Summer in the South is synonymous with a tall, icy-cold glass of sweet tea or lemonade. Prepare this Southern classic with grilled lemons to add a smoky twist. Photo credit: Monet Moutrie from Anecdotes and Apple Cores.
Grill lemon halves, cut-sides down, over medium heat 5 to 6 minutes or until lightly charred. Grill peach wedges over medium heat 1 to 2 minutes per side or until lightly charred. Set peaches aside. Squeeze juice from lemon halves to yield 1/2 cup juice.
Bring 4 cups water to boil in medium saucepan. Add tea bags and mint. Let steep 10 minutes. Discard tea bags and mint leaves. Add sugar; stir until dissolved.
Pour tea into large pitcher. Add 3 cups cold water and lemon juice; mix well. Add grilled peaches. Pour into ice-filled beverage glasses.
Test Kitchen Tips:
• For an added kick, stir in 1/2 cup bourbon whiskey with the cold water.
• To prepare with frozen lemonade concentrate, omit grilled lemons. Decrease sugar to 1/2 cup in the tea. Add 1 container (6 ounces) lemonade concentrate to the pitcher with the cold water.