‘Tis the season for iced everything – iced coffee, iced cream, if it can be iced it’s iced! I’m someone who typically prefers iced coffee in warmer weather (versus an all year kinda gal), and come springtime I’m all ready for refreshing Starbucks drinks to hit the menu. Some are cult-classics, like the famous Pink Drink (here’s my Starbucks pink drink recipe if you want to try my healthier version at home!). Others might be a bit more “wild,” like Kiwi passionfruit, a Dragon Drink, or the “Unicorn Frappucino.” If you’ve been wanting a DIY for Starbucks Guava Tea drink that’s become increasingly popular thanks to Pinterest, stick around. 😉
My favorite refresing Starbucks order as of late has been:
- A venti iced Guava black tea with light ice, light cream, and 3 pumps Classic.
It USED to be white tea, but since that was discontinued (no clue why), black tea it is! Black tea has a bit more caffeine than white tea, but ultimately the drink tastes the same – and really hits the spot. (You can literally read that bulleted order out to a barista and they’ll know exactly what to do for you!)
So, I set out to whip up a homemade version that was a.) equally yummy and b.) increasingly healthy.
And friends, I DID IT.
Here’s my Starbucks DIY Guava Tea drink recipe:
First off, my Starbucks DIY guava drink is SO SIMPLE – and ingredients are interchangeable to your liking. But, for reference, you’ll need black or white tea (I use this one), a light cream (I use this one right now, but any light cream will do!), and this guava puree. They actually make a whole BUNCH of purees by this brand apparently, so if guava isn’t your jam but you’d like to swap out the flavor for, say, peach or wildberry or coconut or mango, you can!
Pouring the guava puree over ice is the best way to disperse flavor, I’ve found. This is where you can alter how much you’re using if you’re being more health conscious, too! The original Starbucks version uses 3 pumps of Classic syrup, which is basically their version of liquid cane sugar with about 5 grams of sugar per pump. Since I don’t have ANY simple syrups in my Starbucks DIY guava drink, that’s an automatic sugar savings and healthier win. But if you’re hung up on the flavor and want that Classic splash, here ya go!
On brewing the tea – right now, I brew regular hot black tea and then cool it in the fridge until it’s room temp or cooler. Obviously pouring it over the ice if it’s too hot won’t end well, and you’ll end up with diluted hot tea – ha. But cool or sit out until you’re good to pour over ice!
I add a “splash” of cream. This is really to your liking, as well, but I think a big perk of the regular version is the creaminess, since it does give it a totally different taste than traditional tea – a bit of a heavier, richer flavor. I used this Coffeemate coconut milk creamer for this Starbucks DIY guava tea drink specifically but have also used regular cream, or even half & half in a pinch.
Aaaaaand VOILA! That’s literally it! SO simple, so yummy, so refreshing for anytime – but especially for warmer weather ahead. 🙂
Will you try this Starbucks DIY guava tea drink at home?
Have you tried the original version yet at Starbs? I’d recommend ordering my OG order FIRST to see how you like it and what it *should* taste like, then trying it at home for a healthier twist and alternating any ingredients as need be to your preferences!