Customize Your Starbucks Tea By Mixing Flavors

If you are a fan of Starbucks' line of tea offerings, you are probably familiar with their wide range of available flavors, from a classic Chai to a refreshing Honey Citrus Mint. But if none of the existing menu options suit your palate, or if you are simply craving something new, you can easily create a custom tea flavor. All you have to do is ask to combine two different tea bags in one cup.

While Starbucks' tall cups only include one tea bag, the larger sizes (grande and venti) use two. When ordering a specific tea, it's assumed that both bags will be the same flavor, but you can request the second be a different flavor than the first. This quick and simple change allows you to blend two flavors to create something entirely unique, and it's on the simple side as special drink requests go, so you don't have to worry about stressing out your local barista.

Best flavors to combine

You can use this trick with most of Starbucks' hot brewed teas, provided they are not only served as lattes. These include Chai, Earl Grey, Royal English Breakfast, Emperor's Clouds and Mist, Honey Citrus Mint Tea, Jade Citrus Mint Tea, Mint Majesty, and Peach Tranquility. As expected, any of the mint teas will pair well together given their similar flavor profiles, but the Emperor's Clouds and Mist green tea — which have a sweet and earthy taste — would give these mint options an extra layer of complexity. We also recommend a blend of Chai and Royal English Breakfast tea, as the spices in the former complement the dark and malty flavors of the latter.

Of course, you can also add other ingredients to further enhance your beverage. A splash of milk can make your new invention extra creamy, while the addition of ice and lemonade will turn your creation into an extra unique Arnold Palmer. A pump of the right flavored syrup can also be a perfect final touch. You can even ask your baristas for ideas about interesting customizations since they've probably seen a few folks stumble onto the idea.