Friday Happy Hour: A Classic Mojito

Last week, we hinted at this month’s theme without coming right out and saying it: mint! Our garden is overgrown with mint. Mint is a hardy, vivacious plant; it can quickly overtake a garden if it’s not constantly pruned back. Pruned back to, say, make cocktails! And, especially this time of year, that means Mojitos. Let’s revisit the Classic Mojito, shall we?  Andrew

 Classic Mojito Cocktail Recipe by Liquorary for Oh So Beautiful Paper

A Classic Mojito

2 oz Silver Rum
3/4 oz Simple Syrup
1 oz Lime Juice
Mint
Soda Water

Add a sprig of mint and the simple syrup to a highball glass and muddle until the mint is shredded a bit but not ground to a pulp. (Don’t muddle so hard that the mint oxidizes quickly and turns brown!) Add the rum and lime juice, dropping in half a spent lime shell (a single, whole lime yields about an ounce of juice). Top with crushed ice and soda water. Give it a stir and enjoy!

Classic Mojito Cocktail Recipe by Liquorary for Oh So Beautiful Paper

The Mojito is a classic, a Cuban drink that’s basically a Daiquiri with a touch of effervescent soda water and cooling mint. So, while the Daiquiri can work as a year-round drink, the Mojito really belongs, spiritually, to the summer. A Mojito is, simply put, glorious on a hot day: sweet, cool, bright, fresh, and delicious.

Classic Mojito Cocktail Recipe by Liquorary for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Since the Mojito is a Cuban drink, think Cuban rum here. Bacardi – which started in Cuba before it moved to Puerto Rico after the revolution – makes a silver rum that’s a good fit. Now that the U.S. has finally eased the embargo on Cuba, you can also find real Cuban rum in the States again, such as Havana Club 3 Años. But, really, the point here is fresh ingredients: fresh lime, fresh mint, raw sugar: this is what will give you the best Mojito

Classic Mojito Cocktail Recipe by Liquorary for Oh So Beautiful Paper

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Glassware by Liquorary

Photo Credits: Nole Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper

 

 

 

 

Happy Weekend!

It’s FINALLY here! The National Stationery Show starts on Sunday! I leave for New York early tomorrow morning, and I’ll do my best to share a couple of recaps from New York early next week, but don’t forget to follow along on Instagram for real time updates! And who knows, I might even try to share a few glimpses on Snapchat and Periscope (I’m @beautifulpaper everywhere) – what?!? I have no idea what I’m doing on either of those platforms, but why not? In the meantime…

Paperfelt via Instagram / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Image by Paperfelt via Instagram

…a few links for your weekend!

This week from Oh So Beautiful Paper:

That’s it for me this week! Check back in just a bit for this week’s cocktail recipe! I hope you have a wonderful weekend, and I’ll see you back here on Monday! xoxo

NSS 2016 Sneak Peek: Noteworthy Paper & Press

Our final NSS 2016 Sneak Peek comes from the talented ladies of Missoula, Montana-based Noteworthy Paper & Press (booth #2141)! This year, Noteworthy Paper & Press is expanding on their collection of hand illustrated and hand lettered cards that speak to a love for nature and the beautiful world we live in. In addition to nature-inspired greeting cards, they’re also debuting flat-printed cards and art prints featuring painted sceneries with hand lettered inspirational quotes. They’re also adding screen printed tote bags, zip pouches, notepads, and (my personal favorite) colorful letterpress die cut state postcards!

NSS 2016 Sneak Peek: Noteworthy Paper & Press / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016 Sneak Peek: Noteworthy Paper & Press / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016 Sneak Peek: Noteworthy Paper & Press / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016 Sneak Peek: Noteworthy Paper & Press / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016 Sneak Peek: Noteworthy Paper & Press / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016 Sneak Peek: Noteworthy Paper & Press / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016 Sneak Peek: Noteworthy Paper & Press / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016 Sneak Peek: Noteworthy Paper & Press / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016 Sneak Peek: Noteworthy Paper & Press / Oh So Beautiful Paper

More from Noteworthy Paper & Press right here!

NSS 2016 Sneak Peek: Ramona & Ruth

Our next NSS 2016 sneak peek comes from a familiar face, but a brand new company name! Kim of Paper Lovely recently renamed her business Ramona & Ruth after her two grandmothers. In addition to the new company name, Kim has been busy designing new greeting cards, gift tags, and notebooks – all making their debut at the National Stationery Show starting on Sunday! Kim’s focus this year has been on black and white designs with a pop of color and gold foil. So fun and refreshing!

NSS 2016 Sneak Peek: Ramona and Ruth / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016 Sneak Peek: Ramona and Ruth / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016 Sneak Peek: Ramona and Ruth / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016 Sneak Peek: Ramona and Ruth / Oh So Beautiful Paper

More from Ramona & Ruth right here!

Colorful Dip Dyed Baby Announcements

I’ll always have a soft spot for dip dyed stationery, especially when combined with beautiful calligraphy and mint green edge painting! Brittany from Swell Press Paper Co. created these sweet dip dyed baby announcements – with a two color dip dye! And how cute are those mini mint green envelopes with little newborn baby photos???

Dip Dyed Baby Announcements by Swell Press / Oh So Beautiful Paper

From BrittanyWhen Bradley reached out to me to create a fun, one of a kind letterpress birth announcement for her new baby girl Frances Walker, I immediately knew this project was going to be a blast. Bradley wasn’t scared of color, and let me run wild with whatever design idea I had. I was so excited to be able to combine my two favorite techniques – dip dying (in two colors!) and edge painting – all topped off with the beautiful calligraphy of Melissa from Olive Branch & Co.

Dip Dyed Baby Announcements by Swell Press / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Dip Dyed Baby Announcements by Swell Press / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Dip Dyed Baby Announcements by Swell Press / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Crane’s super thick 220lb Lettra Cotton Paper in Pearl White perfectly absorbed the dip dye and allowed for a beautiful, deep impression of the text. I chose a light periwinkle ink color to match the envelopes; the spring colors were perfect to welcome the new babe into the world!

Dip Dyed Baby Announcements by Swell Press / Oh So Beautiful Paper

New mom Bradley also is a fan of anything miniature (I mean who isn’t?), so I included a mini mint green envelope (with matching edge paint color!) and three tiny photos of Walker (and her adorable chubby legs). This is by far one of my favorite projects to date!

Dip Dyed Baby Announcements by Swell Press / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Dip Dyed Baby Announcements by Swell Press / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Thanks Brittany!

Design, Printing, and Dip Dyeing: Swell Press Paper Co.

Calligraphy: Olive Branch & Co.

Photo Credits: Swell Press Paper Co.