet tea is as follows:

Boil a kettle/pot of water, about enough to fill a medium-ish saucepan.

Add six Lipton tea bags (or, to be blasphemous, your choice of tea...mmm, I do love Tazo Passion).

Brew for ~5-10 minutes, depending on how strong you'd like the tea to be. I usually leave the bags in until my husband reminds me that they're "still there, and were you going to do anything about them?"

While brewing the tea, pour the appropriate amount of sugar (or sweetener...again with the blasphemy!) into a pitcher. I use about a cup of sugar in a rather large pitcher.

Pour the still-hot, super-strong tea over the sugar, stirring until it dissolves completely. (Here is where my younger brother always tosses in an extra half-cup of sugar.)

Keeping the teabags in the pot, refill it with cold water and swish the bags around a bit, to get the last of the flavor. Pour this water into the pitcher as well.

Fill the rest of the pitcher with ice and cold water. Serve with lemon.

(I can feel people around the country cringing at the amount of sugar I’ve just described, but remember, this is a recipe for “sweet” tea!)

Cheers!

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Andi
Mar 31, 2008

Here's how we "southerners" make sweet tea...

Add your preferred amount of sugar/splenda to a saucepan of water. Bring to a boil.

Once it starts boiling turn off the burner and add your teabags.

Leave it for an hour.

Toss the teabags and pour it into your pitcher and fill it the rest of the way up with cold water.

btw - our favorite is to make plain sweet tea and then add a splash of Highlands Cranberry Pomegranate juice.

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cartoongoddess
Mar 31, 2008

I have the exact same container, but it's been quite a while since I used it for a beverage. Right now it's in my fridge, full of self-raising flour.

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Kirsten
Apr 02, 2008

As a transplanted Texan, I also must chime in on the whole tea thing. I prefer to make my plain Lipton ice tea as the above poster does. Then I make Minutemaid Lemonade from concentrate. Then I mix them together at a ration of 1:1. It is the only thing that gets me through the Houston summers.

You must all try this once in your life. I can drink a gallon of this by myself in one sitting. It gets that hot!

P.S. You can also mix the ice tea with lemonade from Chick-Fil-A, which is just ridiculously good.

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TheRightWife
Apr 02, 2008

I was immediately fixated on obtaining some of this Tazo Passion tea. I was quite disappointed when my local TJ's did not carry Tazo brand tea. My Fry's Marketplace happened to carry Tazo brand, but did not carry Passion flavor. I did some searching online, and at $5.99 for 4 packets of tea, I thought I might choose another passion tea. I ended up spending way too much on a 24 pack (makes 18 gallons) of China Mist Passion Tea. I can't wait!!

14
NothingButBonfires
Apr 04, 2008

Hmm, I just buy it at Target!

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brandi
Apr 08, 2008

Being from Texas, I make my sweet tea like Allie does. But lately I've been using half regular Lipton tea bags and half green tea bags (with various flavors, right now it's orange and passionfruit). It is really good... lighter than regular sweet tea, with just a touch of fruitiness. I love it.

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Bethiclaus
Apr 10, 2008

I don't do sweetened tea, but the Passion is really tart all by itself, so we use four bags of Passion and two of Wild Sweet Orange (also by Tazo). It is so delicious and I fully recommend you try it.
My husband manages a Starbucks and I still prefer to make my iced tea at home. There's just something about pouring your own cold tea. Love.

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becky
Apr 11, 2008

i love that tea. never thought about making it iced. will have to try it!