Friday Happy Hour: Lavender Champagne Cocktail

You don’t have to put away the champagne after New Year’s Eve. After last week’s Rosemary-Pear French 75, Nole and I decided it would be fun to devote the month of January to Champagne cocktails. So we’re going back to basics with our own twist on a classic: the very first Champagne cocktail was The Champagne Cocktail, one of the oldest and one of the best. – Andrew

Lavender Champagne Cocktail by Liquorary and Oh So Beautiful Paper

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Illustration by Shauna Lynn for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Lavender Champagne Cocktail

Champagne or Another Dry Sparkling Wine
1/2 oz St-Germain
2 dashes Lavender Bitters

Add the St-Germain and bitters to a flute, then fill the rest of the glass with chilled Champagne. Garnish with a lemon twist and enjoy!

I must confess: I’m not the biggest fan of Champagne, at least not by itself. Much of the Champagne made these days is very dry and acidic and not at all fun for me to drink. But that’s the beauty of the Champagne Cocktail: it takes a base spirit that can be rough to drink by itself, tempers is a bit with some sweetness, then rounds it out with the complexity of bitters. And the result – here a lightly sweet, deeply floral cocktail – is still wonderfully effervescent. So much fun to drink. (And if you’re not making this drink to impress the ladies in your life, you’re not doing it right.)

Lavender Champagne Cocktail by Liquorary and Oh So Beautiful Paper

Champagne is an excellent showcase for other flavors, especially floral and fruity liqueurs. We used the elderflower-flavored St-Germain, but you might also enjoy Cointreau, Creme de Violette, or blood orange liqueur.

The original Champagne Cocktail goes all the way back to 1850 and looked a little different: a sugar cube dissolved by some aromatic bitters, like Angostura, then topped with Champagne and crushed ice, poured back and forth between two glasses to chill. Mixing with ice meant that the drink would go flat quickly, so you were meant to drink this version very fast, and then order another in quick succession. Not a bad plan.

Lavender Champagne Cocktail by Liquorary and Oh So Beautiful Paper

But it’s a little plain, and Champagne demands partners as ostentatious as itself. Pairing with liqueurs like this also lets you set up a fun DIY cocktail station if you’re serving this drink at a party: set out some bottles of different liqueur, bitters, and some Champagne on ice, with a bowl of lemon peel garnishes, and let guests fix themselves their own Champagne Cocktails.

PS–You can find a set of these vintage silver-rimmed flutes over at our Etsy Shop!

Photo Credits: Nole Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper

// Ed Note: I topped our champagne cocktail with a tiny bit of edible gold leaf for a bit of extra sparkle. But you can stick with the traditional lemon peel garnish or even a couple sprigs of lavender if you’re making this at home. –Nole //

New Year’s Eve Happy Hour: Rosemary-Pear French 75

It’s the season for bubbly cocktails, and if there’s ever a night that demanded a cocktail with a bit of sparkle – it’s New Year’s Eve. This year, we took inspiration from one of our favorite classic cocktails and some fresh seasonal ingredients to create something that all your friends and loved ones will enjoy: the Rosemary-Pear French 75. – Andrew

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Illustration by Shauna Lynn for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Rosemary-Pear French 75

2 oz Chamomile-Infused Dry Gin*
1 oz Lemon
1 oz Rosemary-Pear Syrup*
Champagne or Sparkling Wine

Combine the first three ingredients and shake with ice. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Top with sparkling wine and enjoy!

*Chamomile Gin:

Add a tea bag of chamomile to a bottle of dry gin and let stand for a day or two to infuse. Remove the tea bag and discard.

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*Rosemary-Pear Syrup:

1 cup Sugar
1 cup Water
1 Red Anjou Pear
1 sprig Rosemary

Thinly slice the pear and strip the leaves from the sprig of rosemary. Combine the sugar, water, pear, and rosemary in a saucepan and cook over low heat, stirring, for about 20 minutes. Remove from the heat and cover. Let it sit for another hour, then strain and bottle.

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Sparkling wine adds, of course, bubbles to your drink. The French 75 is basically a pepped up Gin Sour – not a bad drink, but one that becomes wonderfully effervescent when you add that sparkling wine. Many sparkling wines, especially most champagnes these days, are also very dry and acidic, so don’t feel bad about adding a dash or two of extra syrup.

And that syrup! The rosemary is a wonderful complement to the earthy sweetness of the pear. And, if you make it using a red Anjou pear, skin and all, the resulting syrup will have a gorgeous pink hue.

Oh, and why chamomile? Why not! Liquors are fantastically easy to infuse, and herbal teas offer an easy way to add interesting new flavors to your spirits. Chamomile is earthy and floral, a nice addition to the complex botanicals of a dry gin. Along with the rosemary-pear syrup, it helps give this drink a solid, mellow base that fits my mood this winter.

Photo Credits: Nole Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Urbanic Faves | Pop.. Fizz.. Clink.. Sparkle!

Hi everyone! Hopefully wherever you are in the midst of this busy holiday season you are taking a break from all of the hustle and bustle to relax and enjoy yourselves. Around here at Urbanic things are quite lively, and as we approach the year’s end we are feeling celebratory about what is – and what’s to come. We’ve rounded up some favorite bubbly things from around the shop and beyond that we think are bottle popping goodness. Cheers!  –Audrey

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1. Chin Char Maloney ring

2. Meri Meri party hats

3. Idlewild Co.

4. JM printshop print

5. Meri Meri napkins

6. Acme Party Box champagne coupes

 7. Meri Meri pinwheels

8. Snow & Graham tiny cards 

9. Maptote bottle bag

10. Waiting on Martha ice bucket

11. Allison Cornu illustration

12.  Mr. Boddington’s Studio 

13. Tops Malibu sparklers

14. Snow & Graham

Happy Weekend!

Happy Friday everyone! Our little Alice celebrated her quarter birthday earlier this week. I can’t believe she’s already three months old! She’s smiling up a storm and generally the happiest and most chill baby we could have asked for – unless her gums (hello early teething!) or tummy are bothering her. And then she definitely lets you know that she’s not happy! We’ve had a few more of those nights than I would have liked this week, so I’m looking forward to a quiet weekend and a short week next week before we all head out for the holidays. But in the meantime…

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Image Credit: Patricia Shen / Our Heiday

…a few links for your weekend!

This week on Oh So Beautiful Paper:

No cocktail this week, sadly, due to a certain unusually fussy 3 month-old – but we hope to have a pre-holiday cocktail for you early next week! Have a wonderful weekend, and I’ll see you back here on Monday! xoxo

Seasonal Stationery: Holiday Gift Wrap and Tags

I’m a big fan of beautiful gift wrap, gift tags, and ribbon any time of year – but especially during the holidays! I keep track of my favorite gift wrap materials throughout the year right here, but today I’m rounding up a few favorites for the holiday season!

Holiday Gift Wrap and Gift Tag Round Up by Oh So Beautiful Paper

1. Knot + Bow newsprint gift wrap (this pattern in collaboration with Linda & Harriett)

2. Sugar Paper colorful gift wrap and tags!

3. Angela Liguori’s loose weave metallic ribbon provides the perfect amount of sparkle

4. Moglea watercolor tags + gift wrap

5. Linda & Harriett gift tags

6. Minted gift wrap (love this pattern!)

7. Sycamore Street Press indigo gift wrap (also available in stripes!)

8. The most gorgeous plant dyed silk ribbon from Silk & Willow

9. Metallic marbled gift wrap from Anthropologie

10. Brainstorm screen printed sun moon and stars gift wrap

More gift wrap and tags right here! And I’m also still loving the selections from last year’s highlight!