In 1995 when I cloned Snapple iced teas in More Top Secret Recipes, I picked several varieties of the tea and used either concentrated juices or extracts for the fruity essence. Since that time, Snapple was sold to Quaker and the less popular flavors were retired to the land of the dead foods. But a clone for one of the most popular flavors of ice tea eluded me back then, since there was no common extract or juice concentrate to turn to for that flavor. Bummer too, since Snapple's raspberry iced tea is a top seller. Today, thanks to the popularity of flavored coffee drinks, flavored syrups can be found in supermarkets. The most common brand is Torani. Get some of the raspberry flavor and you can clone this secret recipe for a fraction of the cost of the real thing.
Source: Top Secret Recipes: Sodas, Smoothies, Spirits & Shakes by Todd Wilbur.
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- 2 quarts (8 cups) water
- 3 Lipton tea bags (orange pekoe)
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/3 cup bottled lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons Torani raspberry flavoring syrup
- Do This
1. Bring the water to a rapid boil in a large saucepan.
2. Turn off the heat, add the tea bags, and steep for 1 hour.
3. Pour the sugar into a 2-quart pitcher, then add the tea. The water will still be hot and the sugar will dissolve easily.
4. Add the lemon juice and raspberry syrup, then cover and chill.
Makes 2 quarts.