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How to Make Your Own Passion Tea

Tazo Passion Ice Tea

Passion ice tea from Starbucks -- really from Tazo!

I’m not a big coffee fan, so I don’t visit Starbucks all that often. But there are some Starbucks drinks I enjoy, and one of them is Iced Passion Tea. I love the hot version when it’s colder out, too.

The tea is herbal and mostly made from hibiscus flowers, which means it should have at least some of the blood pressure benefits of regular hibiscus tea.

These days, I only buy Passion tea when I’m traveling and need a quick, tasty drink. When I’m at home, I just make my own passion tea instead. It’s a lot cheaper than going to ‘bucks every day, and healthier, too.

So I thought I’d share with you how to make your own Passion tea, using the same ingredients.

I guarantee it will taste as good as the Starbucks one, and this way you can make it exactly to your taste.

Plus, you can also control the amount of sugar, which is the main drawback to the Starbucks version — a small (or a Tall in Starbucks language) Passion Tea contains only 60 calories, but those calories come from 15 grams of pure sugar. That’s a lot of sugar for an otherwise healthy drink.

Where to Buy Passion Tea Bags

The Passion ice tea isn’t actually produced by Starbucks. They use Tazo tea to make the infusion, and say as much on their website.

This is great, because you can buy the exact same Tazo tea that Starbucks uses, without going into a Starbucks store to pay their overinflated prices. (Yeah, I said it!)

Amazon sells a 6-pack of Tazo Passion tea bags for less than $30 — that’s a great price for 6 packs of 24 passion tea bags each, or a whopping 144 teabags in all.

This amount of tea should last you for months,  even in hot weather, and you’ll get tons and tons of iced tea and brewed tea out of it.

Passion Tea Ingredients

Tazo passion tea packaging

The main ingredient for Tazo passion tea: hibiscus flowers!

What ingredients does Tazo Passion tea have? I checked, because I’m particular about my tea, and I’m happy to say that they are all natural.

No artificial colors, weird chemical fruit flavors or E-numbers whatsoever.

Here’s the skinny, straight from the packaging:

  • Hibiscus flowers
  • Natural tropical flavors
  • Citric acid
  • Licorice root
  • Orange peel
  • Cinnamon
  • Rose hips
  • Lemongrass
  • Fruit juice extract

How to Make Passion Iced Tea

Making your own passion tea couldn’t be simpler. Here’s the recipe:

Hot passion tea recipe

  • Boil water on the stove, or in your hot water dispenser.
  • Use 2 Tazo passion tea bags for 12 oz of water, or 4 tea bags for up to 20 oz of water.
  • Put your tea bags in a tea pot or other container, like a big glass jug.
  • Pour the just-boiled water over the tea bags.
  • Let the tea steep for at least 10 minutes.
  • Add your own choice of sweetener to the tea: honey, sugar, or a no calorie sweetener like Splenda if you prefer.

You now have a strong passion tea, and it should be a beautiful red-pink color. You can drink this tea as is, if you like hot passion tea — or cool it down to make ice tea.

Iced passion tea recipe

  • Make the hot passion tea recipe above.
  • Taste the tea to check the level of sweetness, add more if you prefer a sweeter ice tea.
  • Let the tea cool.
  • Pour over  ice cubes and enjoy!
  • Store in the refrigerator for up to a week.

If you would like a sweeter tea that taste’s more like iced lemonade, you can add a splash of fruit syrup or lemonade syrup to the tea.

A great taste to try is raspberry syrup, which complements the hibiscus flavor and color really well.

Blackberry syrup also makes a fruitier, more lemonade-like tea.


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3 of My Favorite Herbal Tea Mixes

I realize you probably came to this website looking for hibiscus tea, but on the other hand, maybe you’re already a hibiscus tea fan and are looking for some variety, just like me!

I love almost all kinds of tea, especially herbal and flower teas, and I’m always looking for new brands and new tastes to try out.

These are three of my favorite herbal tea mixes. Not all of them are caffeine free, but I have marked each so you won’t buy the wrong thing by mistake. I’ve also added steeping instructions.

1. Davidson’s Earl Grey Tea with Lavender

Davidson’s has the best loose leaf tea bar none, as far as I’m concerned, and their bulk prices are great too.

Davidsons Earl Grey Lavender Tea This Earl Grey loose leaf tea is the classic English black tea infused with bergamot, but what’s special about it is the added lavender flowers. They give the tea a flowery note and a delicious scent. It’s a perfect afternoon tea, and it goes well with high tea, cake or cookies.

How to Steep Earl Grey Lavender Tea:

  • Put a teaspoon of tea into a tea pot or preferably, a tea infuser.
  • Pour 1 pint or more of boiling water over the tea and into the pot.
  • Cover the cup or pot and steep for 5 minutes.
  • Remove tea infuser.

Note: this tea contains caffeine. It’s also a strong black tea; don’t overbrew it and let it get bitter!

Buy Davidson’s Earl Grey Lavender Tea at Amazon

2. Traditional Medicinals Organic Raspberry Leaf Herbal Tea

These tea bags contain 100% organic raspberry leaves. So, technically, this is not a mix, but I love it so much that I wanted to include it.

Traditional Medicinals Organic Raspberry Leaf Tea Raspberry leaf is a special tea that is, I’m not kidding, a godsend to women. I’m not saying men can’t drink it, but they won’t get the benefit of its special properties!

For hundreds of years, women have used raspberry tea to help alleviate menstrual cramps and labor pains and strengthen the uterus. And best of all, it tastes great, not at all medicinal. In fact it reminds me of black tea, even though it’s caffeine free. You could drink this with a bit of honey, but it’s tasty enough to drink plain.

How to Steep Raspberry Leaf Tea:

  • Put the raspberry leaf tea bag in a tea cup or pot.
  • If you’re using a larger tea pot, put two tea bags into the pot.
  • Single tea cup: pour 1 cup of boiling water over the tea bag and into the tea cup.
  • Full tea pot: pour 1 pint of boiling water over the tea bag and into the pot.
  • Cover the cup or pot and steep for 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Gently squeeze tea bag to get the last bits of raspberry goodness out.
  • Remove tea bag.

Note: this tea is caffeine free.

The manufacturer of this tea, Traditional Medicinals, recommends drinking 3 to 4 cups between meals.

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3. Davidson’s Herbal Cranberry Orange Tea

I know, I know, it’s another Davidson’s tea. But they are so good!

Davidson's Cranberry Orange Tea This mix of flowers and fruits is perfect if you want to drink a healthy herbal tea that’s full of Vitamin C. The tea contains organic cranberries, chamomile, rooibos, rosehips, hibiscus and orange peel, with sweet orange essence for extra flavor.

As a fellow enthusiast wrote on Amazon,

“You can feel a touch of sourness of the cranberries and hibiscus flowers, the refreshing taste of the orange peels, and the pleasant taste of the camomile.”

I couldn’t have put it better myself. You can also combine this tea with pure hibiscus tea if you want to make a tea that’s a little fruitier and sweeter than plain hibiscus, but still has all the wonderful health benefits of hibiscus tea.

How to Steep Cranberry Orange Tea:

  • Put a teaspoon of tea into a tea pot or preferably, a tea infuser.
  • Pour 1 pint or more of boiling water over the tea and into the pot.
  • Cover the cup or pot and steep for 5 minutes.
  • Remove tea infuser.

Note: this tea is caffeine free.

Buy Davidson’s Cranberry Orange Tea from Amazon

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My Favorite Flower Teas: Hibiscus, Jasmine, and Chamomile

I’ve always had a fondness for flower teas, even before I discovered that many of them are also good for your health.

Tea made from flowers just smells so good. And it doesn’t contain any caffeine, so you don’t risk getting headaches or insomnia from drinking oceans of tea all day.

My favorites are Hibiscus Tea, Jasmine Tea, and Chamomile Tea. These are great tastes to try, even if you’ve never stepped beyond basic black or green tea. They are refreshing, flowery and delicately delicious, as well as good for you.

Flowering tea

Flowering tea in a glass teapot

Flowering tea in a glass teapot

If you are looking for a more exotic flower tea, or for a special tea to give as a present, I highly recommend flowering teas.

Flowering teas are made from tea leaves and flower leaves that are tied together in a beautiful flower shape. The tea flower opens when hot water is poured on top, and it looks as though the flower is blooming.

This tea is best drunk in a glass teapot, so you can see the tea flower expand.

Hibiscus Tea

Red hibiscus flower, photo by Thomas Tolkien

Pure hibiscus tea is harder to find in stores than most other flower teas; that was actually a big reason for building this site.

I always recommend pure loose leaf hibiscus tea first, because it’s 100% flowers with nothing else added, but there are also some good tea bags to be found.

Jasmine Tea

Jasmine flowers, photo by KpjasI always think Jasmine tea is the princess among teas. Or maybe that’s just because of the Aladdin movie.

All kidding aside, this tea is special. It has a very delicate aroma and taste, and is so fragrant.

It’s usually composed of green tea mixed with jasmine flowers; I’ve never seen pure jasmine flower tea, I imagine that would be very costly.

One thing is very important: don’t use boiling water when you make jasmine tea. That is, you can boil it first, but then just let it cool down a little before you pour it over the tea. Otherwise the tea can turn bitter, and that’s a shame. Jasmine tea should not be bitter at all, just flowery and delicious.

  • Taste: Just like jasmine flowers smell; gentle, flowery, a little bit sweet.
  • Health Benefits: Green tea is an antioxidant, and many people also drink it to help them lose weight.
  • Which Jasmine Tea To Buy: Rishi organic loose leaf jasmine tea is the best we have found. The leaves are very fine, and hand rolled into small ‘pearls’ that unfold as the tea steeps. It looks, smells and tastes beautiful. If you’d prefer tea bags, we advise Davidson’s jasmine flower tea bags.

Chamomile tea

Chamomile flower, photo by lithfinChamomile tea is the only one of these three teas that may be a bit of an acquired taste; I love it, but some of my friends don’t.

Sometimes they like chamomile tea when it’s mixed with something else, rather than by itself. And the funny thing is, the taste and scent aren’t all that strong; a little bit like new-mown hay.

Like hibiscus tea, chamomile tea is composed of 100% flowers. You can pick your own chamomile flowers and dry them, if you’re lucky enough to live in an area where they grow, and voilà, you have chamomile tea. But it’s also an inexpensive tea to buy.

  • Taste: Grassy, a bit like new-mown hay or straw.
  • Health Benefits: Chamomile tea is well-known as a relaxing, soothing tea. Drink it before bedtime if you have trouble sleeping, or any time when you need a moment to calm yourself. It also has other benefits;  some people  swear it lessens menstrual cramps, for example, and chamomile is also said to strenghten the immune system.
  • Which Chamomile Tea To Buy: Once again I recommend Davidson’s excellent organic loose leaf chamomile tea in bulk. And if you’d rather have tea bags, go for Twinings pure camomile herbal tea bags.

I hope very much that you’ll enjoy these flower teas. And if you have other favorites, please let me know in the comments!


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