- 1/2 cup sugar, plus extra for dipping
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Oil, for grill
- 8 lemons, halved
- 4 to 6 cups club soda, to taste
- 3 sprigs fresh mint
- A splash of bourbon or gin (optional)
Bring sugar, honey and water to a boil. Simmer for 5 minutes and remove from the heat. Stir in vanilla and cool (this can be done up to 3 days ahead).
Preheat grill to medium-high. Lightly oil grates.
Dip each lemon half, cut side down, in sugar. Place lemons on the grill, cut side down, and cook until caramelized, about 5 minutes. Cool and squeeze lemons through a strainer into a pitcher. Stir in sugar syrup, club soda, mint, ice and a few of the squeezed grilled lemons. Add a splash of bourbon, for the grown-ups.