Summer Beverages

This recipe was inspired by Starbucks™ popular passion tea lemonade. However, this version skips the refined sugar entirely in favor of an infused simple syrup made from honey which plays up the subtle lemongrass and cinnamon flavors found in the Passion® tea blend.

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 5 minutes
Serves: 4


5¼ c. water, divided
4 Tazo® Passion® tea bags
¼ c. honey, preferably local
4” piece lemongrass, finely chopped
2 small cinnamon sticks
½ c. fresh lemon juice
Ice, to serve Continue reading

The flavors in this watermelon margarita are a bit of a happy accident. Normally, I would just use a basic simple syrup to lightly sweeten the concoction, but in this case I had some extra lemongrass and ginger simple syrup on hand from making my favorite homemade “gourmet” lemonade.

I decided to try it here and really liked the results. However, I did end up removing the lemongrass from the final cut so that the ginger could take center stage.


3 cups fresh seedless watermelon, cut into small chunks
2 t. lime zest Continue reading

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