Mock Peach Mint Juleps
2 cans 14 oz Del Monte sliced peaches in heavy syrup, not drained
40 fresh mint leaves, stems removed, plus more for garnish
2 cups chilled strong tea
2 cups ginger ale or club soda
¼ tsp. vanilla extract, optional
- Empty peach cans into a blender; cover and blend until smooth.
- Pour 1 cup of peach puree in a large pitcher with mint leaves. Using a wooden spoon, “muddle” or press down on the mint leaves until bruised and fragrant, about 30 seconds.
- Stir in remaining peach puree, tea, ginger ale and vanilla, if desired. Pour over ice in glasses and garnish with additional mint.
VARIATION: To make Peach Mint Juleps, prepare recipe as directed, except omit tea and vanilla and add 2 cups bourbon.