I tried this a couple of ways and compared the result against a bought bottle of the real stuff: I used Splenda in place of the sugar with great results(good option for diabetics), but will say that the corn syrup versions yield a result much closer to "Snapple" than that achieved with Splenda. Made the Lemon, Orange and the Cranberry. We added a little extra cranberry concentrate to punch up the flavor to our liking... but the beauty of this recipe is that you can adjust the flavors VERY easily with good results. I was a little skeptical about steeping the tea for such a long time because that usually yields bitter tea... but the slightly acrid tang is exactly what Snapple has, so I'll say, "Well done!" and Thanks for sharing this versatile recipe.
This was pretty good, but like one of the other reviewers, I couldn't taste the orange flavor. The lemon juice over powered it. I also did not brew the tea for one hour as I don't like it that strong. Will try this again with more orange flavor. Made for Comfort Cafe Winter 2010.
Oh man, is this good! Had the lemon recipe from TSR website but lost it in a move and haven't had this in over a year. Never tried the cranberry til now. Added half a T lime juice that I needed to use, and instead of juice concentrate, I just topped off the tea with a cran-raspberry juice from a bottle. Used Splenda instead of sugar. This is so good I'm sipping on it out of a cup while it's still warm while the rest chills in the fridge. Thank you for putting this recipe up so I could make it! UPDATE: Try adding a 1/4 t of orange kool-aid powder for the orange flavor if you don't have extract. Just tried it that way and it's fantastic!
Let me tell you how I made the Lemon tea..First off I had one bag of caffeinated tea and the rest were decaf..so I ended up using one bag caffeinated with two decaf...the next thing is that the lemon juice I had expired in November (bad, I know!), but I said to heck with it and used it anyways..I also used Splenda instead of sugar. So if I messed up the recipe that bad and it still tasted good then that to me means this is one darn good recipe! And much cheaper than buying Snapple
I made the Lemon Iced Tea and I think it tastes really good. Nice job!
This is a very good recipe and very economic. I had lime juice instead of lemon juice and the recipe turned out fantastic. Even my daughter liked it.
I followed the recipe using generic brand orange pekoe tea bags, sugar and freshly squeezed lemon juice.It was soooooooooo good.Then I made it again adding 1/8tspn pure orange extract-couldnt taste the orange at all...so I kept adding more extract 1/8tspn at a time and finally could taste the orange at 1 tspn-not a strong orange taste but faintly there. In any case, the recipe is awesome and I have made it 4 times in the past day and a half and the pitcher is empty again! I squeezed my lemons and froze the juice so its handy...will be trying the no sugar version soon.THANK YOU so much for sharing!
Extra easy and delicious!!! I was blown away by this clone recipe. Thanks for sharing :)
I found the lemon flavor recipe on topsecretrecipes a few years ago. It really is just like Snapple except SO much cheaper! My friends were amazed to find out this was not the stuff from the jars, the taste has been duplicated so precisely. I use sugar rather than corn syrup but really need to try the diet version after all the Zaar cooking I've done lately. Can't wait to try to other versions! Thanks, JustaQT, for posting!
I got the Lemon Ice Tea recipe from TopSecretRecipes.com a few years ago. I always make this version with sugar. Will defiantely try it with Corn Syrup next time. I have also exchanged the Lemon for Lime, and it is delicious! Can't wait to try the other versions!! Thanks!!