Friday Happy Hour: Carrot Ginger Fizz

One of my favorite things about today’s cocktail culture is the spirit of experimentation. People are making syrups, infusions, tinctures, you name it, with new and wildly inventive combinations of flavors. Stuff I would never in a million years to think to add to a drink is showing up in recipes that sound not only delicious, but also so obvious that I wonder why I never thought of it myself. Carrot is one of those: a sweet, vegetal flavor with a gorgeous orange color. Here’s my first crack at a carrot brunch cocktail: a Carrot Ginger Fizz. – Andrew

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Illustration by Shauna Lynn for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Carrot-Ginger Fizz

1 1/2 oz Dry Gin
1 oz Carrot Syrup
1 oz Lime Juice
1/2 oz Aperol
Ginger Beer

Shake the gin, carrot syrup, lime juice, and Aperol in a cocktail shaker filled 2/3 with ice. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and top with ginger beer. Garnish with fresh herbs (we used mint and cilantro from our garden.) Enjoy!

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To make the carrot syrup, combine a cup of water and two cups of white sugar in a sauce pan over low heat, stirring constantly to avoid burning the sugar. Add a cup of shredded carrots and simmer the mix for 10-15 minutes, then cover and let it sit for another 30 minutes. Strain out the carrot shreds and bottle the carrot syrup. Keep the syrup refrigerated. (I used white sugar, instead of my usually preferred raw sugar, to preserve the carrot’s orange color.) You could also try combining a cup of carrot juice with two cups of sugar over low heat until the sugar is melted, but the end result would be pretty much the same.

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The Carrot-Ginger Fizz is rich and complex, with lots of earthy botanical flavors from the gin and the carrot syrup, but it’s still light and sweet and fizzily playful. You can definitely taste the carrot on this drink’s finish, but it’ doesn’t dominate this drink in a gimmicky way; instead, it blends nicely with the gin and citrus for a nice savory-sweet profile. The Aperol, a gently bitter and orange flavored Italian amaro, adds a nice touch of bitterness to balance the carrot’s sweetness while the ginger beer adds just a bit of bite. And bubbles. Don’t forget the bubbles.

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Ok. I’m off to see what else I can do with this carrot syrup.

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Photo Credits: Nole Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Happy Weekend!

Happy Friday everyone – and Happy Mother’s Day weekend to all the mamas and mamas-to-be out there! This weekend Sophie will attend her first little kid birthday party and I’m so excited! A group of little two and three year old girls all together? Completely adorable. But in the meantime…

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Photo by Knot & Bow via Instagram

…a few links for your weekend!

This week on Oh So Beautiful Paper:

Check back this afternoon for this week’s cocktail recipe! Have a wonderful weekend, and I’ll see you back here on Monday! xoxo

NSS 2015 Sneak Peek: Hen Pen Paper Co.

Our final NSS sneak peek of the week comes from Columbus, Ohio-based Hen Pen Paper Co. – making their NSS debut in Booth # 2266! The Hen Pen Paper Co. booth will feature 60+ hand lettered and illustrated greeting cards, art prints, and gift wrap that ranges from beautiful watercolors to witty illustrations. Here’s a little peek!

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Photo Credits: Hen Pen Paper Co.

NSS 2015 Sneak Peek: Richie Designs

Our next NSS sneak peek subject is no stranger to OSBP. After 10 years in business, Richele from Richie Designs (Booth #1370 in Fresh!) is finally making her trade show debut at this year’s National Stationery Show! Here are some of the new greeting cards debuting at the show, along with a fun set of mini “hall pass” cards available in sets of 6!

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Thanks Richele!

Photo Credits: Richie Designs

Ashton’s Welcome to the World Birth Announcements

Adina from Bunny Bear Press welcomed her third baby – a boy! – back in February. For his birth announcements, Adina incorporated whimsical hand lettering, playful gold foil, and the sweetest photo of Ashton with his two older sisters!

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From AdinaDesigning for myself is always a time where I don’t feel pressure to make anyone but myself happy. For Ashton’s birth announcement I wanted him to be the focus, but still incorporate his 2 older sisters. For the front side I decided to have him shot from up above so that I could arrange all of his statistics around him.

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After the photo was decided upon I hand lettered the information around him, including a little fun “it’s a boy!” tidbit and scanned and arranged them on the computer. I knew I wanted to have a gold foil element so I incorporated it with a dot pattern and I added a gold foil polka dot liner to the envelope to tie everything together. The digital and gold foil announcements are printed on Reich Savoy 100% cotton paper by the wonderful people at StationeryHQ.

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For the back I added a surprise photo of my 3 kids arranged in a circle, the girls’ arms hugging their new brother making a heart in the negative space. I loved everything about this photo and it was the perfect way to show off my little family. I love knowing that my close family can frame this announcement and have a family photo they can keep forever.

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Thanks Adina!

Design and Lettering: Bunny Bear Press

Digital and Gold Foil Printing: StationeryHQ

Photo Credits: Jenn Ireland Photo