August 15th, 2011
Ok. Fine. I ADMIT IT. I have a weakness for the Green Tea Lemonade at Starbucks.
I start visiting the coffee mecca more frequently in May. It’s not even hot here in May, but I can’t help myself. I need to get one of my crack drinks as soon as it’s available which, sadly, is never in one those first late-spring visits. But, then, one day, usually in June, everything changes. I see “shaken,” “tea” and “lemonade” beautifully strung together on the wall behind the teenage baristas. And I take my first sip of summer.
I always order a small (or whatever they call it there) with two pumps (I like mine tart; remember that when you follow my recipe), and it always goes too fast. I think I like it that way. In fact, I think I like the whole ritual. Waiting. Asking. Finally getting some, but never too much. Waiting more. Repeat.
Green Tea Lemonade will be phased out soon and despite a willingness to wait until next summer for more, I’m feeing the need for some flexibility. At this point in the summer I want to be able to have a Green Tea Lemonade when I want one, whenever I want one without having to rely on Starbucks. Here in NYC, the weather will likely remain warm for a while after Starbucks packs away the lemonade shakers. What if I’m not ready to say goodbye? Last week it became clear to me that, though I love the wait, I need to know how to make my own Starbucks copycat Green Tea Lemonade.
I figured it out. It’s pretty easy. You can do it, too. And then freedom from Starbucks! Or, at least, as much freedom as you want to claim.
Green Tea Lemonade on Momtastic (for grownups only!)*
*Note: Green tea contains caffeine and should not be shared with children. You can consider sharing this if made with decaf green tea, but keep in mind that it contains a lot of sugar. Also, there’s no reason to share drinks other than water, breast milk and/or formula to children 12 months and under.