Fresh raspberries are one of my favourite additions to cocktails. These gorgeous little red gems of fruit have an amazing balance between sweet and sour and make a really delicious addition to the classic Moscow mule.

Our Russian Raspberry Mule is a beautiful way to create a Spring version of this classic cocktail. Serve it up in a copper mug and let your garnish of mint and fresh berries steal the show. For an added kick, a little raspberry liqueur would certainly add a special something to this delicious drink.


  • 4 fresh raspberries
  • 2 fresh lime wedges
  • 15 ml lime juice
  • 3 bruised mint leaves
  • 50ml vodka
  • Ice
  • Ginger beer
  • Extra mint leaves and raspberries for garnish


In a cocktail shaker, add raspberries, lime wedges, lime juice, mint leaves and vodka and muddle together.

Strain this mixture into your copper mug, add ice and top with your favourite ginger beer. Stir.

Garnish with fresh raspberries and mint leaves.

Recipe and image by Polka Dot Bride.

Test out your master chef skills with our mouth-watering Belgian white chocolate rocky road recipe. Created by Showtime Events Centre‘s award winning Executive Chef, along with the lemon curd tartlets, vanilla bean panna cotta topped with chia raspberry gel and the petit chocolate eclairs (so delicious!), it has been a hit on our menu for a while now and it is the perfect sweet treat guaranteed to impress at any party.

Start with:

  • 600g white chocolate
  • 500g mini marshmallows
  • 80g shredded coconut
  • 90g toasted pistachios (roughly chopped)
  • 20g freeze dried raspberries
  • Pinch of salt

Get baking:

1. Melt white chocolate.

2. Line a baking pan with greaseproof paper and set aside.

3.  In a bowl, combine marshmallows, shredded coconut, pistachios and 16g of roughly crushed freeze dried raspberries.

4. When white chocolate is melted, pour into the marshmallow mixture, add a pinch of salt and mix together.

5. Spread marshmallow mixture evenly onto baking tray.

6. Crush remaining freeze dried raspberries and sprinkle on top.

7.  Place in fridge to set for at least 2 hours before cutting to desired size.

Makes approximately 60 bite size pieces.


Love the Showtime Family xx

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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Definitely guaranteed to impress – and so easy! Hard to stop at just one piece though….lucky the recipe makes 60!

About Showtime Events Centre: Our award winning venue boasts spectacular views of Melbourne’s city skyline and is superbly positioned along the Yarra River on South Wharf. With a vibrant mix of the old and new, our venue has retained heritage features whilst incorporating current and stylish contemporary designs to create a modern, open space with delightful original touches.

Cocktail Friday - Blood Orange Mule

Blood oranges are so delicious in Winter and this variation on our favourite classic Moscow mule – the blood orange mule – combines a bitter citrus hit with the sweetness of the traditional drink.

We added big doses of blood orange to this cocktail – using a blood orange liqueur and soda which are easy to have on hand if you struggle to find blood oranges nearby – and the flavour packed a punch. So consider this your go to drink for Winter weddings, because it certainly makes our list!


  • 15 ml lime juice
  • 1 fresh lime wedge
  • 1 fresh blood orange wedge
  • 40ml vodka
  • 10ml Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur
  • 3 bruised mint leaves
  • 30ml blood orange soda
  • Ice
  • Ginger beer
  • Rosemary (optional)


In your cocktail shaker, combine the lime juice with the citrus wedges, vodka, Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur and mint leaves. Muddle together so the juices combine and strain into your copper Moscow mule cup over plenty of ice.

Pour in the blood orange soda and top with ginger beer. Stir.

Garnish with blood orange slices, or for a herbal twist – try rosemary!

Recipe and image by Polka Dot Bride.