Snapple was selling juices for five years, since 1982, before the fruity line of teas was rolled out. Just five years after that, Snapple was selling more tea in the U.S. than Lipton or Nestea. Today, even though Snapple sells over 50 different bottle beverages, the iced teas are still the most successful products in the line. But not all the fruity flavors of tea were hits. Cranberry, strawberry, and orange are now extinct, so those flavors can only be enjoyed by making versions of your own at home with these simple formulas.
Source: Top Secret Recipes: Sodas, Smoothies, Spirits & Shakes by Todd Wilbur.
- 2 quarts (8 cups) water
- 2 Lipton tea bags
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon bottled lemon juice
- 3 tablespoons Torani peach flavoring syrup
1. Bring water to a rapid boil in a large sauce pan.
2. Turn off heat, add tea bags, cover saucepan and let the tea steep for 1 to 2 hours.
3. Pour the sugar into a 2-quart pitcher, and then add the tea. The water will still be warm and the sugar should dissolve easily.
4. Add the lemon juice and fruit flavoring ingredients. Stir, cover and chill.
Makes 2 quarts.
Alternate clone: Rather than Torani peach flavoring use one 12-ounce can Kern's peach nectar, and 3 tablespoons lemon juice instead of 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon lemon juice.
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