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Lipton Diet Green Tea with Citrus Recipe
Lipton Diet Green Tea with Citrus
By Todd Wilbur

Recipe Type: Drink
Calories: 65
Cook Time: 9 minutes
Recipe Rating: 4.4 (14 reviews)

I was having trouble getting the flavors just right for Lipton's bottled diet green tea, which has become such a big seller these days. Real lime juice wasn't cutting it, nor were any of the extracts or oils I tried. Then, one day, I stumbled onto a new product called True Lime. It's a crystallized lime substitute that's made with lime juice and lime oil, and it comes in 2.85-ounce bottles or in boxes of 40 packets. It can be found in the baking aisle of your local supermarket, and it can be used for cooking wherever lime juice is required, or you can dissolve it in beverages. Had I found my secret ingredient? After some experimenting, I discovered that the citric acid in True Lime adds just the right amount of acidic tang that we need for a clone that tastes like the original product (which also contains citric acid). Success! To make your own version of this popular bottled green tea, simply pour some boiling water over a couple green tea bags, add the other ingredients listed below, and you'll soon have a home-brewed clone of Lipton's hit drink. Calories not included.

Source: "Top Secret Recipes Unlocked" by Todd Wilbur.

4 cups boiling water
2 green tea bags (Lipton brand is best)
2 1/2 teaspoons Equal (10 single-serving packets)
1 1/4 teaspoons True Lime
1/4 teaspoon orange extract

1. Pour the boiling water over the tea bags and steep for 1 hour.

2. Combine the tea and remaining ingredients in a pitcher, whisk to dissolve the Equal, and chill well before serving.

Makes 1 quart.

Great! But needs adjusting
Submitted on: 05/30/13
So I made the tea the first time exactly how it says, and it was good but just too orangey. It overpowered all the other flavor. So the next time I put half the amount of the orange extract and it was AMAZING!
Submitted on: 04/01/09
That was great. Even better from the original.
Submitted on: 09/06/07
I have used two boxes of true lime and also two boxes of the tea and I think it is great. To me it taste better that the real stuff. I make it every couple days. Thanks for the recipe.
Submitted on: 08/21/07
Recipe is great but only steep tea for the one hour. I let it sit & it was too strong.
Submitted on: 08/08/07
I made this and blind tested it with 4 people. They all liked this better than the original!!!! (They thought IT had to be the original!)
Submitted on: 07/22/07
Delicious! I drink a lot of Lipton Iced Green Tea, but balked at paying $1+ for a 12 oz. bottle. I bought the ingredients and made a double batch and it tasted great -- for a lot less money.
Submitted on: 06/19/07
This tea is awful. Even tweaking the recipe didn't help. It doesn't taste like the bottled version at all.
Submitted on: 02/20/07
This is an awesome drink! I've made it twice already and given out the recipe to 3 people! I'm finding that True Lime isn't the easiest thing to find but the box lasts awhile so I'll just have to stock up! Thank you for a great recipe.
Submitted on: 02/14/07
I love this recipe. It is simple and very tasty.
Submitted on: 02/14/07
I just tried the tea last week for the first time, and I was wishing for a way to make it at home. And there it was!!! And it's easy and great!! I am happy, happy, happy!
Submitted on: 02/14/07
I love this recipe and yes, it tastes just like the bottled version which costs so much more! Thanks Todd.
Submitted on: 02/10/07
I have a 3 year old grandson who loves, Litpton Green tea, but with the cost, he does not get it all the time. Now, his mother can make it with Splenda, which the doctors say is best for him and it will be cheaper to make.Thanks
Submitted on: 02/07/07
True Lime is truly a great find! True Lemon is also found in our area grocery stores. Easy and simple recipe!
Submitted on: 02/05/07
The nice thing about a recipe like this is you can choose real sugar instead of artificial sweetener, and add to taste, instead of having to settle for something too sweet (or not) for your taste. I have True Lemon and might try using that instead of the lime.