|Buy a glass from Starbucks or make a huge pitcher of the same stuff|
for the SAME price.
Right next to my kids' speech therapy building is a Starbucks. The therapists lament the percentage of their paycheck that gets sunk into supporting their Starbucks habit. I usually succeed in avoiding the siren song (but mainly because I'm allergic to caffeine) until the Iced Passion Tea Lemonade's popped up this summer. I caved and bought the drink. Which my kids promptly drank for me. And then wanted more.
Not wanting to add a weekly expense to the therapy session, I started looking for a way to copycat the drink. Turns it it is pretty easy to do. In fact you can buy a box of Tazo Iced Passion Tea at Starbucks (or any local supermarket) and the recipe is on the back of the box.
Copycat Tazo Iced Passion Tea Lemonade
1 tea bag Tazo Iced Passion Tea Lemonade
1 quart boiling water
1 quart lemonade
Sweetener of choice
Bring your water to boiling. Add in the tea bag. Wait five minutes. I find adding the sweetener (I just used regular, old sugar) while the water was boiling make it dissolve easily. I experimented with amounts and settled on about the 1/2 cup range for sweetening. After your five minutes are up, dump in 1 quart of lemonade. Serve over ice. Watch your kids chug-a-lug. Make sure you save some for yourself.
|Lemonade and Tea: Our favorite summer drink.|
Now I could have left it there, but being a teacher I figured this would be a great time for some sneaky math. Here's some of the hands-on math we did:
1. Had the kids make the recipe which involved measuring out the different solids and liquids.
2. Calculated the cost per liquid ounce if we had bought the drink at Starbucks vs. the cost to purchase the ingredients and make it at home.
3. Made double (triple) batches requiring multiplication of the original recipe.
So not only did making Passion Tea Lemonade at home save us a bundle this summer, we also snuck in some math practice. That's something I can drink to.