By Carl Hanson
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Mmm, peach 'n mint!

It's a classic, classic flavor combo that marries the sweet juiciness of the stone fruit with the refreshing and fragrant qualities of the fresh herb to create something altogether unique and enticing on the palate. So good and good for you. Yes, the time is right to get your fill of peach and mint, together forever in these top-rated recipes.

For peach salads and salsas and so forth, choose fresh peaches -- they're at their best from May to October. Use frozen peaches in the off-season for whirling about in fruit smoothies and other fun, healthy recipes. You can find fresh mint in the grocery stores most of the year.

Perfect Peach and Mint Recipes

Let's do this thing!

Add whiskey (bourbon or rye) to peach and mint and you have a Southern triumvirate of flavor. Beyond these critical ingredients, Betty Soup describes the key to getting this recipe right: "Crushed ice, and plenty of it, is key to the julep and other smashes. It's what, in pre-freezer days, made this cocktail style seem so very indulgent."

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This summer salad features fresh peaches, leftover chicken breast meat, chopped cucumber and red onion dressed up with a vinegar, lemon juice, sugar, and mint vinaigrette. Add a little olive oil to the dressing if you like. Here's another Minty Peach Chicken Salad with a peach and avocado salsa that you serve on lettuce-lined plates.

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A bourbon cocktail with grilled peaches and fresh mint will be the smash hit of the season. "Peaches are incredibly delicious caramelized on the grill and muddled with your favorite bourbon, grilled lemon, and mint," says Matt Wencl. "Strain over ice, make a toast to good times, and enjoy this totally smashing refreshment with a good friend."

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Fresh peaches, peach schnapps, white wine, mint leaves, sugar, spices, and half-and-half are cooked, cooled, blended together, and chilled to peachy perfection. "WOW! Super delicious!" raves luvfood. "Topped with vanilla yogurt like other reviewers stated. Served as dessert -- awesome, awesome, awesome!"

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The perfect antidote to the summer swelter. This non-alcoholic peach 'n mint drink will cool you down fast. The secret surprise? Cucumbers. They really add to the refreshment. Pop a pitcher in the fridge to chill.

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