DIY Starbucks Berry Hibiscus Iced Tea

If you’re a fan of the Starbucks very berry hibiscus refresher, you’re going to love this much cheaper but equally delicious diy version thanks to tazo passion tea! The good thing about this flavor too is it adds a hint of citrus flavor you don’t usually find in the original refresher. Here’s how you can make your own batch:

Ingrediants:

  • 4 packets of Tazo Passion flavored Herbal Tea
  • Boiled water
  • Simple syrup / sugar
  • Water
  • Frozen mixed berries

Instructions:

  1. Allow the tea packets to steep for atleast 20 min in boiled hot water
  2. While the tea steeps you can prepare your simple syrup + icecubes.
  3. For your simple syrup, remember it’s 1 part water to 1 part sugar nicely boiled and stirred together till a syrup like consistensy. You can catch the recipe for this on my previous DIY starbucks post here.
  4. For the berry infused iced cubes its super simple: pour a portion of your tea mix into an icetray and top with some frozen berries mixed berries like blueberries and blackberries into each cube. Pop those in the freezer for atleast 3-4 hours. Using the actual tea mix for your icecubes will make sure your drink stays cool and at the same time doesn’t taste diluted as your icecubes melt over time! It also adds that berry flavor we’re looking for since the tea only covers the hibiscus component.
  5. Pour your steeped tea into a large pitcher and add your simple syrup till well dissolved. Place your iced tea mix into a refrigerator till well chilled (probably about atleast 3 hours to match the timing with your iced cubes) before serving.

And there you have it! Easy, simple, cheap, but amazingly refreshing diy starbucks berry hibiscus iced tea enjoyable all-year round! Trust me, you’ll thank me later. – S

All original very berry hibiscus recipie content belongs to Starbucks.Inc. This post is in no way affiliated with nor sponsored by Starbucks or Tazo.

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Passport to South Asia-Creamy Homemade Pistachio Kulfi 

When it comes to keeping cool for the summer, there’s a couple options available out there: a) ice cream, b) popsicles, or c) a nice ice cold drink. However, if you grew up in a South Asian household like myself, then you had access to one other option, d) Kulfi. 

Kulfi is one of my childhood faves! Since its only found at South Asian markets where I live, it was a rare summer treat for me. But of course, with age & a handy dandy South Asian mother, you learn some tricks up your sleeves how to make your very own kulfi at home, enjoyable at anytime of year! I’ll be sharing this recipe with you guys so you too can make your very own homemade kulfi to keep cool this summer. The best part is, all it takes is just FOUR simple ingrediants. Here’s how:  

Ingrediants:

  • One can evaporated milk
  • One can sweet condensed milk
  • One handful of pistachios (no shell), grounded
  • 1 teaspoon of cardamom, grounded

Instructions:

  1. In a bowl, combine the evaporated and sweet condensed milk.
  2. Next, take your cardamom pods, and pistachios, and slightly microwave the two until a light golden brown color. This provides a roasted effect, making it easier to grind both the cardamom and pistachios into a fine powder. This also increases the aroma of the two, which is crucial to the overall flavor of the kulfi.
  3. Next, using a mort and pestol, break open the cardamom pods and remove the skin, leaving behind only the cardamom seeds.
  4. Next, use a blender to grind together the cardamom seeds and pistachios into a fine powder. Mix this powder into the bowl with the milk mixture and stir well.
  5. Once combined, pour this mixture into either a popsicle mould, or a kulfi mold. These kulfi molds can be found at any south asian market. If not, a popsickle mold does just as well!
  6. Allow the kulfi to freeze atleast 6 hours or overnight before serving. Garnish with pistachio powder before serving as per taste.

And there you have it! One creamy, cold, sweet dessert to keep cool this summer. Definately a must for any summer barbecues to finish off a long day. This summer sweet is approved by yours truly- S.

*Tip 1: Kulfi does not only have to be served as a popsicle. It can also be served in a similar fashion to icecream. Freeze the kulfi mix overnight in a bowl sealed with clean wrap overtop. This should give the same kulfi mix ready to be scooped and served!

*Tip 2: Unlike icecream or frozen yogurt, the consistency of kulfi is slighty less thick. Therefore, be sure to be weary of a faster melting time when enjoying this summer treat!

DIY Starbucks Iced Caramel Macchiato

If you’re a caffeine addict like me, especially someone who needs that variety in flavor choice, then you know how much Starbucks can add up on your monthly savings. Thankfully, I did a little research / experimenting and discovered that all it takes is 2 components: starbucks key ingrediant “simple syrup”, & the technique of getting that signature macchiato layered look! Believe me, you don’t need to be a barista to master either and its budget friendly. Here’s how to get your quick caffeine fix:

Ingrediants:

  1. 1 cup cold Milk
  2. Espresso powder
  3. 1 tsp water
  4. 1 cup Ice
  5. 1 drop of vanilla
  6. Whipped topping
  7. Simple syrup (1 part sugar, 1 part water)
  8. Caramel sauce bought from store

Instructions:

  1. First, you’re going to need that prime simple syrup. All it consists of is 1 part sugar, 1 part water, boiled down in a pot till its a nice syrup consistency. For the specifity of this drink, use 2 teaspoons sugar with 2 teaspoons water. pour this into the glass you will be using to serve your drink. To create the “vanilla pump”, add one drop of vanilla flavouring to your simple syrup.
  2. Top with 1 cup of ice cubes, and pour 1 cup of cold milk into your glass.
  3. Now comes the technical part. you’re going to need 2 shots of espresso . To prepare the espresso shot, mix 2 tsp of espresso with 1 tsp of water. The trick is, to SLOWLY pour the espresso shot over the cold milk, this is what will provide the layered effect.
  4. Finally to top it off, drizzle with 1 teaspoon of caramel sauce.

Sweet tip: you may also add whipped topping if desired, and top the drink with other flavours, like cinnamon powder.

And there you have it! One home made sweet iced caramel macchiato perfect for any summer day, approved by yours truely- S.

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. Though this is my own recipe inspired by Starbucks off my own deduction, I do not own the original iced caramel macchiato recipe as per the company. All original recipe content is credited to © 2017 Starbucks Corporation.