Snapple Iced Tea (Lemon Flavor)
Here’s a quick and easy recipe for the brand of ice tea that hit the market and quickly blew away competitors Lipton and Nestea. Between 1988 and 1992 Snapple tea sales increased a whopping 1,300 percent. And if you like Snapple ice tea, you’ll find this recipe will save you some cash. While a 16-ounce bottle of Snapple tea costs around $1.00, this top secret clone cost about 15 cents — for the same amount.
2 quarts (8 cups) water
3 Lipton tea bags (orange pekoe and pekoe cut black tea blend)
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons lemon juice
1. Boil the water in a large saucepan over high heat.
2. When the water comes to a rapid boil, turn off the heat, put the tea bags into the water, and cover.
3. After the tea has steeped about 1 hour, pour the sugar into a 2-quart pitcher, then add the tea. The tea should still be warm, so the sugar will dissolve easily.
4. Add the lemon juice. Chill. (http://www.topsecretrecipes.com)
Makes 2 quarts.
(Check the book More Top Secret Recipes for 4 other flavors of this clone for Snapple Iced Tea, including orange, strawberry, cranberry and diet lemon!)