When I daydream of summer, I think of lazy afternoons at the lake house, cold drinks on the water, and colorful salads in the backyard. When enjoying an alfresco meal with friends and family, I like to have a pitcher of iced tea on hand to keep everyone hydrated and happy. The combination of slow-brewed green tea, juicy ripe peaches, and mint is nourishing on its own as an afternoon tonic, or you can spike it up for a special occasion with a dry white wine. For the best flavor, give the tea and peaches at least 5 hours to get acquainted — the flavors will only improve with time.
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In a pitcher or large mason jar, combine the tea bags, mint, and peaches. Use a wooden spoon to muddle the mint and smash the peaches into small chunks.
Add the maple syrup and water. Squeeze the lemon wedge into the pitcher before dropping it in. Refrigerate for at least 5 hours or up to 2 days. Strain the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve into a wide-mouthed pitcher or bowl (discard the solids). Taste and add more sweetener if desired.
Fill 2-4 glasses with ice and divide the sangria among them. Top with a splash of wine if desired. Garnish with the lemon slices (if using). Sip and reenergize!
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