Hello, dear readers! Happy August. ♥
Can you believe July flew by so quickly? I’m in awe over here. Thank you for understanding my need to take a quick break from posting to spend time upgrading things on here & working out my new vision. Like the new look?
I’ve also been prepping for our upcoming move, which will be happening this month! I am beyond looking forward to the day when I can share pictures with you.
Now, let’s get to the fun stuff! I have a yummy recipe for you guys today.
I have been addicted to the Starbucks Iced Mango Black Tea Lemonade this summer. It’s delicious. But, it’s almost four bucks for a size that’ll last me more than two minutes & I know it’s not the healthiest thing I could be drinking.
So I started looking into copycat recipes and decided to create my own with organic ingredients from Trader Joe’s & Target. *This is not a sponsored post! I just love their organic options 🙂
Here’s what you’ll need if you want to make this on your own:
- Organic Mango Nectar or juice concentrate
- Organic Lemonade
- Organic Black Tea
- Ice cubes
While browsing through Trader Joe’s for this project, I realized I had a few options when it came to the ingredients.
Option #1. This is the most convenient of the two options, because the mango & lemonade are pre-mixed together. All you have to do is add in the iced tea and you’re set. I bought it at Trader Joe’s for $3.79.
Option #2. You can buy organic lemonade & organic mango nectar at Trader Joe’s for $2.99 and $4.49 respectively. I prefer this option better because I can choose the proportions myself.
As you can see in the above picture, I used Simply Balanced organic black tea. I brewed it in a pot on the stove top, and stuck it in the fridge for a while before I used it so that it would have time to cool down.
I decided to use equal parts of everything: the mango nectar, lemonade & black tea! However, I did go back and add in just a bit more tea after I’d had a few sips.
I encourage you to try it out and see what you like best!
Now, let’s see how much the final cost is per cup.
Starbucks charges $3.95 for a 24 fl. oz. cup (this is their Venti size).
So, let’s do a little calculating to make sure we’re even saving money here.
If we make this on our own, we’ll be using 8 fl oz of all three ingredients.
- $0.37 cost for the lemonade per glass.
- $0.56 cost for the mango nectar.
- And, let’s say I use half a bag of tea for each cup. The tea costs $2.99 and has 12 bags, so that leaves the tea cost for this around $0.12.
Grand total cost for an organic alternative: $1.05.
Pretty good deal, right? It’s super easy, too, and it’s a delicious summer drink.
Want more posts like this? Let me know in the comments!
Do you have a favorite Starbucks drink? And have you created a homemade alternative before?