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Passion Tea “Lemonade” Soda

I make no secret of the fact that summer and I don’t really get along. I’m happiest when I can wear sweaters and hats while sipping hot drinks and enjoying a good book. But unless I’m willing to shell out mega bucks for an extended trip to the southern hemisphere to enjoy their winter, I’ll have to bide my time until the colder months come back around.

One way I’ve found to make the summer heat more bearable is to always have a stash of cold beverages to hand. Unfortunately, that can add up to a lot of extra sugar unless I’m careful. So I thought I would share my latest drinkable obsession: Passion Tea “Lemonade” Soda! It’s inspired by one of my faves from Starbucks, but has no sugar and no calories, so I don’t feel guilty about indulging as often as I like.

Here’s what you need to make two 12 ounce servings:
one 12 oz can La Croix lemon sparkling water
two bags Tazo Passion tea
two pint size mason jars with lids

Pour 6 ounces of boiling water onto each tea bag. If you pour directly into the jars (they are handily marked with ounce lines on the side!), be sure to pre-heat them so they won’t shatter from the temperature shock. Allow the tea to steep for the required amount of time (5 minutes). After removing the tea bags, I typically let the tea cool for about an hour, but if you’re impatient and want your delicious drink right away, you might consider brewing up stronger tea to counteract the extra ice you’ll need to add to cool it down.

After your tea is sufficiently cool to room temp or colder, pour half a can (6 ounces) of La Croix lemon sparkling water into each jar. Those markings on the jar come in handy again!

You can either pop some ice cubes and a straw in right away for immediate sipping, or put lids on the jars to keep the soda fizzy in the fridge for up to a day. It might keep longer than that, but it doesn’t last that long around here so I can’t be sure ;) Another option would be to make a batch of tea concentrate and mix the soda in when you’re ready to drink it.

If you’re not a fan of La Croix/unsweetened sparkling water, you could always substitute regular lemonade. I’m also curious to see what other combinations of La Croix and tea would work. I’ll be experimenting in my kitchen to make a variety of refreshing summer drinks for sure!

I hope you were inspired to mix up some delicious drinks to beat the heat this summer :)