Passion Fruit Green Tea | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Passion Fruit Green Tea

Passion Fruit Green Tea | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

From the inside, my life is super boring. It sounds much cooler than it really is. When I tell people all the places I’ve lived, they’re often amazed. Nashville, Taiwan, Honolulu, and Glasgow sound pretty sexy to people who don’t actually live in any of those places, but the truth is, I do pretty much the same thing in all of those cities. 

Basically my life revolves around reading books, watching movies and tv, and searching for great food. When I find something I love in one place, I want to take it with me everywhere I go from then on. Even though I’ve left the tropics, I’m not willing to let go of my favorite tropical flavors.

Passion Fruit Green Tea | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Passion Fruit Green Tea was our favorite in Taiwan, and we practically had passion fruit falling on our heads in Hawaii. Luckily, it’s pretty easy, though not exactly dirt cheap, to get passion fruit at the grocery store here in Scotland. So my favorite drink is back with a vengeance for those rare Scottish sunny days.

Make yourself up some passion fruit syrup, and you can add it to even more than a glass of iced green tea whenever you like. Store it in a very clean jar in the fridge and add it to your glass until it’s exactly as sweet as you like. It would also be awesome on pancakes and waffles for a little tropical flare.

Passion Fruit Green Tea | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Take yourself to the tropics with Passion Fruit Green Tea this summer. All the cool kids are doing it.

Passion Fruit Green Tea
Serves 4
Passion Fruit Green Tea takes you to the tropics no matter where you live.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
For the syrup
  1. 1 cup sugar
  2. 1 cup water
  3. Pulp of 3 passion fruits
For the tea
  1. 1 green tea bag per cup of water
  2. Ice
For the syrup
  1. Put sugar and water in a medium sauce pan over medium high heat. Bring to a boil and lower heat. Simmer and stir until sugar is dissolved. This should only take a few minutes.
  2. Remove from heat.
  3. Add passion fruit pulp to simple syrup. Put a lid on the pot and leave it to steep for two hours.
  4. Strain out pulp and store in an air tight container or mix directly with tea.
For the tea
  1. Boil some water and soak tea bags to desired strength. It's making tea, not rocket science.
  2. You can store the syrup in a separate container or combine it in a pitcher directly with the green tea. Fill up your desired container (short glass, tall glass, pitcher, bucket) with 3/4 green tea and 1/4 passion fruit syrup.
  3. Serve over ice.
Adapted from How to be Awesome on $20 a Day
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Awesome in September

September has been a truly awesome month. I started a new job, and I love it so far. It’s challenging and creative, and best of all, I get to serve my community. I feel so lucky. I also got to take an amazing weekend trip to New Jersey to tour the Duncan Hines Test Kitchens. Is this even my life? And it was my husband’s birthday. September might be my new favorite. Here are a few other things I loved this month. 

Awesomest Pub Crawl

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We saw The World’s End starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. I love these guys. This movie totally delivered on it’s promise. I feel like I may have laughed louder than anyone in the theater. If you haven’t seen Shaun of the Dead or Hot Fuzz yet, I highly recommend all three.

In The World’s End, a gang of old school friends reunite to attempt a 12 pub crawl in their hometown in the hopes of recreating their glory days. Things take a turn for the weird in the third pub. There might be robots and blue blood involved. You’ll just have to see for yourself. One of the things I really appreciate is that this film does not at all romanticize being a washed up loser, like American films often try to do, but it still manages to be funny without being too depressing. Get yourself to The World’s End. Have a pint or two first. It will be an awesome night.

Awesomest New Author Obsession

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This month I read The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood. I also listened to an interview with Atwood on Diane Rehm, since she has a new novel coming out. Here’s the most important question. Why haven’t I read everything this woman has ever written? Handmaid’s Tale has been on my list for ages, but I’m just now getting around to reading one of her novels. Now they all have to go on my list. Atwood’s descriptions are perfect. Her style is poetic, but not flowery. 

The Blind Assassin is about the complicated relationship between two sisters born into a wealthy family that was forced to make compromises. There’s a story within the story as well, a haunting world of blood and sacrifice in another dimension of time and space. Read The Blind Assassin. I loved it, and you will, too.

Awesomest Way to Put Yourself in a Sugar Coma

Photo by Hayley of Domestic Rebel
Photo by Hayley of Domestic Rebel

One of the funniest and craziest baking blogs out there is The Domestic Rebel. This girl is an evil genius, and the stuff she does with sugar is just insane. This month, she made an oatmeal cream crack pie with one of my favorite grocery store treats. I will definitely be trying this. It looks just absolutely insane. When it comes to sugar, sometimes you have to go nuts. Put some oatmeal cream pies into a pie pan and add a creamy filling. What could go wrong?

Awesomest Taiwanese Tea Fix

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I’ve mentioned before that I really miss Taiwanese tea shops. Guess what?!?!?! A Taiwanese tea shop has opened up in Waikiki, and they serve my favorite drink, passion fruit green tea. It’s called Dragon Tea, and it’s located on a side road between Kuhio and Ala Wai. If you go up the road with the Starbucks across from the International Marketplace, they’re on the right side of the road.

You can get plenty of different flavors of fruit tea, as well as milk tea, with or without tapioca pearls. We met the owners the first time we went in there, and they’re from the same town in Taiwan that we lived in. What a small world. Please visit Dragon Tea as often as you can. I need to get my fix, and I don’t want this place going out of business.

Things you thought were awesome

You still love waking up to chocolate because the number three post is double chocolate muffins. I don’t blame you, guys. They’re freakin’ amazing! 

For some reason, you crazy kids are into what I wore to work. “Awesome work clothes on $20 a day” is the number two post. It’s so weird seeing my dumb face on Pinterest.

The winner for this month is chocolate peanut butter cheesecake. Every time I see the name or the photo, I want to eat it all over again. Nigella never lets me down.

September has been so good to me. I can’t wait to see what October will bring. What was the awesomest part of your month?

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Passion Fruit Green Tea from Awesome on 20

Passion Fruit Green Tea

Passion Fruit Green Tea from Awesome on 20

In Taiwan, our very favorite drink was passion fruit green tea from a place we called 50 tea shop. There were four tea shops on just one side of the street on one single block in our neighborhood. We’d occasionally try the other ones, but the guys at 50 recognized the foreigners and usually knew what we wanted before we even made it to the counter. I needn’t have bothered learning how to say baixiang lucha. It’s one of the very few things I can actually say in Chinese. I was an abysmal expat.

Taiwan Tea

When lilikoi, or yellow passion fruit, started flooding our backyard, we knew we wanted to recreate our favorite drink from our former home. I came home from work one day to find that my husband had made a jug of lilikoi syrup. We went straight to the store to buy some green tea bags, brewed a cup each, impatiently waited for it to cool, dumped it over some ice and spiked it with the syrup. We were transported.

The lilikoi syrup could easily be mixed with plenty of other things. I’m sure a lilikoi margarita never hurt anyone. But a big pitcher of passion fruit green tea in your fridge when it’s 85 degrees in your living room really can’t be beat. It’s sweet but not too sugary. It also gives you a nice little hit of caffeine to help you through those hot afternoon slumps. It’s really the perfect drink.

Passion Fruit Green Tea from Awesome on 20

Taiwan, US, UK, anywhere you can get your hands on some passion fruit, give this a try. And practice your Chinese. You can’t be any worse than me.

Passion Fruit Green Tea
Serves 8
Sweet and slightly tart iced green tea infused with passion fruit syrup to get you through the heat.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
2 hr
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
2 hr
For syrup
  1. 2 cups passion fruit pulp
  2. 2 cups sugar
  3. 2 cups water
For green tea
  1. 1 green tea bag per cup of water
For syrup
  1. Put sugar and water in a medium sauce pan over medium high heat. Bring to a boil and lower heat. Simmer and stir until sugar is dissolved. This should only take a few minutes.
  2. Remove from heat.
  3. Add passion fruit pulp to simple syrup. Put a lid on the pot and leave it to steep for two hours.
  4. Strain out pulp and store in an air tight container or mix directly with tea.
For tea
  1. Boil some water and soak tea bags to desired strength. It's making tea, not rocket science.
  2. You can store the syrup in a separate container or combine it in a pitcher directly with the green tea. Fill up your desired container (short glass, tall glass, pitcher, bucket) with 3/4 green tea and 1/4 passion fruit syrup.
  3. Serve over ice.
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