Friday Happy Hour: Blackberry Whiskey Smash

Smashes are really summer drinks, because they demand fresh produce and pay you back by being cold, intensely refreshing, and bursting with bright summer flavors. This one is one of the best: a Blackberry Whiskey Smash that even Nole liked (and she usually hates whiskey). Andrew

Blackberry Whiskey Smash Cocktail Recipe / Liquorary for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Blackberry Whiskey Smash

2 oz Whiskey
1 oz Lemon Oleo Saccharum (you can substitute with simple syrup if needed)
Half a Lemon, Quartered
5-7 Blackberries

To make the oleo saccharum: peel four lemons with a sharp knife or peeler, avoiding the bitter white pith as much as possible. Combine the peels with a cup of raw sugar in a nonreactive bowl and muddle the sugar into the peels. Let the mix sit until the lemon peels’ oils have dissolved the sugar into a syrup. You may need to muddle again to help the process along or stir in a few ounces of hot water to help fully dissolve the sugar. Remove the peels and bottle the resulting syrup. Makes about a cup. This should keep, refrigerated, for a month.

To make the Smash: combine the whiskey, oleo saccharum, lemon, and blackberries in a cocktail shaker. Muddle the lemons and blackberries, then fill the shaker two-thirds with ice. Shake well and then finely strain the Smash into a tumbler glass filled with fresh crushed ice. Garnish with more blackberries and enjoy!

Blackberry Whiskey Smash Cocktail Recipe / Liquorary for Oh So Beautiful Paper

In addition to being gorgeously purple, this drink is bright with fruit and citrus flavors. It’s rounded out by deep, rich, and mellow whiskey.

You might remember oleo saccharum from when we made traditional punch a while back. It’s a key ingredient of punches, but it hadn’t occurred to us to use this intensely fragrant, flavorful syrup in other drinks until recently. It’s citrusy but not tart, relying on the fragrant lemon peel oil for all its power. Those lemon oils help bind the flavors of this Smash together, but also intensify them – making this drink pop with blackberry flavor.

Blackberry Whiskey Smash Cocktail Recipe / Liquorary for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Oleo Saccharum is a bit of work to make, and your Smash won’t be terrible if you make it with regular simple syrup. But if you feel like going the extra step, you’ll be happy with the results.

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Photo Credits: Nole Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Happy Weekend!

Happy Friday everyone! We have family coming into town this weekend, so I’ll have to make this short and sweet so I can go tidy up! But first, big news: Oh So Beautiful Paper is hiring!! I’m looking to hire two (maybe three) Contributing Editors to join the team. Is it you? You can check out all the details right here! But in the meantime…

YASSSS gold foil card by Lauren Essl via Instagram / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Gold foil YASSS card by Lauren Essl (and available in her shop!) via the #dailydoesofpaper feed on Instagram!

…a few links for your weekend:

This week on Oh So Beautiful Paper:

That’s it for me this week! We’ll be back later today with this week’s cocktail recipe (another Smash!), and I have something ridiculously fun to share with all of you on Monday! Have a fantastic weekend, and I’ll see you back here next week! xoxo

The 2016 National Stationery Show, Part 10

Today’s recap from the 2016 National Stationery Show is a really good one, you guys – it’s all about cards with a sense of humor! From playful snark and sarcasm, to cheeky puns and playful social commentary, to cards that are downright raunchy, you’re pretty much guaranteed to laugh out loud at least once during this recap! Exhibitors in this recap include Power and Light PressGreenwich Letterpress, La Familia Green, ilootpaperie, 417 Press, McBitterson’s, 6.25 Paper, Bruno Press, Paper Epiphanies, and Bench Pressed! Just a fair warning before you start scrolling: there is some explicit language in several of these cards!

NSS 2016: Power and Light Press / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: Power and Light Press / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: Power and Light Press / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: Power and Light Press / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: Power and Light Press / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: Power and Light Press / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: Power and Light Press / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: Power and Light Press / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: Power and Light Press / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: Power and Light Press / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: Power and Light Press / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: Power and Light Press / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: Power and Light Press / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Power and Light Press

Keep reading below for more exhibitors from the 2016 National Stationery Show!

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Tropical Leaf Destination Wedding Invitations

You guys, I really hope the tropical leaf trend sticks around for a while. I just can’t get enough! Palm fronds, banana leaves, monsteras and philodendrons… I love them as house plants, floral décor, AND as inspiration for wedding invitations! Becca from Suite Paperie sent over these tropical leaf destination wedding invitations for a NYC couple getting married in the West Indies. Palm fronds galore!

Tropical Leaf Destination Wedding Invitations by Suite Paperie / Photo by Lindsay Nathanson / Oh So Beautiful Paper

From BeccaMichelle and Steven came to us to create an island-inspired invitation that would not only stand the test of time, but would also set the tone for their West Indies destination wedding. The pair are super creative individuals, with the bride working in the fashion industry, and the groom at an architecture firm, both in NYC. They ooze cool, creativity, and fun, so we were put to the test to create the ultimate suite that showed off their personalities, styles, and wedding vibe.

Tropical Leaf Destination Wedding Invitations by Suite Paperie / Photo by Lindsay Nathanson / Oh So Beautiful Paper

We came up with this tropical leaf wedding invitation! This beauty is digitally printed in full color on a creamy double-thick cover stock. The invitation is modern, featuring a playful brush script paired with a mix of serif and italic typefaces, and corner leaf artwork. We added depth to the design by layering palm fronds to create a cool seamless pattern.

Tropical Leaf Destination Wedding Invitations by Suite Paperie / Photo by Lindsay Nathanson / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Tropical Leaf Destination Wedding Invitations by Suite Paperie / Photo by Lindsay Nathanson / Oh So Beautiful Paper

The punchy pattern was enlarged and printed again to be used as the envelope liner inside a teal green envelope. Mini manilla shipping tags were  digitally printed with their initials and wedding date on the front, and their RSVP and website info on the reverse. The tags were finished with a burlap strand, giving the suite a bit of an earthy, rustic feel.

Tropical Leaf Destination Wedding Invitations by Suite Paperie / Photo by Lindsay Nathanson / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Michelle and Steven wanted their invitation to exude a fun, island vibe – getting their guests psyched up for an all out party weekend in Tobago, West Indies. We think the invitation did just that!

Tropical Leaf Destination Wedding Invitations by Suite Paperie / Photo by Lindsay Nathanson / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Thanks Becca!

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

Photo Credits: Lindsay Nathanson