Category Archives: Hibiscus Teabags
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
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
- Rose hips
- 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.
My favorite Hibiscus Tea is loose leaf tea, but loose leaf tea isn’t always practical. At work, for example, or in any other situation where you don’t want to deal with tea strainers or fish loose hibiscus petals out of your mug.
That’s why I always have hibiscus teabags on hand. But not just any teabags. I’m particular, and I don’t want any tea with artificial flavorings or fake aromas. The Republic of Tea is my favorite brand of gourmet quality teabags. Their hibiscus tea is delicious, it’s natural, and they pack their unbleached teabags in an airtight, recyclable tin.
Please note: this hibiscus tea is not 100% pure hibiscus flowers, it also contains sweet blackberry leaves and stevia leaves for extra flavor. I don’t mind this, it just adds a little nuance to the taste and fragrance, but I feel you need to know that before you buy.
(Also, I admit I never recycle these tea tins, because they are so pretty. I reuse them and decoupage them for gifts. I’ll put up some pictures in another post.)
7 Reasons Why I Love These Hibiscus Teabags
- great, natural hibiscus taste
- zero calories
- relieves stress
- may lower blood pressure
- full of natural vitamin C
- beautiful and airtight packaging