Happy Thanksgiving! We all know that the main attraction at the Thanksgiving table is not the turkey–or tofurkey–but the cocktail menu. We are celebrating all we are thankful for (YOU!) with some fabulous, tempting concoctions to warm your body and soul. And we’re kicking it all off with two books, illustrated by Red Cap Cards artists, Josie Portillo and Danielle Kroll.
First up is The Waldorf Astoria Bar Book, with interior illustration by our own Josie Portillo! It’s full of tasty cocktail recipes sure to make your Thanksgiving dinner as festive as can be. “Based on the actual bar book used by the Waldorf-Astoria prior to Prohibition, this collection of cocktails serves up more than 350 recipes. In addition to documenting the origin of many cocktails and mixed drinks still commonplace today, the book chronicles the background of their creation and the antics of some of the cronies Buffalo Bill Cody and Bat Masterson, among others who were regulars at the bar.” Check out these amazing illustrations, pulled from Portillo’s collection:
If you’re not satisfied with just one, check out The Art of Vintage Cocktails by Stephanie Rosenbaum with illustration by our own Danielle Kroll! It “features 50 recipes for classic cocktails, accompanied by the history and lore of the drink. Each libation is paired with a humorous illustration by artist Danielle Kroll, who puts a witty, sophisticated twist on the drink’s name.”
If you’re running around to grocery stores and don’t have time to grab these great artisan cocktail books, grab the recipe for a few of our favorite cocktails below, including Hal’s favorite: the Manhattan Cocktail. Salud! Cheers! and Happy Thanksgiving!
2 oz. bourbon
1 oz. sweet vermouth
2 dashes Angostura bitters
Tools: mixing glass, barspoon, strainer
Stir ingredients in a mixing glass with ice, strain into a chilled glass and garnish.
Rhum JM White, lime, black mission fig syrup, and white Vermouth with Koji vinegar, salt, and peppered lime.
Brennevin Akvavit, Dolin Blanc, Rainwater Madeira, Amaro Ramazotti, and Clement Creole Shrub with orange zest and spruce tip.
1 oz Iichiko Silhouette shochu
1 oz mango-infused @altostequila
1 oz lime
3/4 oz passionfruit syrup
3/4 oz cantaloupe juice
Sweet, fruity, and earthy. The first thing I thought when I tried this shochu was “I bet this shochu would like tequila.” They’re very different flavor profiles, but they both have an earthiness that complements each other.
2 oz @standardwormwooddistillery rye
3/4 oz lemon
3/4 oz lemon oleo saccarum
Shaken, over a big chunk of clear ice, and garnished with a candied @luxardousa cherry and a lemon peel.
Bold and crackling with wormwood, this Whiskey Sour is kind of perfect for autumn, tart and fresh and spicy.
Lots of juniper and herbaceous notes, but instead of a sharply bitter edge, it has an almost creamy quality to it. Not quite sweet, but not really bitter, either.
In honor of Halloween, we wanted to showcase a friend of ours, whose artwork embodies the spirit of the holiday and conveys the fear, the mystery and overall spookiness that comes every October 31st. Gris Grimly is a prolific talent that is a creative force to reckon with! His paintings seem effortlessly brilliant, but convey detail and darkness in the most prodigious of ways. A painter, illustrator and author, Gris’s work has been utilized by schools and classrooms, and has illustrated numerous published works by the literary greats, such as Edgar Allen Poe and Ray Bradbury.
From his biography:
“The release of Edgar Allan Poe’s Tales of Mystery and Madness in 2004 brought attention to a need in the education system. When Gris illustrated the comic/storybook hybrid, he did so with the desire to create a whimsical interpretation that is heavily illustrated and yet maintains the actual prose of the master. He had no idea that schools would use this book as a tool to help young adults comprehend the otherwise difficult Victorian text. The book has exceeded a dozen editions, generated a sequel and has been translated into multiple languages. Other graphic interpretations of classics would follow, including The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Frankenstein, all of which have been implemented into school curricula worldwide.”
Check out all of his books here, and take a scroll through a small selection of his fantastic work below. Plus, don’t miss his amazing #31OctoberPortraits for original portraits of all of your horrific Halloween favorites. Happy Halloween! Let’s get into the spirit!
PS. If you’re in the holiday spirit already, check out Grimly’s Santa Claws!
Happy Birthday, America! Don’t forget about our special sale that we have going on through midnight on the 5th of July. Use code CELEBRATE for 25% off of your online order. Have a sparkling and safe Independence Day!!
Father’s Day is a little over a week away, and we hope you remember to treat your father, father-figure, baby-daddy, or doggie-dad (I could go on and on) with as much love and attention as possible. Moms get the bulk of the adoration when it comes to National Holidays, but we have to remember our awesome dads as well: like this one, this one, this one, and of course, this one.
We’re so excited about one of our newest Father’s Day card (above) by Carolyn Gavin and all of the amazing work that our artist collaborators have given us. Check out a little collage below of some of our cards for dear-old-Dad, or click here to view the entire Father’s Day Collection. Happy Father’s Day, have a cocktail for us, Dad!
We hope you’re getting ready to hunker down with your honey tonight–and by all means, a “honey” may represent your spouse, partner, child, pet, or really just a huge box of Junior Mints. Whatever works. We love you oh-so-much at Red Cap Cards. Have fun, eat some candies, and enjoy the love that is within your grasp. Here’s a few visual treats to get you started…
Happy Valentine’s Day!
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” -Martin Luther King Jr.
This Google doodle by Red Cap artist, Christian Robinson, from several years ago still makes our hearts leap. During these uncertain times, let’s focus on love. Martin Luther King Jr. told us so. Read more about Dr. King’s dreams on his official webpage. And view Christian’s designs for Red Cap, here.
Think that Valentine’s Day was invented by the greeting card companies? Not so, as much as we wish we could take credit for that one. The holiday dates back all the way to a temple priest (Valentine) who was beheaded in 270 AD. Emperor Claudius was peeved with Valentine for performing illegal marriage ceremonies for the army’s soldiers who were forbidden from marriage. New laws enacted by Claudius stated that a Roman soldier should only be in love with the Roman Empire, and was not allowed to wed. After being caught, Valentine was thrown in jail to await his execution where (legend has it) he healed the jailer’s blind daughter. He then gave the girl a card with the written words, “from your Valentine.” February 14th was the date when Valentine received Catholic martyrdom, and the rest is history!
We at Red Cap Cards are invested in celebrating the legend through love and thoughtfulness. Send your heart on a piece of art. Click over to our shop to see all of our Valentine cards—many of them brand new! Follow our Instagram for even more Valentines during the month of love. It’s all you need, you know.
Merriest of merries. Happiest of happies. We hope this Yuletide season finds you warm, cozy, and surrounded by friends and loved ones.
Love, Red Cap Cards
Last week, we were so busy having fun wrapping the gifts, that we forgot to give you our suggestions for what those gifts might be! Our Red Cap Cards artists are always hard at work, creating beautiful art, books, and goodies, and we wanted to share a few fun treats! From bottles of wine to books for the kids, everyone on your gift list is covered this year. See below for a small selection of fantastic holiday gift possibilities:
1. For your crazy-fun sister, who is always the life of the party: Jet Set Jungle Syrah, with label art work by Red Cap artist, Meg Hunt. We’re not sure how this one tastes, but if it’s anything as bold and lovely as Meg’s artwork, it’s sure to satisfy. Click over to Barrel + Ink to grab a bottle or two.
2. For your favorite niece or nephew who loves a good laugh: Hello, Mr. Dodo! by Red Cap artist, Nicholas John Frith. This is Nicholas John’s second picture book, and would make a perfect gift for young readers. Rather than a rambunctious hummingbird, this one is about a girl and her new doughnut-loving pal, a dodo. Published in hardcover by Arthur A. Levine books.
3. For any friend who always has great ideas they need to jot down: pick a notebook, any notebook. As if we could forget our favorite gift of this year. From Moth Magic to Forest Blue, the original Red Cap Cards notebooks are 5×7 inches, with 56 unruled pages, and boast an offset printed, heavyweight linen texture cover with foil details. Click over to our shop to see them all.
6. For the grandkids, who adore a whimsical story about friendship and triumph: a signed copy of Jill & Dragon by Lesley Barnes, available from her Etsy shop. This is a great nightly read, and has a surprising and sweet ending!
7. Don’t forget to grab something for yourself while you’re shopping around Lesley‘s shop. This bone china Knight Parade mug will hold cup after cup…after cup of very dark, caffeinated coffee for when your spouse’s family is in town.
It’s time to spread some cheer! We are so excited to share this gift wrap tutorial video with you today, plus, see below for a few tips and tricks for creating a flawlessly wrapped package for the holidays. And, hey! Our gift wrap isn’t just for every day gifting. Jazz up your packages for the holidays or a special New Year hostess gift. Thank goodness for 2017! Also, don’t forget to download your free instructions to create your own Origami Tree ornaments (as seen in the video), here.
And…if you’re going to be in our area this weekend, don’t forget to stop by West Elm and visit us at our Pop-Up shop. We will have special deals and funsies for all of the folks on your list. It’s rare that we do this, so come say hi and pick up some goodies for the holidays! All of our products will be discounted and a portion of the profit will be donated to a local school here in Los Angeles. Three cheers to West Elm for all of their continued support! Stop by on Saturday the 3rd from 1-4pm in Santa Monica.
It’s hard to believe it’s been eleven years since we started Red Cap Cards. It seems like only yesterday we were hand painting cards with our friends and family in our West Hollywood bungalow apartment. Today, we count over twenty-five artists as collaborators and friends on our mission to spread joy, love, and art through our products.
This Thanksgiving, we at Red Cap Cards want to say thank you. Thank you to our talented artists for bringing such life into our designs and for creating works for so many people to enjoy. Thank you to each of you for your individual perspective and cohesive vision.
Thank you to our wonderful team! Red Cap Cards is a beautiful family of artists, visionaries and storytellers all coming together to celebrate connection. Thank you to all of our team members here and around the world for being such an invaluable part of our family. We are so thankful for all of you.
And thank you to YOU, our customers, our fans and our community for making the past eleven years possible. Thank you for your support and love and excitement when we roll out a new product or introduce a new artist. We would not be here without you.
Happy Thanksgiving, and here’s to another eleven years.
Here come the holidays! We were so happy to see that our gold foil holiday cards by Anke Weckmann were featured on one of our favorite blogs this week. Thanks so much to Papercrave for a special post on these lovelies, which we adore in all of their glittery goodness.
Click over to Papercrave to read the entire post, and make sure to browse while you’re there–their taste is impeccable!
What a delightful time of year! Autumn days bring cozy-cuddling, candy corn, and warm cider…sweaters, foliage, and pumpkin spice. Last year we had fun with our Life in Fall by Sarah Burwash and Life in Halloween Kids by Kelsey Garrity-Riley post, and this year, we wanted to focus on the spectacular and spooky art work that our Red Cap artists have produced on their own. We took a crisp stroll through their blogs, tumblrs, and Instagrams to find these beautiful illustrations that will you have you ready to go trick or treating (especially that fantastic animated gif by Yelena Bryksenkova!) Happy Halloween, everyone!
Instagram is pretty much where the party is at lately, including the Instagram of good pal and Red Cap artist, Josie Portillo. We stumbled across this snapshot of one of her works-in-progress for an upcoming Red Cap holiday card and couldn't wait to share it here:
We love to see those pencil strokes! Don't you wish you were a drawing so you could live in this house?? This design will be a part of a larger collection of 72 cards we are printing this spring, including a lovely assortment of holiday cards from Josie and more, plus new work from Barbara Dziadosz.
Another fun find–check out this illustration from Josie's new book, The League of Beastly Dreadfuls Book 2: The Dastardly Deed written by Holly Grant. This behind-the-scenes snippet from Josie cracks us up: “I'll let you in on a little secret – I loosely based Sir Marvelmop's design on talented yet creepy music producer Phil Spector who sported all sorts of outlandish wigs during a murder trial.” ha!
The festive funsies keep coming on Instagram, and we wanted to share some of the fun! If you’re up to be impressed, be sure you’re following our artists, who can be found on any of our Instagram posts. For now, we hope you are all nestled all snug in your homes, getting ready for the approaching holiday weekend. Grab some cocoa and marshy-mallows and check out these lovely tidbits from a few of our artists.
The holiday spirit is in the air! How delightful is this illustration by Red Cap artist, Yelena Bryksenkova for Libelle Daily? We can just feel the cozy. We are also pretty ecstatic about this lovely illustration of the three wise men by Red Cap artist, Lizzy Stewart. Not to mention these hand-painted ornaments that we are currently coveting:
And if you’re in search of a last-minute gift, grab a copy of the sure-to-be classic Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett with illustrations by our own Jon Klassen. A favorite wintery tale, Extra Yarn (a Caldecott Honor Book, Boston Globe-Horn Book Award winner, and a New York Times bestseller) is the story of how a young girl and her box of magical yarn transform a community (Amazon).
Not in the mood for licking stamps this year for your holiday cards? As much as we love and value a handwritten note, if you're just too busy to send a 'seasons greeting' through the post, sending a greeting online is the next best thing for your loved ones. Isn't that why we keep in touch in the first place? Send a card, an emailed greeting, a carrier pigeon, hey–you tell us!
Our collection for Paperless Post comes with all of the tools to help you make someone feel special, including a virtual envelope (oh-so-cute). Take a look at just a tiny peek of some of our holiday collection below, or click over to Paperless Post to see more, and don't forget to send one our way! (PS. They also do invitations and other types of greeting cards! Check out their full collection here.)
Gobble! Gobble! We are back home and ready for Turkery (or tofurkey) day. The holiday season is about love, being together and of course…fun. We put together a few of our favorite funsies for how to Funs-giving your Thanksgiving Day. Be thankful for these because we are loving all of it. Have a good one!
1. This one just about sums it up perfectly, and oh-so-beautifully. “Celebrate” card by Sarah Burwash, Red Cap Cards.
2. Hal's Holiday Cocktail is just around the corner, but in the meantime you can sip on this one from Martha Stewart: the Cranberry Cosmopolitan.
3. You don't have to wait for a 'Happy Christmas' … we love these Thanksgiving Be Thankful Party Crackers from Meri Meri.
4. Another gem from Meri Meri: die-cut wooden Be Thankful Napkin Rings.
5. This one goes out to the kiddos, from Arlo. Create a tipi place card! A place to gather, a place to sit. Check them out at Paper Source.
6. Mr. Boddington's Studio is effortlessly tongue-in-cheek. Loving this Hipster Thanksgiving card.
Oh my goodness gracious, how excited are we? As if Christmas wasn't exciting enough, here's another awesome thing to add to your list of what you'd like to find under the tree. Red Cap artist, Yelena Bryksenkova, has illustrated an edition of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, available from Chronicle Books. The best part…it's out today! Click over to Yelena Bryksenkova's website to view even more illustrations. They are stunning! Is it too late to mark this as the official start of the holiday season? Guys?…is it?
Images courtesy Yelena Bryksenkova
Did you know that Hal is quite the exuberant mixologist? Not just in the masterful ways of Black Coffee, but in boozey concoctions as well! Clink glasses with us and let Hal help you warm up your holiday with the perfect cocktail recipe below. This one's called the Rhubarb Winter and just one sip will most definitely not satisfy–you'll need to have a few more!
Hal's Rhubarb Winter
• 3 ounces Uncle Val’s botanical gin
• 1 1/2 ounces fresh squeezed lime juice
• 1 dash Fee Brothers Rhubarb Bitters
• 2 dashes Angostura bitters
• 1 round teaspoon raw sugar
• lime zest or twist for garnish
Add the ingredients to a Boston shaker or cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake vigorously for 10 seconds. Strain the contents into a chilled cocktail glass or highball with spherical ice and garnish with lime zest or twist.
Now that it's December–officially the holiday season, we can feel the warmth and joy in the air! Our 'Life In…' posts are some of the most fun to write-up, and we are happy to share a brand new holiday edition with you!
Kelsey Garrity-Riley's “Christmas Fireplace” just about sums up the holidays for us: a warm fire, decorated cookies, packages from loved ones and a happy glow. Take a look below to see how we re-envisioned “Christmas Fireplace” in real life.
1. The holidays are not all about presents, but they can be a little bit, right? Don't forget your favorite friends and loved ones. We love these simple brown paper packages, tied up with strings.
2. The perfect wreath–grab this one from Target.
3. It's not always easy to come across a smiling deer bust, mounted perfectly on a vintage crest, so we love that this one exists! Available from Uncommon Goods.
4. Get cozy by the fireplace this winter, and if you don't have a fireplace, you can always just fake it!
5. Leave your cookies and milk (or milk alternative!) out for Santa on this classy galvanized steel tray.
6. The perfect Kilim Rug to curl up on in front of the fire.
7. Don't eat those! They're for Santa! Sweet treats to share or snack on. Try this recipe for gingerbread snowflakes!
8. Last but not least, some very looonng stockings–perfect for stuffing full of holiday goodies.
Little Arlo wants to remind you to also eat your veggies on this magnificent Thanksgiving holiday–not just all that gooey, delicious stuffing and sweet pie. We wish you a happy and healthy holiday! Love, from Red Cap Cards.
Keep Warm, by Yelena Bryksenkova, $3.95 or $14.95 for a box of 8
It's just about that time–time for wrapping presents, decking halls and (our favorite!) mailing holiday cards! It's easy to get caught up in the bustle of the season, but sitting down with a mug of hot chocolate–make ours spiked!–and a bit of music to write to friends and loved ones is what the season is all about. We're so honored to have such talented artists like Yelena Bryksenkova (above), Sarah Burwash, Kelsey Garrity-Riley, and many more as part of our festive family.
Don't be a Christmas goose! Definitely make sure to check out all of our sparkling holiday card designs, here. Some newbies for your consideration are below!
Be Merry and Bright, by Sarah Burwash, $3.95 or $14.95 for a box of 8
Sled Ride, by Yelena Bryksenkova, $3.95 or $14.95 for a box of 8
Christmas Fireplace, by Kelsey Garrity-Riley, $3.95 or $14.95 for a box of 8
We had to make a cup of hot chocolate with extra teeny-tiny marshmallows for this post. Yes–if you live anywhere near Los Angeles, it might not feel like the holidays are right around the corner, but they are! We are halfway through September (gasp!) and we were just dying to show you these new holiday styles for Paperless Post. Call it a sneak peek.
Paperless Post offers you a simple, digital way to send sweet notes to your favorite family and friends. Red Cap Cards is honored to have been able to work with them on a digital collection, and now we are introducing our holiday collection! With designs by Christian Robinson, Becca Stadtlander, Josie Portillo, Blanca Gomez, Sarah Burwash, Jill Labieniec, Yelena Bryksenkova, Lizzy Stewart, Kelsey Garrity-Riley and Jon Klassen, we have tons of styles by a bunch of our talented designers to mail online.
Don't worry–we'll remind you of these designs when winter is knocking on your door…it will be sooner than you think! In the meantime, click over to Paperless Post and let the sugar plums dance through your head!
What did your Christmas look like when you were a kid? We got into the spirit on a trip down memory lane, thinking about our old holiday wishlists from years past. Can you believe our requests to Santa are now considered vintage fab finds? We'd love to hear about what you dreamed about finding under the tree when you were a kid! Leave a comment for us, and enjoy our timeless treasures:
1. Gizmo! “But the most important rule, the rule you can never forget – no matter how much he cries, or how much he begs, never, never feed him after midnight.”
2. If you didn't have a Snoopy Sno-Cone Machine, you were…well, thirsty. The Snoopy Sno-Cone machine was a plastic party and we still want one!
3. ESPRIT: oh the fashion of the 80's. We love you Esprit, now, forever and always. 4. My Little Pony: no Sea Ponies here, we wanted the real deal! Here's a tip: don't cut the tail, it doesn't grow back.
5. Skip It! What happened to exercise toys?! These were a favorite during Saturday morning cartoon commercials, despite their high-dysfunction record.
6. BMX bike. On-road, off-road, this little guy took you anywhere you wanted to go, and is still going strong!
7. Casio, oh how we loved you. You played taught us to play Greensleeves, plus make sick noises like in Ferris Bueller's Day Off. Plus–you were portable (kinda)!
8. And the coup de grâce, the bane of our parents' existence: The fabulous Cabbage Patch Doll. There were fights over this one–and rightly so.
What was on your list?
Do the holidays inspire your artistic side? They inspire us! Or, at least, these amazing illustrators do. These illustrations make us want to curl up by the fire with a mug of hot chocolate and a candy cane! Check out some favorites below, and don't forget to visit our Holiday Style Pinterest board to see even more that didn't fit here! Enjoy, and Happy Holidays!
1. We love the warm simplicity in this piece! The Longest Train Ride to Zermatt by Josie Portillo.
2. An old holiday favorite–if you haven't had the opportunity to read this childrens' book or see the Jim Henson movie, definitely look it up! Emmett Otter's Jugband Christmas by Russell Hoban with illustrations by Lillian Hoban.
3. A family favorite of ours! The perfect, cozy Christmas story: Leonard Weisgard's The Night Before Christmas
4. A new favorite! “Simple Snow Day,” by upcoming Red Cap artist, Kelsey Garrity-Riley.
5. We can't get enough of this food-themed holiday wrapping paper by illustrator, Nicholas John Frith. Look at the little Christmas crackers!
6. Another fabulous illustration by artist, Josie Portillo. Modern and linear, we feel like this is a sweet nod to Charley Harper.
Thanksgiving is here, and we are thankful for you! (As if we needed an excuse to write a thank you card) The holiday season is getting started and in celebration, we've rounded up a few of our favorite Turkey/Tofurkey Day treats from around the web. So gather around the table and pass the stuffing!
(Clockwise from top left)
1. Make yourself this DIY Happy Thanksgiving Banner for your “Friendsgiving” from A Beautiful Mess
2. A sweet treat in such a delicious shape…Canned Cranberry Happy Thanksgiving Card by Dear Hancock, available from Urbanic Paper
3. Faux Wishbones for all you vegetarians! By Something's Hiding in Here, available from Houzz (You might not want to break these ones though).
4. And our favorite of course: Fall greeting card by Sarah Burwash!
5. Turkey Cup Cozy printable from A Subtle Revelry for kids to try.
6. And the perfect miniature centerpiece: Gobble, Gobble vintage ceramic turkeys from becaruns on Etsy.
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!
Is it too early to begin indulging in one of my favorite holiday treats? I think not. It's Egg Nog and Whiskey time people!