Honey Sweetened Iced Green Tea {Tazo Tea Copycat}

Out of all the iced tea recipes I’ve come up with….this is the favorite. I’ve made this tea several times for different occasions and every time it’s a huge hit. When I show up at get- togethers I’m always asked, “Did you make the TEA?”.


This tea is a copycat for Tazo Iced Green Tea, which I bought on a total whim at a health food store for an afternoon lunch with a friend. We both fell absolutely in love with it and I knew immediately that I had to recreate it.


Now that it’s summer, it’s the perfect refreshment to enjoy with friends. Go ahead and make a double patch, you’ll thank me later.

Here’s My Notes:

 1)The secret to this tea tasting like the real thing is using Tazo Zen  tea bags…. it’s infused with spearmint & lemongrass.

2)As I say in every iced tea recipe….iced tea tastes better after it has time to chill. Please, please chill it for at least 2 hours before you drink it 🙏.

3)I love my tea sweet, not lightly sweetened or a hint of sweet, so I add two cups of sweetener per gallon. I know that two cups of sugar may not be everyone’s cup of tea (😉) , so feel free to half the sugar.

4)After making this tea several times, I like the flavor of more honey. I use half honey, half sugar. Again, feel free to half the sugar or sweeten to your taste…to each his own.


Honey Sweetened Iced Green Tea

Yields: 1 gallon


Tazo Zen tea bags

4 black tea bags, I use Red Rose tea

6 cups water

1 cup honey

1 cup sugar

lemon slices & fresh mint are nice garnishes


In a medium sized saucepan bring the water and tea bags to just a boil; steep for about 15-20 minutes.

In a 1 gallon pitcher pour in honey and sugar, once the tea has steeped add it to the pitcher. Stir well to dissolve the sugar and place in the fridge to chill for a least 2 hours before serving. Garnish with slices of lemon and a handful of fresh mint.

Enjoy & Happy Summer !



enjoying my iced green tea in my favorite cup

The Sweetheart Milkshake {Lactose Free}

A treat too good not to share.

I constantly stalk the Black Tap‘s Instagram page to see what new creations they have dreamed up. The burgers & fries they post look amazing, but what really catches my attention is their outrageous milkshakes. Seeing their crazy shakes inspired me to make my own version for Valentine’s Day. 

This is a fun, indulgent treat to share with a sweetheart…or like me, with your best friend. 

Here’s My Notes:

1)Yes, I may have went a little overboard with topping this milkshake with a slice of cake, but I think this shake will be just as insane piled high with whipped cream, chocolate drizzle, and cute heart sprinkles. 

2)I did a cookie rim to decorate my glass like the Black Tap does. I covered the top of the glass with store bought chocolate frosting, then packed on finely crushed red velvet Oreos. Tip: red velvet Oreos are amazing frozen! 😉

3)I made this milkshake lactose free, but feel free to use regular ice-cream and milk.

4)Adding a few red velvet Oreos in the milkshake would be delicious.

The Sweetheart Shake

Yields: 1 large shake; 2 servings


4 (1/2 cup) scoops of lactose free vanilla ice-cream

1/4 cup store bought hot fudge sauce 

1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk 

Warmed hot fudge, whipped cream, cute heart sprinkles, & any other topping your heart desires😍


Blend together the ice-cream, hot fudge, and almond milk on high speed in a blender (I used my Vitamix) until smooth. Pour into prepared glass. Finish with toppings and…

💘Enjoy ! 💘

Check out my other milkshake recipe:

The Most Insane Milkshakes 

I used this red velvet cake recipe to decorate the milkshake.

The Most Insane Milkshakes

I don’t think these milkshakes could get any more insane.

My Insane Kahlua Coffee Milkshake

Emily’s Insane Cotton Candy Milkshake


My friend Emily and I have been dreaming up these creations for weeks now. We have been admiring the Black Tap and their insane milkshakes. (I’m dying to try one of their burgers too). But since we’re not going to NYC anytime soon to try either, we decided to make our own insane treats at home. 

Emily decided she wanted to do a cotton candy milkshake with a whimsical theme. I went with more of a grown-up approach and did a coffee theme. I piled on everything I could think of that went with coffee. I made mine lactose free.  I also added ice….that made it  like a frappuccino.

Each of these drinks start with a simple milkshake recipe.  We just chose to go all out with the toppings. But the shakes themselves are delicious, you can tone your own down by just adding some whipped cream to the top….. OR you can go completely crazy..and top your creation however you want.  

I know you’re asking, “why make such outrageously, ridiculous milkshakes that you can’t possibly finish?”       My answer simply is….we ENJOYED every second of it!!!!

The Most Insane Milkshakes 

Kahlua Coffee Milkshake {Dairy-Free}

Yields: 1 milkshake (in reality 3-4 milkshakes)

1 carton (1 quart) lactose free vanilla ice-cream

1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk

1/2 cup sugar 

1/2 cup French press coffee, chilled

1 1/2 ounce Kahlua

1 cup ice

In the pitcher of a blender, (I used a Vitamix) add in 3 cups of ice-cream and the remaining ingredients; blend until smooth. If needed add a little more almond milk or ice-cream to get desired thickness. 

Assembly: add one scoop of ice cream to each serving glass, pour the milkshake over the top. 

Cotton Candy Milkshake 

Yields: 3-4 milkshakes 

1 carton (1 quart) cotton candy ice-cream 

1/4 cup sugar 

1/2 cup milk

 Light blue icing color

In the pitcher of a blender, add in 3 cups of ice-cream and the remaining ingredients; blend until smooth. Add more milk or ice-cream to get desired thickness.

Assembly: add a scoop of ice-cream to each serving glass, pour the milkshake over the top. 

Enjoy! AND have FUN!!!

Mango & Mint Iced Green Tea with Honey 

  As I’ve said before, I love flavored iced tea. I have found a canned flavored tea that I’m absolutely obsessed with. But unfortunately, my tea isn’t sold at any of my local grocery stores. So whenever I can’t get my hands on my canned tea, I make this recipe and it. is. delicious. This tea is so refreshing, my friend Emily even said its like the Freshers at Starbucks. I made this tea this past weekend to have with Indian food, but this tea is perfect for any meal or just to simply enjoy. 

 Here’s My Notes

1)My friend Emily made this tea for her family, she didn’t have mint green tea, so she used half green tea and half mint tea. 

2)I sometimes decrease the sugar in this tea to 1/2 sugar and 1/2 cup honey to make it a little more healthy— and it’s delicious. 
Mango & Mint Green Tea with Honey 

Yields: 1 gallon 


4 mint green tea bags

4 black tea bags

6 cups water

2 cans mango nectar 

1 1/4 cup sugar

1/2 cup honey

Fresh mint leaves 


In a medium-sized saucepan bring the water and tea bags to a boil, then remove the pan  from the heat and steep the tea for 20 minutes.

In a pitcher combine the mango nectar, sugar, and honey. Add in the steeped tea and fill the rest of the pitcher with water and stir to combine. Chill the tea for at least one hour before serving. Garnish with fresh mint leaves. Enjoy! 

Blueberry-Lemonade Iced Tea

If your looking for the perfect, refreshing drink I have the recipe right here. I have a little obsession with tea, especially flavored iced teas and this recipe is one of my favorites. 

Here’s My Notes

1)Tea is always better made the day before. If you can’t make it the day before, at least chill it a hour before serving.

2)You can use frozen or fresh blueberries, use whatever is available to you.

3)I use Red Rose tea, cause it’s my favorite. Use whatever tea you like.

Blueberry-Lemonade Iced Tea

Yields: 1 gallon


16 oz. frozen or fresh blueberries

1 cup lemon juice, I use bottled lemon juice  

2 cups sugar

8 bags of tea

6 cups water


Bring the blueberries and lemon juice to a boil in a medium-sized saucepan. Simmer for about 5 minutes.

Bring the water and tea bags to a boil and let steep for at least 20 minutes.

Over a pitcher, strain the blueberries through a mesh sieve. Strain the tea through the sieve as well. Add in sugar and stir well. Fill the rest of the pitcher with water and chill for at least an hour, preferably overnight. Enjoy!

Iced Peach Tea


This past weekend I was invited to a campfire. My friend Ana Maria grilled Double Habanero Cheeseburgers.  I believe it was the best burger I have ever eaten …. ever. To drink, I brought this refreshing Iced Peach Tea. It went perfectly with the spicy burgers. This tea was a twist on our Classic Southern Sweet Tea with the addition of peach flavor. This will definitely be a staple at all our summer parties.

Here’s my Notes

1)I suggest making this tea the day before you serve it, or at least letting it chill for about 2 hours. Sweet Tea is best when made ahead…trust me… I’m southern.

Iced Peach Tea

Yield:1 gallon


2 cans (11.3oz) peach nectar

1 1/2 cups sugar

8 tea bags ( I use Red Rose )

6 cups water


Bring water and tea to a boil, and then let steep for at least 20 minutes.

In a pitcher, combine sugar and peach nectar together. Discard tea bags, add steeped tea to pitcher with of 8 cups water, stir. Chill tea over night or at least for 1-2 hours. Garnish with lemon and peach slices and serve. Enjoy !