Mother’s Day Mint and Lime Riesling Sangria

Mother’s Day is almost here! (You all remembered, right?) This Sunday, we’ll be celebrating with a light and airy Mint and Lime Riesling Sangria, one that works like a low-proof Mojito that’s perfect for sipping in polite company. – Andrew

Mint and Lime Riesling Sangria

1 bottle Riesling
4 oz Rum
4 oz Lime Juice
4 oz Mint Syrup
1 oz Vanilla Bean Syrup
2 bottles Elderflower Tonic
2 Limes, Sliced
2-3 Mint Sprigs

To make the mint syrup: blanch six sprigs of mint in boiling water for about 15 seconds, then plunge them into a bowl of ice water for about a minute. Then, combine a cup of water and a cup of sugar (I use white, which preserves the mint’s color) in a saucepan. Simmer over low heat until the sugar is dissolved. Add the blanched mint and sugar syrup into a blender and blend the mint into a pulp. Strain through cheesecloth to remove the mint pulp and bottle.

To make the vanilla bean syrup: take one whole vanilla bean and split it lengthwise. Combine the vanilla bean with a cup of raw sugar and a cup of water in a saucepan. Muddle the vanilla bean to release its pulp. Simmer over low heat until the sugar is dissolved. Strain through cheesecloth to remove the vanilla pup and bottle.

To make the Sangria: combine the Riesling, rum, lime juice, and syrups in a pitcher with the lime slices and give it a stir. Let everything combine overnight in the refrigerator. Shortly before you’re ready to serve, add the mint sprigs and top with the tonic water. Garnish each glass with a slice of lime and some mint leaves and enjoy!

This Sangria came about when Nole challenged me to make her something like a Mojito, just with a lower proof so we could sip it during an afternoon party without getting too buzzed. We settled on Riesling – a little oaky, a little sweet, a little floral – as a good alternative to the Mojito’s rum.

I went with a mint syrup, because I really wanted this Sangria to pack a minty punch, but when I first tried this recipe the mint flavor kept disappearing. Then I landed on the idea of adding a bit of vanilla syrup, which both makes the mint pop and adds a note of warm spice. That extra ounce of syrup also helps balance out the bitterness of the tonic, which gives this Sangria some extra floral notes and a crisp effervescence.

So get ready for Sunday and start a batch early!

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Photo Credits: Nole Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper

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Happy Mother’s Day Weekend!

Happy Friday everyone! And Happy (almost) Mother’s Day to all the mamas and soon-to-be mamas out there! This week has been kind of intense for me: after four years of living in our home, we’re FINALLY having central air conditioning installed – which isn’t the easiest process in a narrow 1920s row house with brick and plaster walls. But we’re almost done and it’s going to be sooooooo worth it once the summer heat and humidity arrives. But after all the construction at home, I’m thinking we’ll just enjoy a low key weekend and Mother’s Day. It’ll be my last quiet weekend before the National Stationery Show kicks off next weekend! Aaaaah! But in the meantime…

Photo (and card) by Heartell Press via Instagram

…a few links for your weekend!

I’m on the hunt for a few lightweight midi skirts for summer. I have my eye on this lavender linen skirt (also comes in gingham!), this chambray skirt, this striped skirt, and this dotty gingham skirt.

Planning to make a ton of these mini cherry crisps this summer

Loving this sculptural lamp

Help buy 800 goats for Syrian refugees in Jordan

Also, how Syria changed the world

How cute are these hologram foil save the dates??

These gingham sneakers are so cute for little girls (and they’re 25% off with code SHOPNOW)

Crying all the tears after reading this story

Card of the week!


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Spring is far and away my favorite season in DC. I love watching everything wake up and see color come back into the world after months of winter, and all the gorgeous spring flowers fill me with ridiculous levels of joy. It’s my favorite time of year to visit some of my favorite floral destinations in DC: the National Arboretum, Dumbarton Oaks Gardens, and George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate. When Sophie was on Spring Break a couple of weeks ago, we spent an afternoon wandering around the Dogwood Collection and Asian Collection at the National Arboretum – and I brought my big camera along to document the gorgeousness around us. It was pretty much the perfect time to visit: the dogwoods and azaleas were both in full bloom along with the camellias and bluebells, and the peonies were just starting to make an appearance!

Spring at the National Arboretum

Spring at the National Arboretum

I love visiting the Arboretum year-round, but there’s just something special about early spring at the National Arboretum. Sophie was in heaven with all the pink flowers blooming everywhere. She even ran up to a giant pink azalea bush to give it a hug! I’m so happy that my sweet girl inherited my love for flowers.

Spring at the National Arboretum

Spring at the National Arboretum

Spring at the National Arboretum

Spring at the National Arboretum

Spring at the National Arboretum

Spring at the National Arboretum

Other than the flowers, Sophie loved exploring all the different paths and trails within the garden collections. She made sure we went on every single path in the Asian Collection at least once, and two or three times for a couple of favorite paths that felt like secret fairy trails through all the flowers and greenery.

Spring at the National Arboretum

Spring at the National Arboretum

Spring at the National Arboretum

Oh, and yes, we wear our tiara EVERYWHERE these days. To explore garden trails. To the splash pad. Even to school! People often ask if it’s her birthday, and I love telling complete strangers that it’s part of her everyday attire these days. Four and a half is such a magical age.

Spring at the National Arboretum

Spring at the National Arboretum

Spring at the National Arboretum

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Autumn Ombré Letterpress Wedding Invitations by Al Stampa

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Autumn Ombré Letterpress Wedding Invitations by Al Stampa

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Autumn Ombré Letterpress Wedding Invitations by Al Stampa

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Thanks Alex!

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