National Stationery Show 2015 Scavenger Hunt!

The annual scavenger hunt organized by Amber of Flywheel Press and Legion Paper is one of my very favorite traditions at the National Stationery Show! This year the scavenger hunt involves postcards! Just visit the booths below – then swing by Legion Paper (Booth 2774 in the Supply Side!) to collect a few postcards contributed from non-exhibiting stationers and a beautiful box to carry them all home!

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Farewell Paperie – 2158

Power and Light Press – 1950

Albertine Press – 1762

Sapling Press – 2353

Life is Funny Press – 2164

Haute Papier – 2144

Lady Pilot Letterpress – 1666

Blackbird Letterpress – 2059

Gilah Press – 2575

Smudge Ink – 2635

Bespoke Press – 1329

Igloo Press – 1664

Bruno Press – 1946

Iron Curtain Press – 1952

Maginating – 2863

So fun!

Photo Credits: Legion Paper

Quick Pick: 9th Letter Press

It’s here! The 2015 National Stationery Show is underway – and I can’t wait to share some booth photos with you! But first I wanted to share some of the new Spring releases from 9th Letter Press – who sadly isn’t at the show this year. Instead 9th Letter Press sent an amazing box to retailers across the country with new cards (including copper foil!) as well as gift tags, wrapping sheets and a new calendar!

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More over on 9th Letter Press!

Photo Credits: 9th Letter Press

Friday Happy Hour: The Ramos Gin Fizz

Lots of classic cocktails feel old fashioned but still familiar to a modern palate: the Manhattan, the Martini, the Mint Julep. But sometimes you encounter a drink that’s so archaic, so different from anything you’re familiar with that it feels like a relic from an entirely different age. The Ramos Gin Fizz is just such a drink: unusual to taste, with an odd set of ingredients, that’s almost performance art to make. Weird but delicious. And perfect for brunch. – Andrew

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Illustration by Shauna Lynn for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Ramos Gin Fizz

2 oz Dry Gin
1 oz Heavy Cream
1/2 oz Lemon Juice
1/2 oz Lime Juice
1 oz Simple Syrup
2-3 Dashes Orange Blossom Water
1 Egg White
Club Soda

Combine all the ingredients except the club soda in an empty cocktail shaker and shake for at least two minutes and longer if possible. Add ice and shake again for another two minutes or longer if possible. Strain into a chilled highball glass and top with club soda. Rinse the inside of the shaker with a splash of club soda and add to the glass. Drop in a straw and enjoy!

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The invention of Henry Ramos, the Ramos Gin Fizz (also known as a New Orleans Fizz) dates back to 1888 and comes, somewhat unsurprisingly, from the birthplace of so many amazing drinks, New Orleans. It shows its age: it’s fussy and a bit odd and requires so much work to make that it really could have only come from a time when labor was cheap (and people were in less of a hurry). All that shaking is necessary to emulsify the heavy cream and citrus. Mixing dairy and acid normally causes the dairy to curdle but lots of shaking can blend the two and give you a custardy texture. Ramos employed teams of bartenders to shake his fizzes in relays for twelve minutes a piece. I doubt anyone these days has the time or the arm strength to manage a full twelve minutes, but you really need to shake this one for as long as you can. So: the perfect drink for shaking with a friend.

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The Ramos Gin Fizz is an odd duck: creamy and fizzy at the same time, tart and sweet and floral too. You really can’t substitute the orange blossom water – the byproduct of distilling orange blossoms for their essential oils to make perfume – with anything else orange. You can find it online or at Middle Eastern grocers; ask at your local Lebanese restaurant if you can’t fine it nearby. The original recipe calls for just two teaspoons of superfine sugar, but I find this version is a bit too sour, so I bumped up the sweetness a bit. Despite that cream – and you really need to use cream here th– e Ramos never feels heavy, thanks to the light floral notes of the orange blossoms and the bubbly club soda.

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A Fizz is properly served without ice, with the understanding that you’ll drink it fast enough that it won’t warm up before you’re done. That goes doubly for the Ramos Fizz, because –unless you’ve shaken it for the full twelve minutes – that citrus is eventually going to start curdling the cream in the gorgeously thick and white foam on top of your drink. You don’t want this. Trust me.

(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 Weekend!

It’s GO TIME! Tomorrow I’ll be making my way up to New York for the National Stationery Show, which officially kicks off on Sunday! I can’t wait to share my booth recaps here, and you can also follow along on Instagram for some real time peeks at the show! I need every spare moment I can get for last minute preparations, so no weekend links this week – but be sure to check back later this afternoon for our weekly cocktail recipe!

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Photo by 3potato4 via Instagram

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Have a wonderful weekend – I’ll see you back here on Monday! xoxo

NSS 2015 Sneak Peek: Wild Ink Press

After all of these sneak peeks I’m so excited to see everything in person at the 2015 National Stationery Show – starting this Sunday! Wild Ink Press is making their 5th appearance and the show and will have over 40 new designs debuting this weekend, including greeting cards, gift wrap, and coordinating boxed notes. Some of the new designs include a collections line and kid cards inspired by a request from our very own Emily, with 12 total designs – 6 vehicles and 6 animals. I’m particularly excited about the foil and flood card line below – hello copper foil!

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