Friday Happy Hour: A Ramos Aviation Fizz

Okay, so technically it’s July, but we couldn’t resist closing out our month of fizzy drinks with a real doozy. The Ramos Gin Fizz is a classic drink that hearkens back to the 1880s, a relic of a time when you could reasonably field an assembly line of bartenders to shake this labor-intensive drink. But it’s sublime and, it turns out, a fantastic template for cocktail mash-ups. So we took two of our favorites, the Ramos Gin Fizz and the Aviation, and jammed them together, and made something wonderful: a Ramos Aviation Fizz. Plus, it’s a wonderful shade of lavender. Andrew

Ramos Aviation Fizz Cocktail Recipe / Liquorary for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Ramos Aviation Fizz

2 oz Dry Gin
1 oz Lemon Juice
1 oz Heavy Cream
3/4 oz Creme de Violette
1/2 oz Orgeat

1 Egg White
1/2 tsp Orange Blossom Water
Soda Water

Combine everything except the soda water in a cocktail shaker and add one or two big ice cubes – the bigger the better. Shake until the ice cubes have completely melted, a minute or two, and then keep shaking for another minute. Strain into a highball glass and add the soda water until the foam pops out of the glass a bit. Drop in a straw and enjoy!

Ramos Aviation Fizz Cocktail Recipe / Liquorary for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Ok, so that’s a bit of work. It’s a lot of ingredients and quite a bit of shaking, but it’s worth it. All that shaking helps emulsify the acidic lemon juice and heavy cream (and only heavy cream will work here), whipping up a foam that should be stiff and merengue-like. It’s a drink that’s at once floral, silky and rich, gently sweet-tart, and zippy with carbonation.

Ramos Aviation Fizz Cocktail Recipe / Liquorary for Oh So Beautiful Paper

The Ramos Fizz is really like no other drink out there, a throw back to a sepia toned era of American drinking. The Aviation is another pre-Prohibition drink, but much more modern than the Ramos Fizz – it only dates back to the 1920s. It’s a floral, crisp gin sour featuring nutty Maraschino liqueur (which we swapped for orgeat for extra creaminess) and purple, flora Creme de Violette. This version mashes them up into an extra-floral, extra-creamy drink that feels like something a Mississippi steamboat bartender might have come up with in 1882.

Ramos Aviation Fizz Cocktail Recipe / Liquorary for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Just make sure to drink it quickly. Fizzes like this, without ice, are meant to be consumed before they warm up. That way, you can get started on your next one that much faster.

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Happy Weekend – and Happy Fourth of July!

Happy Friday everyone! And Happy (almost) Fourth of July! Do you have fun plans for the long weekend? I’m hoping to take our girls to a swimming pool for the first time in FOREVER. We took Sophie swimming when she was just a wee baby, but this will be Alice’s first swimming experience! Sophie hated swimming pools (and any large body of water, really) back then, but I’m hoping things have changed now that she’s an (almost) four year old. We’ll see! But in the meantime…

Envelopes by Lauren Essl (Blue Eye Brown Eye Calligraphy) via Oh So Beautiful Paper

Envelopes by Lauren Essl (aka Blue Eye Brown Eye Calligraphy) from the #dailydoseofpaper feed on Instagram!

…a few links for your weekend:

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That’s it for me this week! Check back in a bit for this week’s cocktail recipe – it’s a REALLY good one! Have a fantastic holiday weekend and I’ll see you back here on Tuesday! xoxo

Fourth of July Cocktail Recipes!

We’ve made countless summer cocktails over the years (you can find all of our cocktail recipes here!), but with the Fourth of July coming up on Monday I thought I’d share a few of my very favorite recipes. It was hard to pick just a few favorites. Summer cocktails are full of wonderful, refreshing things like fresh fruit, mint and basil, and soda water. And then there are Tiki drinks with big tropical flavors! Well, it’s good to have options, right?? Consider this your menu for Fourth of July cocktail recipes and pretty much every weekend for the rest of the summer.

Fourth of July Cocktail Recipes / Oh So Beautiful Paper

1. Summer was made for smashes (aka cocktails with lots of muddled fruit), so there are several making an appearance on this list. The first one – a Blackberry Tequila Smash – tastes like a fun and fruity spin on a margarita.

2. You can’t go wrong with a Classic Mojito during the summer. Mint, rum, lime juice, and soda water = perfection on a hot and sunny day.

3. I’m kind of obsessed with turning cocktails into snow cones – especially for parties! Tiki drinks are perfect for cocktail snow cones, like this Zombie Snow Cone with like twelve different kinds of rum.

4. This Sage-Lime Tequila Smash is a light and refreshing cocktail – and a nice alternative to mint!

5. The Classic Mai Tai is a favorite in our household. Did you know that yesterday was National Mai Tai Day? There’s still time for a belated celebration this weekend!

6. We’ve only done one milkshake cocktail so far – this Boozy Piña Colada Milkshake – but this one was so good, I feel like we need to do a few more, STAT!

7. One of our all time FAVORITE cocktail recipes: the Orange-Vanilla Bean Scotch Smash. It doesn’t have your typical summer flavor profile, but this recipe is so good you’ll want to drink it all year long.

8. For any whiskey fans, here’s a Basil-Mint Peach Bourbon Smash that mixes oaky Bourbon with peaches and refreshing basil and mint leaves!

p.s. Even more Summer (and Fourth of July) cocktail recipes from last year’s round up right here!

Etsy Open Call 2016!

Last year, I had the opportunity to attend (as press) the inaugural installment of an event organized by Etsy Wholesale called Open Call. The Open Call 2015 was a one-day event at Etsy Headquarters that gave a select group of both new and seasoned Etsy artists and designers the opportunity to pitch their lines face-to-face to a select group of retail partners, including Nordstrom, The Land of Nod, and Clementine. Thirty artists and designers were selected to participate in Open Call 2015, including Paper & Clay, Simply Curated, Evermore Paper Co., Earth Cadets, La Familia Green, and so many more. Well, I’m super excited to help share the news that Open Call is back for 2016! And stationery folks, there’s some SUPER exciting news: Paper Source is one of this year’s retail partners!

Etsy Open Call 2016 / Oh So Beautiful Paper

The entire roster of retail partners for Etsy Open Call 2016 is seriously impressive. Along with Paper Source, buyers from Giggle, Macy’s, Whole Foods Market and the Shop of the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum will attend Open Call 2016. All of the retail partners are committed to buying product from the Open Call 2016 designers, as well as offering constructive feedback to designers on their product lines.

Etsy Open Call: Evermore Paper Co. / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Evermore Paper Co. from Open Call 2015

Etsy Open Call: Fernweh Woodworking / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Fernweh Woodworking from Open Call 2015

Open Call 2016 will kick off at Etsy’s Brooklyn headquarters on Monday, August 22 with educational workshops for participating designers, followed by panel discussions led by internal experts from Etsy’s Manufacturing, Wholesale and Seller Development teams. On Tuesday, August 23, designers will pitch their lines to the Retail Partners and select independent boutiques from around the country. A few lucky designers will even win “Golden” purchase orders (“Golden POs”) from the Retail Partners and have their lines picked up by that retailer for the holiday shopping season! HGTV Magazine’s Lifestyle Director, Jodi Kahn, will also award one seller with the “Designer to Watch” title and feature their designs on hgtvmagonline.com.

Etsy Open Call 2016 / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Etsy Open Call 2016 / Oh So Beautiful Paper

It’s seriously such a great opportunity for any independent designers and artists, but especially those of you in the stationery community! Applications are due by July 14, so you’ll need to act fast! Designers can apply to the Etsy Open Call 2016 program right here and then share product images via Instagram and Twitter tagging the retailer they’re interested in and using the #EtsyOpenCall hashtag. You can read more about Etsy Open Call 2016 here and read interviews with last year’s sellers on the Etsy Wholesale blog here and here.

Good luck everyone!

Printable 4th of July Calligraphy Art Print

With the 4th of July just a few days away, you could be like me and scrambling for all of the red, white, and blue things you can find, eat, or wear… or, you could actually be prepared and ready to go for your festive celebration. Either way, we have one little extra that you absolutely must download and print this year: a printable 4th of July calligraphy art print to celebrate the land of the free and the home of the brave. It’s the perfect finishing touch for your BBQs, picnics, and other celebrations this holiday weekend! –Lauren

Land of the Free and Home of the Brave Printable 4th of July Calligraphy Art Print / A Fabulous Fete for Oh So Beautiful Paper

I created this printable with multiple uses in mind – but the top of my list would be for decorating your table or bart cart with a framed version! Add in a colorful red, white, and blue garland, a delicious cocktail or two, and maybe even some fresh white flowers and you have yourself a good looking 4th of July display. But don’t feel like you’re limited to just the 4th of July holiday weekend – this print can be displayed all summer or even all year long. There are even two colors to choose from: a traditional blue or a softer coral. Land of the Free and Home of the Brave Printable 4th of July Calligraphy Art Print / A Fabulous Fete for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Choose and download your favorite from the two files below, then print on a letter size sheet of white paper or card stock. To display, either pop the print into an 8″ x 10″ frame or simply hang on the wall with a few strips of washi tape. Easy!

Land of the Free and Home of the Brave Printable 4th of July Calligraphy Art Print / A Fabulous Fete for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Land of the Free and Home of the Brave Printable 4th of July Calligraphy Art Print / A Fabulous Fete for Oh So Beautiful Paper

DOWNLOAD THE BLUE PRINTABLE | DOWNLOAD THE CORAL PRINTABLE

Printable artwork © Lauren Saylor of A Fabulous Fete and created exclusively for Oh So Beautiful Paper. All artwork is created for personal use only and may not be altered, reproduced, or sold in any way without prior written consent.

Photo Credits: Lauren Saylor of A Fabulous Fete for Oh So Beautiful Paper