A few years ago Starbucks discontinued its white tea and guava juice and as a big fan of their iced guava white tea, I was disappointed. So I scoured around and tried different store-bought ingredients to come up with a similar drink.
I came up with this super-easy Starbucks iced guava white tea recipe that anyone can follow with no prior training. This homemade iced guava white tea tastes just as good as Starbucks’ or even better!Jump to Recipe
What is Starbucks Iced Guava White Tea?
Starbucks iced guava white tea is a low-caffeine, ice-shaken drink that combines brewed white tea, guava juice blend, ice, and liquid cane sugar.
It has less caffeine than both green and black teas. A grande cup of Starbucks’ iced guava white tea has 20 mg of caffeine and 110 calories.
Starbucks guava juice is actually a blend of natural flavors, water, citric acid, guava juice concentrate, and white grape juice concentrate. It is colored with vegetable and fruit juice from sweet potato, pumpkin, radish, cherry, and apple.
For the best results use red or pink guava juice to get the same color as Starbucks iced guava white tea.
- A 1/2 cup of White tea. Is the least processed type of tea and, therefore, has a smoother, delicate flavor than the other teas. You can use your favorite brand of white tea. My favorite is Fujian pure white tea by Twinnings.
- Two ounces of pink guava juice. Guava juice adds a sweet and savory touch to the tea. Use chilled guava juice so that the ice doesn’t melt quickly. Jumex guava nectar is a great choice which comes in an insulated can bottle that is 100 percent recyclable.
- Ice cubes (full cup). Use filtered water so that there are no off-flavors in your tea
- One-ounce sugar syrup (optional). Like at Starbucks, your white can be unsweetened or sweetened with liquid cane sugar, simple sugar syrup, or regular sugar granules
- One-ounce Lemonade (optional). Lemonade pairs magnificently with all types of tea. It adds a yellowish hue and a bright, fresh taste with some tanginess.
How to Make Starbucks’ Iced Guava White Tea at Home
Step 1. Brew White Tea
Make the white tea to a strength of your choice. Steep 1-2 white tea bags per 6-8 ounces of fresh hot water for 4-5 minutes.
You can chill the white tea in the fridge or leave it outside to cool to room temperature so that it does not melt the ice in the shaker rapidly.
White tea is less intense than black tea and it’s good at enhancing the added flavors, especially fruity flavors.
When the tea is cool enough.
Step 2. Add White Tea, Guava Juice, Sugar, and Ice to the Shaker
Add a half-cup or four ounces of cold white tea, one ounce of sugar syrup to the shaker, two ounces of guava juice, and a full cup of ice into a shaker. You can use a container with a wide mouth and screw lid if you don’t have a shaker.
We prefer using homemade Starbucks-style sugar syrup which is sweeter than regular simple syrup. If you are using granulated sugar, add it to the tea when it’s hot and stir so that it can dissolve easily.
You can add one ounce of lemonade if you want an iced guava white tea lemonade.
Step 3. Cover and Shake
Cover the shaker and shake it vigorously 10 times. Shaking changes the taste and texture of the drink. It also lowers the temperature of the drink much faster than an unshaken iced drink.
Step 4. Enjoy
Pour into a cup and enjoy
FAQs About Starbucks Iced Guava White Tea
Is there Caffeine in Starbucks Guava White Tea?
Yes, the caffeine content in Starbucks Guava white tea depends on the size of the drink. There are 15mg, 20mg, 30mg, and 40mg of caffeine in a Tall, Grande, Venti, and Trenta cup of Starbucks iced guava white tea respectively.
Did Starbucks Discontinue White Tea?
Yes, Starbucks no longer offers white tea in its stores. Sadly, guava juice, a primary ingredient in the iced guava white tea and other teas, was also discontinued.
Starbucks’ Iced Guava White Tea Recipe(Copycat)Course: DrinksCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy, Beginner
This recipe shows you how to make Starbucks iced guava white tea at home in four simple steps.
1/2 cup or 4 ounces of white tea
1/4 cup or 2 ounces of guava juice
A full cup of ice cubes
One ounce or 4 pumps of sugar syrup (optional)
1/4 cup or 4 ounces of lemonade (optional)
- Brew white tea and leave it to cool to room temperature
- Add white tea, sugar, guava juice, and ice to a shaker. For a lemon-ish twist, add lemonade with the other ingredients
- Replace the cap and shake vigorously 10 times
- Pour the drink into a cup and enjoy
- Although you can use white guava or pink guava juice, pink guava juice gives the drink the signature pinkish color like the Starbucks drink
- Use filtered water to make both white tea and ice cubes as white tea is delicate and easily takes in any off-flavors.
- White tea is good at taking fruity flavors so you can switch things around by substituting guava with peach juice or sweetening with raspberry instead of simple syrup.
- Shaking the drink fuses the ingredients and flavors together. The drink also gets a bit frothy at the top.
- If you prefer light ice, use 1/2 or 1/4 cup.
- If you do not have a shaker, use a container or bottle with a screw cap and a big-enough mouth to fit ice cubes.