I found this quote on Pinterest this week and it struck such a chord with me. I began to think about all of the creative moments of inspiration I have had in the past year or so and they all came when I was just doing the work of design. Researching, brainstorming, looking at hundreds and hundreds of images and then it strikes like lightening. The idea forms and the details come one after another and make my heart start to beat faster. It’s part of what I love about this job. Seeing it all come together is just icing on the cake…and a remarkable team surrounding me.
I would love to hear your thoughts about design and how you glean insight and inspiration in your own work.
I love iced tea and this recipe takes the essence of summer and distills it down into a glass. One sip and you will be smitten.
Peach Basil Iced Tea
inspired by Toast on Market
Your favorite black tea for brewing iced tea*
1.5 quarts cold water
12 large basil leaves plus additional for garnish
1 cup peach syrup**
Place tea and basil leaves in a 2 quart pitcher. Heat 1 quart of water in a kettle. When boiling, remove from heat and pour over tea and basil. Steep tea and basil leaves for 3-4 minutes. Remove tea bags and leaves. Add peach syrup to pitcher and allow to cool. Serve over ice with basil leaves and a section of peach as garnish.
*I usually use twice as much tea as recommended and steep for half as long. I find that I want the strength, but not the bitterness that comes from a long steep. Also the basil will become more bitter the longer it steeps.
1 cup cold water
1/4 cup sugar
1 medium peach, very ripe, quartered
Place peach and sugar in a pan and muddle the peach. Add water and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and steep for 30 minutes. I do not like my iced tea that sweet and the peach adds sweetness, so I have cut the sugar to 1/4 cup in this recipe. If you like your tea sweeter, feel free to up the sugar amount.