Did you know that you can make your own iced green tea at home and it tastes just like Starbucks? We cannot deny that Starbucks’ Iced green tea is delightful, but it costs up to $3. You might have been wondering if there was an alternative to save up your money, and we are here to show you how you can make one at home.
For Iced Green Tea
- 7 – 8 bags of Tazo Zen Green Tea or Teavana Jade Citrus Mint Tea
- 2 quarts of water
- Simple syrup
For Making Your Own Simple Syrup
- 1 cup of sugar
- 1 cup of water
- A pitcher or a jug
- A saucepan or a pot
- A stove
- A spoon
Tazo Zen Green Tea or Teavana Jade Citrus Mint Tea?
Starbucks used to go for Tazo Zen Green Tea for iced green tea base ingredient, but now they’ve changed to Teavana Jade Citrus Mint Tea. If you cannot find these, you can use your favorite tea (or any green tea you can find actually). However, if you want to get the closest possible to the real thing, then you know what you have to do.
Where Can I Buy Them?
You can buy the Tazo ZenGreen Tea at Starbucks, grocery store, or on Amazon for less than $7 a box. For the Teavana Jade Citrus Mint Tea, you can also get it from Amazon for $12. It is really up to you if you like the new or the old version of Starbucks green tea.
Notice of How to Make Starbucks’ Iced Green Tea
Boil the Tazo Zen Green Tea or Teavana Jade Citrus Mint Tea
First, you need to boil 2 quarts of water until it simmers. Then, put the tea bags in the water. You can either use the Tazo Zen or the Teavana Mint Tea. Cover and leave it for 15 minutes.
Turn off Your Stove
Once it’s been boiling for 15 minutes, you will need to turn off the stove and rest it in the cooler area.
Remove the Tea Bags
When the water is cool, remove your tea bags from a saucepan with a spoon and put them away. Make sure you do not squeeze the tea bags while removing them, since it will leave tiny tea bits and make the tea taste bitter.
Put It in a Container
Next, pour your green tea water into a pitcher, and do not forget to use a filter to get rid of the small bits from the tea bags.
Let it Sit in the Fridge
After you fill the water in the pitcher, leave your green tea in the refrigerator for a couple of hours to let it sit for a while.
Make Your Green Tea
Pour your green tea in a glass about half full. Fill the glass with ice and water. Lastly, add as much simple syrup as you want. Mix it well together, and there you have it, your perfect iced green tea! If you do not like sweets, you do not need to put any syrup in your green tea.
How to Make Simple Syrup Yourself
- Add 1 cup of water and 1 cup of sugar into a different saucepan.
- Stir and bring it to a boil until the sugar is completely dissolved in the water.
- Once it thickens, you can store it in a container and put it in the fridge.
Some Tips for Your Green Tea
You can change your simple syrup to organic honey which will add more flavor and smell to your green tea. It is also recommended to add a slice of lemon for extra flavor. This will make your drink taste more refreshing and interesting as lemon compliments the green tea nicely, so you will not get bored of the same taste every day.
Benefits of Green Tea
Drinking green tea helps you lose weight. This is because green tea helps increase fat burning and boosts metabolic rate.
Helps Your Brain
Green tea also helps your brain function more effectively since it contains less caffeine than coffee, it gives you a milder buzz than coffee.
Green tea prevents the risk of getting cancers due to its powerful antioxidants, and it also protects your brain from aging. This is because the bioactive compounds in green tea have various positive effects on your brain, like reducing the risk of dementia.
Reduces Bad Breath
The catechins found in green tea stop the bacteria in your mouth. Thus, it can protect you from having bad breath.
Making your own green tea not only will save you lots of money, but you will have fun finding the right flavor. Buying one box of green tea can last you about 2-3 weeks under $7. Making it yourself can help you save up to $40 if you drink it every day from Starbucks. It is time you make your own special green tea, and we hope this article will be helpful to you.