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.


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!)
4.99 from 61 votes
Servings 1


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


  • 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 62 Comments

  1. Vickie nedrow

    5 stars
    Loved the Grapefruit Honey Iced Tea.It tasted great and had everything to make it.🥰

  2. Stephaniiekc

    5 stars
    This recipe is so easy to make and so refreshing!! Perfect for the summer.

    1. Ekim

      did you keep the tea bag in it until cooled or steep it for 4-6 minutes before removing and then cooling?

  3. Kelly Lee

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

  4. 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. 🤌🏼

  5. jose arrizon

    5 stars

  6. Efren

    5 stars
    This was so delicious and refreshing!

  7. Tracy Hart Atri

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

  8. 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

  9. Lisa Ong

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

  10. 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!

    1. Angie James West

      5 stars
      I made this last night because I’m always looking out for new tea recipes since that’s what I mostly drink. I loved it! so refreshing and easy to control the level of sweetness to my taste.

  11. 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. 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

  12. Christine

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

  13. Jonny vuong

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

  14. 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!

  15. Brandon

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

  16. Alissa

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

  17. 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!!

  18. MaiBee Her

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

  19. @Lopezmelinna

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

    Love your work 💗

  20. 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!

    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!!!

  21. 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. 🩷💕

  22. Vivian Huh

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

  23. Anabell

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

  24. yooly

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

  25. 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.

  26. @_rachelkim

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

  27. Emily

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

  28. Valerie

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

  29. 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!

  30. Jocey

    5 stars
    I love your recipes and I love a good copycat recipe to help save my wallet! THANK YOU!

  31. 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!

  32. Lila

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

  33. Natalia

    5 stars
    One of the first videos I’ve seen on Instagram and I absolutely loved this recipe!!!

    1. Maria Regina Tullo @tullomama

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

  34. Sandra Duong

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

  35. @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.

  36. Lan Lecour

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

  37. Tina

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

  38. Diana

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

  39. 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

  40. Anonymous

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

  41. Jessica Peredo

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

  42. 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!!

  43. Christie Vo

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

  44. 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!

  45. Janelle

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

  46. Anonymous

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

  47. 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 🔥 🔥 🔥

  48. Claudia

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

  49. 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! 🫶

  50. @chuycrystal

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

  51. Angela

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

  52. 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.

  53. Lvsweets

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

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