Copycat Caribou Coffee Sparkling Peach Black Tea

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Ok, I know I’ve been extra excited about recipes this week, but I think I’ve saved the best for last.

I’ve mentioned a couple times in the past week or so that I am newly obsessed with Caribou Coffee’s Sparkling Peach Black Tea. It’s fizzy. It’s sweet. But it’s also $3.60 for a medium, and even when I specify “light ice”, you know that cup still comes jam packed.

So, in the spirit of saving money, cutting sugar, and not paying a premium for frozen water, I decided to make my own version at home, and it is is OFF THE FREAKING HOOK. I want you all to try this – including you, and you…and you, and you, and you. And especially you over there.

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Sparkling Peach Black Tea is so easy to make at home, you’ll flip. All you do is brew-then-chill your favorite black tea then swirl in homemade Peach Simple Syrup which, as the name implies, is really simple to make. Like someone should seriously consider renaming it “ridiculously-simple syrup”. Top the glass off with a splash of sparkling club soda, and you’re set!

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Don’t like black tea? Nix it and enjoy an Italian Peach Soda by mixing the peach simple syrup with club soda. Feeling frisky? Add a shot of vodka (oo or sweet tea vodka!) or mix the peach simple syrup with champagne. Craving dessert? Add a scoop of vanilla gelato on top! Me? I’m sticking with the original Sparkling Peach Black Tea. It is perfection!

Copycat Caribou Coffee Sparkling Peach Black Tea | iowagirleats.com

Start the Sparkling Peach Black Tea by brewing your favorite black tea. I used this Trader Joe’s Mango Black Tea. Usually it’s a 1:1 ratio of cup of water to tea bag, but read the steeping instructions just in case. Once brewed, chill in the fridge.

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Next make that peach ridiculously-simple syrup! First combine 1 cup each water and sugar in a saucepan.

Copycat Caribou Coffee Sparkling Peach Black Tea | iowagirleats.com

Next add 2 sliced peaches (unpeeled) or 12oz frozen peach slices. I was worried that the frozen peaches wouldn’t taste “peachy” enough, since peach season is still pretty far away and I couldn’t use fresh, but they worked out just fab!

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Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring occasionally, then lower the heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove the pot from the heat and let it cool completely then strain out the peaches. Simple, right?!

Don’t throw out the peaches, btw, as you can use them in smoothies, over ice cream, or even on top of pancakes!

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The peach simple syrup should be a beautiful, well, PEACH, color. : ) At this point, pop it in the fridge with the tea to chill completely.

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Assembly time!

Copycat Caribou Coffee Sparkling Peach Black Tea | iowagirleats.com

Fill your glass with ice then fill halfway with the chilled black tea.

Copycat Caribou Coffee Sparkling Peach Black Tea | iowagirleats.com

Add 2-3 Tablespoons chilled peach ridiculously-simple syrup, depending on how sweet & peachy you want your drink. This is a big bonus of making sweetened teas or drinks at home. YOU control the amount of sugar you add, and not the coffee house barista!

Copycat Caribou Coffee Sparkling Peach Black Tea | iowagirleats.com

Finally, top with club soda.

Copycat Caribou Coffee Sparkling Peach Black Tea | iowagirleats.com

Stir, and sip!

Copycat Caribou Coffee Sparkling Peach Black Tea | iowagirleats.com

Sparkling Peach Black Tea

Print this recipe!

Ingredients:
Brewed black tea, chilled
Club soda, chilled

For the Peach Simple Syrup:
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
2 peaches, sliced (or 12oz frozen peaches)

Directions: 

  1. For the Peach Simple Syrup: Add water, sugar, and peaches to a saucepan then bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Turn heat down to medium then simmer for 5 minutes. Remove pot from heat and let syrup cool completely then strain out peach slices (save for ice cream, pancakes, smoothies, etc.) and chill simple syrup.
  2. To serve: fill a glass with ice then fill 1/2 of the way up with cold tea. Add 2-3 Tablespoons cold peach simple syrup then top with club soda, stir, and then serve.

 

Store the remaining peach simple syrup in a jar with a tight fitting lid in the refrigerator for up to several weeks. At the rate you’ll want to guzzle these Sparkling Peach Black Teas though, it won’t last that long!

Copycat Caribou Coffee Sparkling Peach Black Tea | iowagirleats.com

Happy sipping! ;)

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Comments

  1. Kate Y 03.28.2013

    I was avidly awaiting my Friday morning ritual of a coffee break at my desk going through your Friday favourites…and now I realize that it’s Thursday. Talk about day later syndrome (and I’ll look forward to your favourites tomorrow haha).

  2. Girl, I want this, like right now!

  3. Amanda 03.28.2013

    Thank you for posting this! The closest caribou coffee is an hour away from me. I really wanted to try this since you first posted it.

  4. I’m a fellow Iowan! First of all, this looks amazingly delish. I can’t wait to make it myself. I love a good ice tea in the summer and it’s finally getting warm here! (50′s this weekend?!? Yes please!) I’ve just started a weight loss blog and when I was looking for some inspiration I saw a link to your blog!

  5. lisa 03.28.2013

    I am so glad you posted this because I wanted to try ever since you featured on favorites but there is not a caribou anywhere near where I live. So thanks, this will be my go-to summer drink.

  6. I am so happy you decided to create your own recipe because I thought it sounded so good when I saw it on here before. I can’t wait to make one! Yes, yes, and yes.

  7. Carlie 03.28.2013

    I’ve been obsessed with the sparkling mint lime white tea since last summer! I recreate at home with mint tea, crystal light mojito mix, and the key lime sparkling water! I’ll have to try this one :)

  8. dessertfortwo 03.28.2013

    I’m so in love with sparkling tea! It’s the reason I bought a soda stream! :)

  9. Great recipe, this looks really refreshing and yummy!

  10. LadySaotome 03.28.2013

    Ever since you started mentioning this tea I’ve been looking for copycat recipes since we don’t even have a Caribou Coffee. Thanks!!

  11. YAY! I was hoping you would post a recipe on this after you talked about it earlier. Sounds RIGHT up my alley. And I love that TJ’s tea too!!!

  12. Lois 03.28.2013

    I grew up in Iowa, and those Hy-Vee products in your photos make me feel nostalgic. There are no Hy-Vee stores where I live now, but we do have Trader Joe’s.

    The tea looks wonderful. I’m adding peaches to my shopping list!

  13. Abbey P 03.28.2013

    You are my hero for posting this! I had 2 from Caribou in the past week. This will definitely save me some moolah this summer!

  14. Rachael 03.28.2013

    Yum! I tried one the other day on your recommendation and became immediately obsessed. The only thing stopping me from indulging daily was price and cals so I’m itching to try this out tomorrow. Thanks for posting!

  15. Paula 03.28.2013

    Made tea with homemade peach lemonade concentrate-did not try fizz. I got the Sodastream out, must try

  16. Maureen 03.28.2013

    I’m an Iowa girl who works for Caribou… well done!

  17. Julie Ann Payne 03.28.2013

    Ditto, to much of the above comments. I’m a Texan, and never heard of the coffee place. It was the highlight of your Friday faves, and I was bummed there was no recipe. Happy happy happy!! Making it for the moms at my Easter party on Saturday. You have one if my very favorite blogs!!! Blessings to you.

  18. obearlady 03.29.2013

    yummm ty good 1`

  19. Cathy 03.29.2013

    I wonder if you could substitute Splenda for the sugar.

  20. Andrea Rayna 03.29.2013

    Sounds delish – but if you notice further in your pregnancy that our feet swell and you need to cut back on salt, use Seltzer water instead of club soda…much less sodium!

  21. Sarah V 03.29.2013

    This looks so good. Might try with frozen mangos or raspberries too.

  22. Mallory 03.29.2013

    Yum! I wish it was summer because I want to sit on my front porch with one of these!

  23. Rachel S. 03.29.2013

    Looks good, I wonder if it would taste as good if you just used a peach flavored black tea. hmmm

  24. What a perfect summer drink!

  25. sara 03.29.2013

    Omg, I love you so much. I am totally obsessed with Caribou’s peach tea, and have been gulping it down like a maniac. Now I can make it by the pitcher (and never sleep again)!

  26. [...] is not as close to me as I would like.  I would suggest that you try the drink, and you can always make it!  I have my peach syrup and black tea in the fridge as we [...]

  27. This sounds toooo good, and my boyfriend totally has that TJ’s black tea! What a perfect spring drink!

  28. Courtney 03.29.2013

    I don’t know if I should admit this or not, but I just about squealed in delight when I was skimming through my blog favorites last night, checked your page, and saw this. I had casually requested you make a post of a copycat recipe the second I stumbled across last week’s friday favorites. I am making this TODAY.

    Just one question, do you think it would turn out the same if I subbed the simple syrup for actual peach juice? Trader Joe’s sells some that is awesome.

    • Jen 03.31.2013

      I add 100% peach juice to my ice tea all the time it’s Yummy and you don’t need to add any sugar!

  29. Becky 03.29.2013

    Thankfully we were planning on going to my in-laws this weekend and there is a Caribou on the way. Totally tried this and it is delish! I’ll be making my own when we get home.

  30. Kim 03.29.2013

    Oh my gosh. This looks, amazing. I have a feeling this will be my addiction this summer! Thanks for posting!

  31. Emma 03.30.2013

    Oh goodness, I’ve got to try this! I love your blog; the recipes are so inspiring and you have such a lovely style of writing! x

  32. Molly 03.30.2013

    This drink is delicious!! So tasty on a nice Spring day! I love your blog and have tried lots of recipes and they always turn out great. Hope you have a wonderful vacation!!

  33. GS test 03.31.2013

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  34. It is almost tea season and this has my mouth watering!

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  36. Rebecca 04.07.2013

    Hi, today I go to your facebook and found a pretty lady who is of one of my Ziplist writers ! I love your recipes and thanks for sharing !!
    This Sparkling Peach Black Tea caught my eyes !! Will try it one day. I heard from a Chef that try not to add in any soda water in any fruit drinks as it will kill all the Vit C !!
    I love the Whipped Bleu Cheese Balsamic Bites.I don’t like Blue cheese but added to any dressing or ingredients will taste good. I fall in love with it when they served the dressing with steak !! Wow, it was so yummy !!

  37. [...] I saw this recipe for sparkling peach black tea, I couldn’t get it out of my head.  So, I made it for Easter. It was delicious. However, I [...]

  38. Diana 04.28.2013

    You are awesome! Several weeks back you posted the fizzy peach tea… I had to try it and was addicted. So stopping at the only caribiu I know of every day before work, I was shocked when 2 weeks ago I pulled up for my peach tea and THEY WERE OUT OF business!!BOOHOO!!
    I have been thinking about it for weeks and thought well let me google copy cat recipes and WOW you were the first one to come up, I should have known.. I must have missed the post. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!
    connot wait to get home to try it!!

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  43. Jennifer 06.26.2013

    I’ve been making this since you posted the recipe and love it. I’ve also branched out and made my simple syrup with both blueberries and raspberries and both of those variations are delicious!

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