Green Tea Lemonade is the quintessential summer drink. It’s pleasantly sweet, seriously refreshing, and has a kick of caffeine to get you through the day!
Hello warmer weather and hello green tea lemonade, my new favorite drink. It’s pleasantly sweet, seriously refreshing, and has a fun little kick of caffeine to boot. I can see myself drinking this — and every variation I can think of — all summer long.
Last weekend we drove to Cincinnati to visit family and celebrate my oldest nephew graduating from high school. Of course, finding places to stop along the way is generally difficult since the kids want one thing (McDonalds) and the husband and I want another (anything but McDonalds).
We generally compromise on Panera (or, let’s be honest, grab the kids McDonalds and us something from Panera) and go on our merry way. My go-to order is the Fuji Apple Chicken salad and one of their charged lemonades. I love them (and apparently so does The Big Kid).
500-ish miles and 3 super charged lemonades later, I decided that I needed to try making my own version at home. I began looking up green tea lemonades and was seriously surprised at how easy they were to make. I have a feeling I’ll be experimenting with flavors now that I know just how good it is with a plain lemonade.
Speaking of lemonade, THE absolute best lemonade I’ve ever made is the Old Fashioned Lemonade from Persnickety Plates. The secret is in using the lemon rinds to make the simple syrup. It truly makes this drink next level. BUT any lemonade will work, so feel free to use what you prefer (and have on hand).
Also, I have been making a large batch of green tea concentrate so that I can have it ready when I am. I use 6 tea bags for 8 oz of water, meaning I’ll have enough concentrate on hand for 4 drinks. I prefer doing it this way because a.) it saves me a lot of time and b.) the tea is cold and won’t melt the ice straight away. Win-win.
Next up will be mango lemonade, strawberry lemon mint like my favorite Panera one, and non-caffeinated lavender mint tea lemonade. And that’s just the beginning. The possibilities are truly endless.
Have you ever had green tea lemonade? Am I the absolute last person on the planet to try these? What flavor combination should I try next?
Green Tea Lemonade
- 2 green tea bags
- 2 oz water boiled and then let to sit for 5 minutes
- 1 cup lemonade
- 4-5 mint leaves optional
- Bring a pot of water to boil, remove from heat and let sit for 5 minutes. Pour two ounces of water into a glass jar or mug and add 2 green tea bags. Let steep for 2 minutes and then dunk a few times in the water before removing and discarding the tea bags. Let cool.
- In a large glass with ice, pour your favorite lemonade and the green tea concentrate you just brewed. Add in mint leaves and stir to combine.
- Sip sip sip away.
- I have been making a large batch of green tea concentrate so that I can have it ready when I am. I use 6 tea bags for 8 oz of water, meaning I’ll have enough concentrate on hand for 4 drinks. It also helps because the tea is cold and won’t melt the ice straight away.
- THE absolute best lemonade I’ve ever made is the Old Fashioned Lemonade from Persnickety Plates (see post for the link). It seriously makes this drink next level. BUT any lemonade will work, so feel free to use what you prefer (and have on hand).