Cocktail Friday - Elderflower Citrus Vanilla Fizz

If there is a time for pink cocktails – it’s a wedding, a bridal shower and Summer! And this pretty in pink ‘Elderflower Citrus Vanilla Fizz’ cocktail has just the right blend of citrus and herbs to make it your new favourite! Perfect as our final cocktail for Ginuary, the patterned people wanted to create a cocktail that was all the things we adore and with a subtle touch of vanilla, this special cocktail surprised us!


  • 60 ml gin
  • 25 ml elderflower liqueur
  • 30 ml pink grapefruit juice
  • 15 ml lemon juice
  • 10 ml sparkling water
  • 5 ml vanilla bean & thyme infused sugar syrup
  • Fresh thyme


To make the vanilla bean sugar syrup, combine one cup sugar and one cup water in a saucepan and add 1/2 teaspoon vanilla bean paste and a few sprigs of fresh thyme. Bring mixture to the boil and stir constantly until the sugar dissolves (3-5 minutes). Let cool with thyme sprig and for extra flavour add additional vanilla bean pods.

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and pour over ice into low ball glasses.

Garnish with fresh thyme sprigs.

Image and recipe by Polka Dot Bride team.


It is my professional opinion that no event can be adversely affected by the presence of a floral garland! I love them, in every shape and size, in every colour, and using every different type of bloom. You really can’t go wrong decorating walls, tables, beams or furniture with flowers, and luckily for us, it is easy to do so!


Scope out your venue, whether it’s a living room or local hall, and stock up on twine. If you’re hoping to cover the place in flowers this is a no-fail option that won’t blow the budget, but will look stunning. These garlands are simple, fuss free and easy to make. You could even untie them at the end of the evening and make posies as gifts to say thank you for coming along!


What you will need:

  • Twine or ribbon, in lengths long enough to cover your chosen area
  • Florists twine (or fine wire) if garland is to hang outside
  • Scissors (for flowers and twine)
  • Flowers (I used gypsophila and eucalyptus, but you could use anything you like – as long as there are branches to hook over the twine. For example, Geraldton wax, spray roses or hypericum. Keep in mind they will be out of water, so natives, berries and foliage will work best)

What to do:

Step 1. Make sure your chosen flowers have had 24 hours in water to keep them as fresh as possible. Cut your blooms into similar sized pieces, making sure that each piece has a ‘hook’ that can loop over the twine.


Step 2. Once all your flowers and foliage has been cut to size, measure how much twine you will need, and tie it up. Tie your twine reasonably tight, as too much slack in the thread will cause all the blooms to slide into the middle. Be aware that ribbon will be much more slippery than twine, and may not hold the flowers in place as securely. If you’re cutting your flowers in advance, you can pop the shorter pieces back into water, to keep them as fresh as possible.


Step 3. When your twine (or ribbon) has been tied up from beam to beam, or wherever you have chosen to hang your garland, begin looping the cut flowers over the twine, so that the flowers hang down towards the ground. It’s that easy!

If your garland is going to hang outside, use small pieces of florist twine (substitute fine wire or string if you haven’t any twine) to secure the stems in place.


You can use one type of flower or vary the blooms between several different types, you can cluster all one type together or evenly space them out – the options are endless! If you’re wanting to know how well the flowers you are wanting to use will last, simply have a trial run. Gypsophila and other fillers (or natives) are an excellent choice. Even if they wilt a little, they’ll still look beautiful!



Ms Chinoiserie Says: So easy – and so stunning! With green being the on-trend colour of the moment, I love the idea of using fragrant eucalyptus!

About Nicola Goring – I’m Nicola, the florist and crafter behind rubyandjoy. I’m a gardening, fabric loving, mint tea drinking, brownie baking, book obsessed maker! I love a good adventure having just moved back from five years in Scotland (with my lovely Scottish husband).



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