Cocktail Friday - Grosvenor Hotel's Mega Mojito Pitcher

It may be winter, but this Cocktail Friday the patterned people are dreaming of white sandy beaches, remote island honeymoons, swaying palm trees – and mojitos! With the Grosvenor Hotel’s Mega Mojito Pitcher, we’re loving the summer vibes; white rum mixed back with lime and mint is so refreshing!


180ml Bacardi White Rum
2 limes (halved)
4tsp sugar
1/2 bunch mint leaves (slap before adding)
Soda water


In a pitcher, build all ingredients over ice.
Top with soda and stir well.

Recipe and image from the Grosvenor Hotel

There’s a reason eucalyptus has shot to the top of wedding decor trends in recent years.  The silvery grey-green hue of a eucalyptus leaf provides the ideal accompaniment to any number of colour schemes. Think of eucalyptus paired with an industrial theme – pops of copper and a mix of greens, or included in a whimsical palate along with soft peach and blush or even a classic romantic scheme paired with crisp whites and creams. It’s a versatile leaf that is not only readily available but budget conscious too. This DIY Eucalyptus Candle Tutorial is a simple one and able to be replicated en-masse. The leaves maintain their freshness for up to a week so the candles could be created ahead of time. You can either find eucalyptus leaves at your local flower market, or if like me you’re partial to a morning walk, have a look closely at your local park, a nature strip or nearby bushland.  You’ll most likely find exactly what you need somewhere within your neighbourhood.

What you’ll need:

3 x pillar candles in varying sizes
A few branches of eucalyptus leaves (or a bunch from your local flower market)
Hot glue gun + glue
Jute twine

Step One. Snip the leaves individually from the branches and arrange them in size order.  Depending on the size of your candles,

Step Two. Plug in the hot glue gun and place some old paper down to catch any of the excess glue. Start with the smallest candle.  Place a thin bead of glue vertically down the candle.  Place a leaf on top and press until it holds.  Repeat this process until you have one layer of leaves around the candle.  Once you are at this point, take a good look at the candle and layer leaves on top using the same process if you think it looks sparse in any area.

Step Three.  Repeat the process for the other two candles.  The first candle takes a little while but once you are in the swing it is an easy and enjoyable process.  Using the scissors, cut a length of twine approximately 80cm long.

Step Four. Wrap the candle three times and tie neatly with a double knot.  Repeat for all candles.  Voila! You now have a beautiful, rustic and handmade addition to your wedding tables.

All images by Jessica Derrick

Ms Polka Dot says: Bringing a touch of  our best known Australian tree into your wedding, with its subtle colours and memorable smell would be a simple yet wonderful way of reminding us of home.

About Jessica: I’m a writer and a lover of words and stories, pretty papers and flowers. I find great satisfaction in creating something beautiful from the simplest of materials. I’m happiest in a home bustling with conversation and music, sitting at a beautifully decorated table surrounded by good friends and delicious food – with a glass of champagne in hand, of course!

With the cooler months being all about apples, pears and delicious spices the team put our heads together to whip up this pear inspired number to warm the cockles of your heart.

Using fresh pear as a garnish is a must for this Winter warmer, but we also love the combination of bourbon and maple syrup for a little Winter richness.


  • 30ml bourbon
  • 5ml maple syrup
  • 5ml lemon juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 30 ml ginger beer
  • 30ml pear nectar
  • Pinch of allspice
  • Fresh pear
  • Ice


In a cocktail shaker, combine bourbon, maple syrup, lemon juice, vanilla extract, pear nectar and allspice.

Muddle ingredients together to blend the flavours and make sure that rich Winter flavour is combined.

Pour into a short glass over ice. Top with ginger beer and stir.

Garnish with fresh pear.

Recipe and image by Polka Dot Bride.