Friday Happy Hour: South Seas Sling

The Singapore Sling is a pretty solid cocktail. It’s sweet and tart and complex and layered, and it tends to get lumped into the family of “Tiki drinks.” But there’s a lot of aficionados of classic Tiki who dispute the Singapore Sling’s status as a Tiki drink: it was invented in Singapore (naturally) probably around the turn of the 20th Century or so, and not in the heartland of classic Tiki culture, California, in the 1940s and 1950s, when guys like Don the Beachcomber and Trader Vic were inventing drinks like the Zombie and the Jet Pilot. And you know what? Nitpicking over the status of a drink seems like one of the least Tiki things you can do. Just saying. So here’s a variation on the Singapore Sling that pays homage to the layered, tropical, spicy flavors of the original, the South Seas Sling. – Andrew

South Seas Sling Tiki Cocktail Recipe / Liquorary for Oh So Beautiful Paper

The South Seas Sling

1 oz American Gin
1 oz St-Germain
1 oz Benedictine
1 oz Pineapple Juice
1/2 oz Lime Juice

Combine all the ingredients in a shaker filled with ice and shake gently. Strain into a highball glass filled with fresh ice and garnish with fresh fruit and flowers. Enjoy!

South Seas Sling Tiki Cocktail Recipe / Liquorary for Oh So Beautiful Paper

(In general, drinks like this served over ice – which will melt, adding more water to the drink – should only be shaken gently and for less time than you’d use for a drink served straight up. Your goal is to mix up the booze and fruit juice but avoid diluting the drink too much.)

The original Singapore Sling is a wondrous mix of sweet and sour and complex, vaguely medicinal botanicals. This version replaces the dry gin with an American gin, like Hendricks, which emphasize other botanicals alongside juniper. It also replaces the original’s cherry liqueur with St-Germain’s floral fruitiness. The result is a softer, fruitier, and snappier drink than the original.

We left the original’s Benedictine – a sweet, enormously complex herbal liqueur – alone. It seems like an odd choice for a Tiki drink, since Benedictine tends to turn up more in boozy, old school drinks like the Vieux Carre. But the uniqueness of the Singapore Sling as a Tiki drink seems to hinge on its unusual pairing of all these complex botanical flavors with the big tropical fruit flavors.

South Seas Sling Tiki Cocktail Recipe / Liquorary for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Pineapple is a nice complement to these flavors, but a bit of lime lends a really necessary acidity; we tried a version without lime that ended up very limp. So don’t forget the lime and, in general, remember that an unbalanced recipe can often benefit from a touch of acid that can cut through and clarify a jumbled flavor profile.

So is the South Seas Sling – and its predecessor, the Singapore Sling – a Tiki drink? It’s fun and fruity and builds layers of complex flavors, all of which make it Tiki in my book. But ultimately, policing drinks is for squares. Don’t be a square. Just have fun.

(Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram, where we’ve been posting our experiments before they make their way onto this column!)

Glassware by Liquorary

Photo Credits: Nole Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Happy (Early) Weekend!

I know, I know – it’s only Thursday! But I’ve been solo parenting this week while my husband is out of town, so I’m heading out a bit early to spend the day with my girls. We’ll have a cocktail post for you tomorrow afternoon (it’s SO good!), but in the meantime…

Mon Voir Watercolor World Map / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Photo by Mon Voir Calligraphy via Instagram

…a few links for your weekend!

This week on OSBP:

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! I’ll see you back here on Monday! xoxo

How to Create Calligraphy and Floral Frames

We design lots of calligraphy frames in the studio for wedding invitations, art prints, stamps… we just can’t get enough! We thought it would be fun today to show you a little bit about the process of making a frame with a pointed calligraphy pen and a brush pen. You can really explore this topic in so many variations, which is what makes it so much fun! We hope that this little lesson helps springboard you into making designs that are your own! Bailey and Emma of Antiquaria

How to Create Calligraphy and Floral Frames for Wedding Invitations and Art Prints / Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Materials

Hot press watercolor paper

Calligraphy pen, pointed nib, and Sumi ink

Brush Pen

Monogram Rubber Stamp – we used our Handwritten Calligraphy Names Monogram

Stamp Pad

Pencil

How to Create Calligraphy and Floral Frames for Wedding Invitations and Art Prints / Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

There are endless techniques you can use to make illustrated borders, and today we’re only going to dip into a few of the basics. We recommend taking a few minutes (or hours) to peruse IAMPETH, which has amazing resources and inspirations for pointed pen work, since that is the tool that we’re going to primarily use today. Most of these decorations start with a compound curve (the main stem that will border your image) and are decorated off of that curve. Here’s a little bit about each decoration:

How to Create Calligraphy and Floral Frames for Wedding Invitations and Art Prints / Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

For this plume-like decoration, you want the thick stroke (using pressure) to be on the inside, next to the main stem, as shown above. Make the little loops smaller as you go up the stem.

How to Create Calligraphy and Floral Frames for Wedding Invitations and Art Prints / Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

This decoration resembles a feather. With a pencil, draw a shape on the side of your main stem, as a guide. Then fill in the shape with light compound curves, moving up the stem.

How to Create Calligraphy and Floral Frames for Wedding Invitations and Art Prints / Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

This simple little leaf decoration just has arches up the side of the stem. In the middle of each, we drew in little dots.

How to Create Calligraphy and Floral Frames for Wedding Invitations and Art Prints / Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

The abstract floral border is done off of a pencil line, with no main stem. Start with a pencil line. Then, using a brush pen, or a small paint brush and ink, make little petal shapes up the pencil line.

How to Create Calligraphy and Floral Frames for Wedding Invitations and Art Prints / Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Next, add in your leaves.

How to Create Calligraphy and Floral Frames for Wedding Invitations and Art Prints / Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Lastly, add in some details with your calligraphy pen. Outline around the shapes to define them and add the centers of the abstract flowers.

Decorated Monogram. In the series of pictures below, we use the above techniques (specifically the abstract floral border) to embellish one of our Monogram Stamps (our Handwritten Calligraphy Names Monogram). You could do the same thing around an invitation, single initial monogram or to address an envelope!

How to Create Calligraphy and Floral Frames for Wedding Invitations and Art Prints / Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

How to Create Calligraphy and Floral Frames for Wedding Invitations and Art Prints / Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

How to Create Calligraphy and Floral Frames for Wedding Invitations and Art Prints / Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

How to Create Calligraphy and Floral Frames for Wedding Invitations and Art Prints / Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

How to Create Calligraphy and Floral Frames for Wedding Invitations and Art Prints / Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

How to Create Calligraphy and Floral Frames for Wedding Invitations and Art Prints / Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Calligraphy Wall Art. After lettering a phrase, we decorated the border using the same pointed pen that it was written with (mainly the plume technique). Alternatively, you could use a fine tip Micron pen to draw any of the lettering or borders that we’ve shown here. You could also use color or gold to embellish your work!

How to Create Calligraphy and Floral Frames for Wedding Invitations and Art Prints / Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

How to Create Calligraphy and Floral Frames for Wedding Invitations and Art Prints / Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

How to Create Calligraphy and Floral Frames for Wedding Invitations and Art Prints / Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

How to Create Calligraphy and Floral Frames for Wedding Invitations and Art Prints / Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

How to Create Calligraphy and Floral Frames for Wedding Invitations and Art Prints / Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

How to Create Calligraphy and Floral Frames for Wedding Invitations and Art Prints / Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

How to Create Calligraphy and Floral Frames for Wedding Invitations and Art Prints / Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

How to Create Calligraphy and Floral Frames for Wedding Invitations and Art Prints / Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

We hope you have tons of fun playing around with the techniques! Be sure to show us your interpretation on Instagram by tagging us @antiquariadesign! We can’t wait to see what you come up with.

Vivid Watercolor 21st Birthday Party Invitations

These bright and colorful watercolor invitations from Ashley Bush Lettering and Design are so fun for a 21st birthday party! And those envelopes? OMG. Ashley used masking fluid and a bright swash of paint to create the most amazing resist technique in the address. Love love love!

Colorful Watercolor Birthday Party Invitations by Ashley Bush Lettering and Design / Oh So Beautiful Paper

From AshleyThis collection was for a 21st birthday celebration! The concept was bright watercolor fun with a big emphasis on the envelopes! I started with the invitation design: I hand painted the multi-colored splash and finalized the design in Photoshop. I also created some custom brush-lettering for the front and back of her invitations.

Colorful Watercolor Birthday Party Invitations by Ashley Bush Lettering and Design / Oh So Beautiful Paper

We carried the colorful painted look right onto the envelopes, but instead of making every envelope the same color scheme I decided to mix and match, utilizing all of the fun colors from the invitation!

Colorful Watercolor Birthday Party Invitations by Ashley Bush Lettering and Design / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Colorful Watercolor Birthday Party Invitations by Ashley Bush Lettering and Design / Oh So Beautiful Paper

The black envelopes gave just the right pop for the bright colors. Using a small, fine-tip brush I lettered the names on the envelopes in masking fluid, brushed the paint on, and finished the address with a white Gelly Roll pen! You can see a video of this process here and if you want to try lettering with masking fluid you can follow my step-by-step tutorial.

Colorful Watercolor Birthday Party Invitations by Ashley Bush Lettering and Design / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Thanks Ashley!

Photo Credits: Ashley Bush Lettering and Design