Passion Fruit Mezcal Sling

Like I said last week, Tequila is pretty perfect for spring. But Tequila isn’t the only agave spirit out of Mexico that’s pretty good this time of year. We’re talking about Mezcal! Mezcal has been popular among cocktail nerds for years, but it still hasn’t caught on among the wider drinking public. But I’m a big fan, so I wanted to show off another way of approaching Mexican spirits before Cinco de Mayo. This Passion Fruit Mezcal Sling combines the tropical tartness of passionfruit, the smokiness of Mezcal, and Campari for a drink that is more tropical and exotic than your average margarita. –Andrew

Passion Fruit Mezcal Sling Cocktail Recipe by Liquorary

Passionfruit Mezcal Sling

2 oz Silver Mezcal
1 oz Passion Fruit Syrup*
3/4 oz Lime Juice
1/2 oz Campari

To make the passion fruit syrup: combine equal parts passion fruit juice and raw sugar in a sauce pan. Simmer over low heat, stirring frequently, until all the sugar is melted. Bottle and refrigerate.

Combine everything in a cocktail shaker filled two-thirds with ice and shake well. Strain into a chilled coupe glass and enjoy!

Passion Fruit Mezcal Sling Cocktail Recipe by Liquorary

This is a refreshing, lively cocktail, with lots of tropical fruit and verdant vegetal notes. There’s a definite smokiness, but, paired with the Campari, comes across more as an exotic complexity than an in-your-face edge. The Campari gives the drink a bit of bitterness on the finish, which helps balance the sweetness of the passion fruit syrup.

Mezcal is, like Tequila, made from the agave plant, a relative of aloe. (Technically, Mezcal covers all agave spirits, and Tequila is a subset of Mezcal, but we’re not going to get too deeply into this.) Mezcal is made from the heart of the agave plant, which is cooked in earthen pits, lending Mezcal the same sort of smokiness that Scotch whiskey gets from burning peat to dry malted barley. The agave is then crushed and mashed, traditionally with a horse-drawn stone, and then fermented and distilled.

Passion Fruit Mezcal Sling Cocktail Recipe by Liquorary

Mezcal has the same sorts of earthy vegetal notes as Tequila, along with a luscious smokiness. It’s a spirit that pairs well with lime, tropical fruit, melon, and cucumber, the sorts of flavors that bring out a fresh, almost juicy character from the Mezcal. So, when mixing a drink in a few days to celebrate all things Mexico, consider trying Mexico’s other great spirit.

*A quick note about passion fruit syrup: Passion fruit syrup is most properly made by simmering the juice with the pulp of whole passion fruit, which are tiny and hard to come by and difficult to work with. If you’d like to use pre-made passion fruit syrup, we like the syrups from BG Reynolds and Liber & Co. But if you’d like to try making your own syrup, follow the directions above for a version that is much easier to make!

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Photo Credits: Nole Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper

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NSS 2017 Sneak Peek: Richie Designs

The National Stationery Show is just a few short weeks away! Every year, I share a few exhibitor sneak peeks of the new products they’ll be debuting at the upcoming show. And today I’m super excited to kick off my first sneak peek of the year with Richele of Richie Designs (Booth 1939)! Richele has a bunch of colorful letterpress printed cards making their debut at the show, along with birthday cards digitally printed on heavy 130# stock with a matching lapel pin on the front. So fun!


NSS 2017 Sneak Peek: Richie Designs

NSS 2017 Sneak Peek: Richie Designs

NSS 2017 Sneak Peek: Richie Designs

NSS 2017 Sneak Peek: Richie Designs

NSS 2017 Sneak Peek: Richie Designs

NSS 2017 Sneak Peek: Richie Designs

NSS 2017 Sneak Peek: Richie Designs

NSS 2017 Sneak Peek: Richie Designs

More from Richie Designs right here!

Understated Green Calligraphy and Fern Wedding Invitations

We loved sharing these minimalist black and white invitations from Grace of Grace Niu, and today we’re over the moon to share her personal wedding invitations with all of you! Grace clearly prefers a softer, more minimal design aesthetic – all of which definitely comes through in her own understated green calligraphy and fern wedding invitations. Hand painted greenery, delicate calligraphy and soft brush lettering, and the tiniest dose of gold ink. So pretty!

From Grace: Being a graphic designer and invitation designer, I obviously knew I would be designing my own wedding invitations when it came time. I had never given the invitation much thought before getting engaged, but it made it so much easier once I established my mood board and vision for the wedding in general.

A lot of graphic designers say that sometimes the hardest person to design for is yourself, but luckily I wasn’t too hard on myself and didn’t try to second guess myself too much. After looking at my Pinterest board, I curated a few select images and designed a mood board to serve as the aesthetic vision for the whole wedding. It was a modern organic feel, full of greenery, lots of white and light gray, and gold accents.

When it came time to design the invitations, I went for a minimalist design on the main invitation, keeping the color of the lettering and type to a very light gray. I wanted it to be beautiful, quiet and elegant. On the reply card, I added a small hand-painted fern to serve as a color accent, but otherwise kept everything else the same light gray. For the details card, I did something similar and used a hand-painted eucalyptus stem to break up the blocks of text a bit and to add a little color.

I completed the suite by choosing a light gray paper for the belly bands, and hand-painted our initials in gold ink on every belly band. I used the same light gray for the reply envelopes, which were individually hand-lettered with our first names and reply address. For the main envelope, I chose a sage envelope to coordinate with the hand-painted greenery elements, and calligraphed each one in black ink. To finish off the suite and tie everything together, I found the most perfect fern stamps to use on our envelopes. Looking back on these, I’m so glad to have had the chance to design these invitations for myself and to show our guests what I love doing.

Thanks Grace!

Design & Calligraphy: Grace Niu

Printer: Geographics Inc.

Gray paper and envelopes: Neenah Paper

Green envelopes: Carnival by Mohawk

Paper: Mohawk SuperFine Eggshell

Check out the Designer Rolodex for more tal­ented wed­ding invi­ta­tion design­ers and the real invi­ta­tions gallery for more wedding invitation ideas!

Photo Credits: Erika DenHoed of Mayden Photography

Stationery A-Z: Graduation Cards

Temperatures are warming, allergies are flaring and finals are fast approaching….which means only one thing: graduation (and summer!) will soon be upon us. And with graduation comes new beginnings and new challenges. It’s exciting! It’s terrifying! It’s both! Graduation marks a major change in any young person’s life (or a person of any age for that matter) and that more than deserves a well-designed celebratory greeting card. Whether you are commemorating a graduation from college, grad school, med school, high school, law school, or even kindergarten, there’s bound to be the perfect sentiment in our round-up below. Check it out!

Graduation Card Round Up

From top right:

1. Not sure what I love best about this kate spade new york design: the clever copywriting or the gold tipped hot pink lined envelope.

2. What’s more festive than a giant foam hand at a sporting event? One cheering you on for your greatest accomplishment! From Egg Press.

3. More clever copywriting (and menu selection) from Lark + Raven (although I say go for the lobster. And champagne).

4. Everyone loves answering invasive questions, right!? Let this Emily McDowell design get that elephant in the room out of the way so you can focus on what really matters (killer graduation parties await!).

5. Gold foil and letterpress printing combined with artistic details make for a thoughtful and elegant greeting from Hello!Lucky.

6. This sweetly painted, yet super yolked bird offers up a humorous message of congratulations. From E. Frances Paper.

7. White foil on kraft paper, along with a modern cursive sentiment, is a surefire winner from Sugar Paper.

8. Got a smart cookie in your life? What about a recent culinary school grad? Share this pastry-forward design from Quill & Fox.

9. This Missive design pairs especially well with a round of Negronis.

10. Sweet, simple and shiny courtesy of New York-based Hart Paper Co. Slip a Benjamin in there and you’re pretty much guaranteed shares in their future start up.

May Desktop Downloads!

Happy May everyone! May is one of my favorite months of the entire year. It’s the month of my wedding anniversary, all my favorite flowers are blooming, and my kids are thrilled that it’s finally warm enough for afternoons at the splash pad! It’s also one of the craziest months of the year thanks to a little shindig called the National Stationery Show, which is coming up in just a few short weeks! So for this month’s illustrated wallpapers from The Good Twin, we’re giving a little nod to my favorite trade show and a note of encouragement to any exhibitors making their way towards the finish line – or anyone else who might be in need of a little reassurance these days. 

iPhone | Desktop

iPhone | Desktop


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