Starbucks green tea lemonade…

One word: ugh.

Essentially a green tea “Arnold Palmer,” this would be a terrific beverage for cooling off after a walk around the lake, sitting outside at Starbucks and doing some work — If they didn’t make it painfully sweet. What the heck is it with sweet iced tea, anyhow? Not being a Southerner by origin, I guess I just don’t get it. Tea is supposed to be a slightly tart, tannic beverage, possibly served with lemon, but never with sugar — at least to my mind.

This is just nasty.

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  21. Starbucks green tea lemonade… I want to try it! I’ll go to the near Starbucks shop right now!

    -krisha-

  22. I like cold teas only. And Green Tea is my first prority.

  23. audrey,

    one word: DELICIOUS!

    green tea lemonades UNsweetened should be worshiped.

  24. Mark,

    thanks for the recommendation, I’ll give it a try!

  25. Lori,

    Mark, try the Green tea and lemonade again only this time order it with no syrup or unsweetened (same thing). I have never been a tea fan butthe green tea combined with unsweetened lemonade (lemon water, basically) it is outstanding. I can’t do sugar or dairy products so this has become my fav when someone is doing a starbucks run.

    kenrufo, you may have lived in the south but you are no southerner =) If you were you’d love the near syrup consistancy iced tea that every southerner I know loves (born and raised in SC and living in FL now). In my case, being hypo-glycemic with diabetic tendencies was a blessing because I never had to drink the stuff and admit I did not like it.

  26. Mark,

    I like teas both hot and cold, but yeah, it’s got to be good tea and it’s got to be made well. My current favorites are some of the teas from Adagio, especially their Assam and Earl Grey Bravo (which actually has bergamot flowers in the blend).

  27. I’ve been living in the south for over twelve years now (5 in North Carolina, 7+ in Georgia), so I’m close enough to being a southerner, and let me tell you I don’t get it either. Especially when it comes to iced green or black teas.

    Then again, I’m a tea purist, with at least 20 varieties of loose leaf in the house, sitting in nicely sealed containers. I usually drink it hot, even during the summers (though I stick with red/rooibos and white teas in the summer), but I do make an iced yerba mate with orange or cinammon, and I don’t add anything to them. I never understand people who want to add sugar to it – might as well go out and buy some Lipton. Now lately I’ve been making some iced raspberry/mint teas for my prengant S.O., and I add some sugar to that, but only unrefined rock cane sugar, since it’s not nearly as sickly or smoothly sweet as refined white sugar. But at the end of the day, even that’s too much for me, which works out well, since my body doesn’t benefit too much from either component.

    What I can’t figure out is why some chain like Starbucks doesn’t just provide straight-up canned white and green teas, or some sort of beverage equivalent, as they already exist on the market, albeit with infrequent access to consumers. Annoooooyyy-ing.

  28. As luck would have it I ordered the black tea lemonade from Starbucks on saturday. I have a slightly different view of the proper relationship between tea and sugar then you do, but I don’t think that really makes much of a difference with this stuff. I’m not sure what they did to it, but it tasted *amazingly* like the canned lipton instant lemon-flavored iced tea mix that I found hiding, crystalized, in the back of a cabinet when I was a kid. I can safely say that I won’t be repeating this mistake.