Grapefruit Honey Iced Tea (Starbucks Asia Copycat)

I LOVE grapefruit flavored anything. This recipe is inspired by a drink I had at Starbucks in Korea last year- the Iced Shaken Honey Ruby Grapefruit Black Tea. So delicious!! But only available at Starbucks in Asia. Womp. 

It’s ok though, I recreated it at home and it’s just as delicious!

I recommend making grapefruit honey cheong (Korean style fruit syrup) for this drink because of its convenience (especially if you’re going to make this drink as often as I do). It stores well and develops better flavor than making it fresh in my opinion! You can make my recipe here.

Ingredients 

Method #1 

  • Grapefruit honey cheong- quick and convenient to use and stores well, but it does take a little work to make it. Use my recipe here.

  • Black tea– recommend earl grey but use whatever you like!

  • Ice- crushed filtered ice

 Method #2

  • Grapefruit- option to use just the juice if you don’t like pulp. If using the pulp, you need to remove as much of the pith and membrane as possible (it’s really bitter).

  • Honey– please use real honey!

  • Simple syrup- optional but highly recommended. You can use just honey if you prefer, but I think it tastes better to use both.

  • Black Tea- recommend earl grey but use whatever you like!

  • Ice- crushed filtered ice

How to make it

You can see the full recipe with instructions, ingredients, and measurements on the recipe card at the end of this post 🙂

  • Brew your black tea

  • Let the tea cool

  • Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker

  • Shake vigorously 

  • Pour into a glass and that’s it!

Grapefruit Honey Iced Tea

This is a copycat recipe for Starbucks' Iced Shaken Honey Ruby Grapefruit Black Tea (only available at Starbucks in Asia!)
5 from 139 votes
Servings 1

Ingredients
  

Method #1

  • 2-3 tbsp grapefruit honey cheong
  • 1 cup freshly brewed black tea
  • 1 cup filtered crushed ice

Method #2

  • 2 tbsp fresh grapefruit juice optional: include the pulp
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 2 tsp simple syrup
  • 1 cup freshly brewed black tea
  • 1 cup filtered crushed ice

Instructions
 

  • Brew 1 cup of black tea and let it cool.
  • Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker, shake vigorously for 5 seconds, then pour into a glass.

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This Post Has 147 Comments

  1. Veronica

    5 stars
    Love love!

    @veroincarosas

  2. Anonymous

    5 stars
    Looks like I do not need to go to Starbucks anymore!

    @jxdot

  3. Felix Yuen

    5 stars
    So refreshing and thirst quenching after a long basketball workout! – @t0efoo

  4. Nancy

    5 stars
    Can’t wait to try! @nccpan

  5. Kelly Lee

    5 stars
    2 of my most thing I drink and eat. Black tea and grapefruit. I love this, it’s so refreshing!!

    @kelliusly

  6. Sarah

    5 stars
    This drink is to die for!!! I miss having fun Asian inspired drinks that I grew up having, and this hits the spot – so easy to make, and it takes me back to summers I had in Korea. 🤌🏼

    IG – @skimfood

  7. Anonymous

    5 stars
    I love grapefruit too! I’m going to try your grapefruit honey cheong recipe! Thanks, @sands.91

  8. jose arrizon

    5 stars
    I LOVE THIS DRINK 🍹 MAKES ME FEEL REFRESHED AND REJUVENATED SPECIALLY WHEN ITS A LITTLE WARM !!

  9. Efren

    5 stars
    This was so delicious and refreshing!

  10. Tracy Hart Atri

    5 stars
    So good and refreshing! When I first saw it made, I was intrigued! The interest, paid off!
    IG- @tracyhartatri

  11. Anonymous

    5 stars
    Great recipe as always!
    IG: pepperm0nkey

  12. Sokha Yoeung

    Wow, the best drink ever! IG smyoeung

  13. Cynthia Choo

    5 stars
    Very refreshing!

  14. Jasminendennis (instagram handle)

    5 stars
    Make a huge batch of this during the week, and it usually doesn’t last! I love this recipe so so much!

    Thank you

  15. Binny

    5 stars
    refreshing and delicious @binnylovesquincy

  16. Evelyn

    5 stars
    Love thissss! So refreshing 😍

  17. John Nguyen

    5 stars
    Love all the recipes but my favorite has to be the Gamjatan! Awesome recipe!

    1. John Nguyen

      5 stars
      IG: John_Nguyen119

  18. Taylor

    5 stars
    Love this drink! So refreshing. @taylorbuoyy

  19. Lisa Ong

    5 stars
    She does a great job explaining the recipes and items needed for the recipe. I learn a lot from her.

    1. Shelly

      5 stars
      I might add a little extra honey as I love my tea & grapefruit really sweet.

      IG @Shellyketcherside

  20. Thien

    I spend too much money at boba shops. This recipe is a winner and saves me money. Thank you.

    IG: i.am.a.thien

  21. Haneka Goto

    4 stars
    I love grapefruit and this definitely has become a staple drink at my home now!! It’s easy to make, and most importantly tasty!

    IG: @gotohaneka

  22. Crystal Connell

    5 stars
    Followed this recipe and now have the best tasting summer drink recipe. Im so glad to have found your blog and instagram. My husband is half mexican and im half korean so all these recipes really have been a lifesaver and reintroduced me to korean dishes i had when i was younger that I also forgot about and love. THank you for all the hard work you do and for sharing your love for korean food and culture!

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    1. Paul Wright

      5 stars
      Oh my goodness this recipe is so fire I would definitely recommend to any of my closest friends! So easy to make definitely making it again!! Thank you so much Insta handle: PaulieWright98

  23. Crystal Connell

    5 stars
    Followed this recipe and now have the best tasting summer drink recipe. Im so glad to have found your blog and instagram. My husband is half mexican and im half korean so all these recipes really have been a lifesaver and reintroduced me to korean dishes i had when i was younger that I also forgot about and love. THank you for all the hard work you do and for sharing your love for korean food and culture!

    1. Crystal Connell

      5 stars
      IG: @crystalconnell00

    2. Paul Wright

      5 stars
      Oh my goodness this recipe is so fire I would definitely recommend to any of my closest friends! So easy to make definitely making it again!! Thank you so much

    3. Danee weiler

      this is my favorite.

  24. Christine

    5 stars
    Thiiiis!! I’ve been waiting for a recipe like this to put in my iced tea 😋
    @wuhoo_its_christine

  25. Jonny vuong

    5 stars
    Grape fruit anything, count me in! Bonus points because this is absolutely delicious and refreshing
    @_jayvees

  26. Paula Santos Crespo

    5 stars
    I love this recipe it was so refresh and restaring for me that it made me to transcend 🤣

    Ig: paaulaacristina

  27. 5 stars
    I love your drink recipes! I’ve been following you since your bartending days and always loved your concoctions! Always beautiful always fresh! Can’t wait to make this!

  28. Brandon

    5 stars
    I really like the balance of flavors for this tea. Thank you for sharing your recipe. – mrcookiemonst3r

  29. Alissa

    5 stars
    this drink has to be one of my absolute favorite who needs Starbucks when u can make it yourself TY
    @APHILLIPSGARZA

  30. Anne

    5 stars
    This is my absolute favorite, my go to drink and now I’m so happy I can make it anytime with your awesome recipe! Thanks!!
    @Ayimmo

  31. Anonymous

    5 stars
    This is my absolute favorite, my go to drink and now I’m so happy I can make it anytime with your awesome recipe! Thanks!!
    IG- Ayimmo

  32. Megan Stitzinger

    5 stars
    Super refreshing!

  33. Sean

    5 stars
    I’m such a sucker for cold refreshing drinks.
    This looks so good I have to try it out soon!

    Ig: febraizel

  34. Anonymous

    5 stars
    so good! IG: ndh002

  35. MaiBee Her

    5 stars
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  36. MaiBee Her

    5 stars
    Just made this and it was so refreshing! 🩷 #giveaway

  37. @Lopezmelinna

    5 stars
    Absolutely love this recipe. It’s the my families favorite on hot days.

    Love your work 💗

  38. Kaizen Mari

    5 stars
    I actually posted on your IG when you posted this. Grapefruit is my absolute favorite and back in the day. Starbucks had a grapefruit drink and they discontinued it. I was so sad. So when I saw you post this recipe, I immediately went to buy a bunch of grapefruits. And I’m making this tomorrow! I can’t wait!!

    Also. Thank you for the opportunity to entering the giveaway!!

    IG Handle: KaizenMari

  39. Chelsie

    5 stars
    I absolutely LOOOVE grapefruit and this really hits the spot for me! Made it last week and I think I’m addicted. Haha! This will be made every day in the summer for sure!! Thanks for sharing, going to make the grapefruit in large batches to save on the fridge!

    IG: beehappyandeatmor

    1. Anonymous

      5 stars
      I am huge fan of a good strong black tea and the grapefruit pairs quite nicely with it for this recipe! This recipe satisfies my bitter palette and has the right sweetness to balance it! LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!

      @carina.burruel

  40. Anonymous

    5 stars
    love this recipe! @stefdawg111

    1. Henry

      5 stars
      Refreshing drink recipe! @oohenrioo

  41. Gaby

    This grapefruit drink is definitely my cup of tea! I love it. Thank you 😊

    @gaby32.85

  42. Jamiely Aquisap

    5 stars
    Looks good! I must try this!!! @jamjelly01

  43. Gaby

    5 stars
    This grapefruit drink is my cup of tea for sure! 👏🏻 🍊. Thank you for this great recipe.

    @gaby32.85

  44. Anonymous

    5 stars
    So versatile- will have to make a double batch to try all your suggestions.

    @dahlia73

  45. Valerie

    5 stars
    Ahhh, this is what refreshing should look like in a dictionary😇!! I’m a tea girl 100% // @val_elsewhere.

  46. Leticia_sanchez22

    5 stars
    Truly the best citrus sensation, AHMAZING!

  47. Janet Duenas

    5 stars
    This is my favorite of your recipes
    Definitely hard to chose you have so many great ones!
    @valleygirleyyy

  48. Anonymous

    5 stars
    I Love all your Cheon recipes but this drink with the grapefruit and honey is my favorite. Thank you so much for sharing. 🩷💕 @soheed999

  49. Anonymous

    5 stars
    So refreshing! -@zeevjuk1

  50. Vivian Huh

    5 stars
    This is sooo good!! I love making this instead of spending $$$ at Starbucks!!

  51. Anabell

    5 stars
    @bites_with_bell on IG. this so easy but most importantly so tasty!!!! Everyone should try it, would be great to serve for friends

  52. Phoebe Lu

    5 stars
    Delicious
    @phoebelu_

  53. Halle

    5 stars
    Thank you for this recipe. I love this drink so much
    @halleela

  54. @cocoapecan

    5 stars
    Can’t wait to try this recipe!

    1. Jessica

      5 stars
      This sounds sooooo good. I’ll bet mint would be
      a nice addition too. Will have to experiment with pomelo tomorrow since I have that on hand!
      IG @jessjsng

  55. Nicko

    5 stars
    very refreshing recipe
    @nico_l4tte

  56. yooly

    5 stars
    pealing all the grapefruit was a pain but the flavor was amazing. my new go to drink!

  57. Jean Wang

    Leaving a comment for giveaway!

    @jeanwwang

  58. Zen

    5 stars
    This drink is too good! It brings me back to the time I taught in Korea and their grapefruit-ades that were delicious. The grapefruit is refreshing and paired with the tea makes a really good drink for any time in the day or even to quench your thirst. I have added this recipe to my rotation of drinks to make. @sen.sen.soo

  59. Anonymous

    5 stars
    Love this one! ☺️
    @karoleen7

  60. Carolyn Toscano

    5 stars
    Love this one! ☺️
    @karoleen7

  61. @_rachelkim

    5 stars
    Been drinking this on repeat but I like things less sweet so I omitted the simple syrup!

  62. Jane

    5 stars
    Love Korean recipes!

  63. Joel

    5 stars
    kmt wait to try this :))) -tipsybtchh89

  64. Anonymous

    5 stars
    Love grapefruit and I will be making this 🙂

  65. Emily

    5 stars
    in love with the sweet and tart flavors of this drink!! they’re a match made in heaven
    @eminhi

  66. Jeremy Adamowicz

    5 stars
    I wanna try this one so badly!!! Looks delicious 😋 @jer_adamowicz

  67. Valerie

    5 stars
    All your recipes are 🔥.. but this one in the summer heat 🙌🏻

    1. Judy

      so yummy 😋 @jsital123

  68. Theresa Andreano 52italian

    5 stars
    So hard to choose which recipe is my favorite ALL YOUR RECIPES ARE AWESOME

  69. Stacie.k.Swofford

    5 stars
    Another great recipe!! Thank you can’t wait to make it!!

  70. Karen

    5 stars
    Yum! This looks so refreshing! @kzyw

  71. Obed Velazquez

    5 stars
    So refreshing!! Will try to make it again!! @velazquez.obed

  72. ArthurJames97

    5 stars
    Most delicious thing I’ve ever made at home
    For me and my wife. She is currently dealing with some health issues and we are working hard to eat more homemade meals healthy meals. A homemade drink was something new for her. Thank you so much!

  73. Hyein K

    5 stars
    I also love anything grapefruit!! This looks sooo delicious and refreshing, can’t wait to try it! @hihellohyein

  74. Tina

    This drink is so refreshing! I have made it daily since finding this recipe. Highly recommend.

    @Mrs. T

  75. Anderson

    simple and awesome recipe!

    @brewmaster_anderson

  76. Anonymous

    5 stars
    Obsessed with drinks that blend citrus and tea! Love that this can be served hot or over ice.

    @dahlia73

  77. Talisa

    5 stars
    oh I KNOW this one would be super good, adding the ingredients to my list asap for tomorrow 🎉

    @talivee

  78. Hannhh

    5 stars
    Delicious!

  79. Maria De Leon

    5 stars
    This recipe has inspired me to make so delicious 🤤

    @Chuy.deleon.84

  80. Jocey

    5 stars
    @joce.rios.94 I love your recipes and I love a good copycat recipe to help save my wallet! THANK YOU!

  81. @hiii_mayyy

    5 stars
    Easy and so delicious!!

  82. Vivian (@vivlavida)

    5 stars
    My favorite drink ever! As a person who drinks cold drinks al year round, this beverage is such a good treat after a good workout! Also brings me home every time i make this!

  83. Lila

    5 stars
    Just made this at home with Pomelo and it came out amazing!

    @leeelaahundred

  84. Natalia

    5 stars
    One of the first videos I’ve seen on Instagram and I absolutely loved this recipe!!! IG: @nat.chez

  85. Leah

    5 stars
    Starbucks is getting so expensive! This is going to be my new go to drink 🙂
    Luvlahwung

  86. Carlos

    5 stars
    Torrez_cm

    1. Maria Regina Tullo @tullomama

      5 stars
      Thanks for this recipe. It’s nice that I can make this at home.

  87. Allison

    5 stars
    Love! @dear__alli

  88. Sandra Duong

    5 stars
    Just bought so many grapefruits to make this! Thanks for the recipe, can’t wait to try it!

    @nails.so.thevi

  89. Kellie

    5 stars
    Sounds and looks soo refreshing! Looking forward to drinking this on a nice & sunny day ☀️😌
    IG: 5.kellie

  90. @anthony_maraldo

    5 stars
    Love this drink! Spike it with some tequila to make a riff on a Paloma and you’ll thank me later lol. @anthony_maraldo

  91. Lan Lecour

    5 stars
    This recipe is refreshing and delicious! We live in Arizona and just harvested a massive load of citrus including grapefruit.

  92. Tina

    5 stars
    This is going to be a must all spring and summer long! 💓, @tinamaedit

  93. Nancy Dao

    5 stars
    This drink looks so refreshing!!! Would love to make it soon!

    @nancee.dao

  94. Diana

    5 stars
    Such a great way to elevate ice tea!!! Thanks for the recipe!

    @diannie8

  95. Sarah Chen

    5 stars
    LOVE THIS RECIPE!! I love anything citrusy and I prefer tea over coffee so I always appreciate new fruit tea recipes to try out and this one is so perfect <3

    _schenchen_

  96. Anonymous

    5 stars
    This looks so refreshing. Can’t wait to try this recipe! @gnos_s

    1. @devo.770

      5 stars
      So amazing and refreshing

    2. @devo.770

      5 stars
      So amazing and refreshing worthy!!!

  97. Anonymous

    5 stars
    The best drink all year long, especially after a long day.

  98. Jessica Peredo

    5 stars
    Love drinking tea this way now. The pulp is my favorite part.

  99. L

    5 stars
    I don’t like grapefruit but every so often my housemates leave one to die in our fridge. I try to be a zero waste girlie so when I saw your ig story on this gem, I made it immediately! Added it to my iced jasmine tea 2 days later and it was delicious!! Ig @inmymouf

  100. Christie Vo

    5 stars
    Such a great recipe and super simple to make!

    @christieeevo

  101. Kalu Lor

    5 stars
    Saw this on your instagram and I knew I had to try it. Omg! It was delicious. The whole fam enjoyed it. Thanks for the recipe!

  102. Janelle

    5 stars
    Yum! I have grapefruit growing in my babkyard! Can’t wait to try this. Looks so refreshing.

  103. Irishrina

    5 stars
    This is my new favorite drink, very refreshing. It also pretty ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  104. Jeanne

    5 stars
    so refreshing!

    1. Dung

      5 stars
      must try for citrus season going on now
      @byte_me_sour4_mango18

  105. Bee_camp (Bianca)

    5 stars
    Who Needs Starbucks! This is GREAT!!
    Love,

    bee_camp

    1. Susanne Ramirez

      5 stars
      No need for Starbucks when we have amazing recipes from you Stella!!!

  106. Anonymous

    5 stars
    This recipe is so good! It’s currently on repeat in my kitchen.

    @pattyy_jang

    1. Jaclyn Zarifa

      5 stars
      Delicious! @jzarifa

    2. Anonymous

      5 stars
      This looks so refreshing. Can’t wait to try this! @gnos.s

  107. judy tran

    5 stars
    amazinggg!!!!!! i love the refreshing taste of this grapefruit cheong! i have tried the apple lemon cheong but this one is 🔥 🔥 🔥

  108. Anonymous

    5 stars
    Sounds so refreshing!! @moo.moo.medows

  109. Anonymous

    5 stars
    Looks so refreshing; will definitely be making it since grapefruit is my favorite fruit.

    IG Handle: @fabiobardales

  110. Lisa makan

    5 stars
    I made this and it’s so yummy! Thank you for sharing. Love, Sahh_nakam

  111. Dora

    5 stars
    Yummmm delicious option for brunch!

    dee.pat.flo

  112. Claudia

    5 stars
    this will for ever be my favorite drink recipe 😋 I can’t have enough of it Love Love Love it 😍.

  113. icequeenmaru

    5 stars
    Okay, unfortunately, I never had the chance to try this in Starbucks Korea so I can’t compare but just from making it, this is so, so good! This was one of the recipes that I immediately saved on insta just from the thumbnail alone haha. This drink is so refreshing and perfectly sweet. And sure it is a bit of work to make the cheong but it’s so worth it! I ended up adding simple syrup to the cheong as recommended even though it was optional and it was peeeeerfect! Also I feel like you could definitely try different teas with this even though I went with what the recipe suggested (ear grey). Thank you for such a great recipe! 🫶

  114. Samantha Smith

    5 stars
    So yummy!! – @_therealsamsmith

  115. @chuycrystal

    5 stars
    Flavor is very refreshing on a hot Texas day!

  116. Angela

    5 stars
    love this recipe, so simple and so delicious! saves me so much money from buying fruit teas!

  117. JDub

    5 stars
    I made this immediately after Stella posted this recipe and let me tell you, it did not disappoint. I used pomelo grapefruit and I used a shaker just like she said and it was SO delicious. The shaking is def the most important part.

  118. Lvsweets

    5 stars
    I love this recipe. Made it for family & friends and everyone loves it too. Have been drinking it everyday since

  119. Jenluuu

    5 stars
    sooooooo easy to make and soooo delicious

  120. Jenny

    5 stars
    sooooooo easy to make and soooo delicious

    1. Esther

      5 stars
      So excited to add this to my regime when I want a sweet treat and avoid breaking the bank at Starbucks 😂
      Thank you!!
      @estheronate

    2. Portia

      5 stars
      So excited for this drink!!! Thanks for sharing! @portialoren

  121. Karla cruz

    5 stars
    Love it!!!! @my_way_or_no_wey

    1. Aby Dang

      5 stars
      I love this so much. I can drink it everyday even the cold day ( lol) . Thank you for sharing.( Dang.ab )

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