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We’re all about the gin at Polka Dot Bride and when the crew at award-winning gin maker Craft & Co sent along one of their favourite recipes ‘The Craft & Co Fizz’ (along with a bottle of said gin!), we couldn’t help but whip it up for this week’s Cocktail Friday!

Craft & Co is Melbourne’s first city distillery – their Collingwood Dry picked up a silver medal at the Australian Distilled Spirit Awards – distilling their gin and other spirits including grappa and limoncello on site in Collingwood. For those that want to get creative, Craft & Co will work with you to create your very own gin flavour (keep it for yourself for an anniversary toast or serve it at your reception). They’ll even decant your special gin into individual favour-sized bottles with a custom label for your bonbonniere, making for a very merry wedding, see our photo below!

Not only does Craft & Co whip up amazing spirits, this brewery, winery, cellar door and classroom hybrid also loves to host a good wedding! (You can see one we have featured here!). The Makers Hall, our favourite space of the four on offer, is able to accommodate 200 guests for a cocktail wedding or 140 for a sit-down celebration in a stunning, industrial style setting. Just the spot for urban lovers who adore good food and gin!

So we’re toasting in celebration of all things crafty as we share The Craft & Co Fizz with you!

Ingredients

60ml soda
45ml Craft & Co Gin
30ml lemon juice
15ml simple syrup
basil
lemon twist

Method

  • Add soda to a Collins glass and set aside
  • Add all remaining ingredients over ice to shaker, shake vigorously for 15-20 seconds
  • Double strain into Collins glass
  • Garnish with a lemon twist and basil

Images by Ms Polka Dot.

There is something lovely about loads of lush foliage. This magnolia foliage, heart wreath tutorial will have you whipping up event decor to please even the biggest botanics fan! You can tailor this wreath to suit any theme by using different greenery, adding blooms, keeping things simple or by going as opulent as you please!

If you’re planning to decorate a space for a kitchen tea, bridal shower or even the big day itself, this wreath can be made a day in advance, which allows plenty of time for some pre-party pampering! Make several in different sizes for a stunning feature wall, place one at the entrance way or above the drinks/gifts table or attach them to an outdoor trellis. Using magnolia foliage will ensure your wreath will last several days and may even make a gorgeous gift for someone special!

What You Will Need:

  • Chosen foliage – I used half a small bunch of magnolia and several small tropical leaves. Consider using eucalyptus for a softer look (and divine scent!), camellia for a similar effect to the magnolia, or even ferns for a vintage feel.
  • Heavy gauge wire
  • Wire snips
  • Flower snips
  • Florist twine (you can substitute this for normal string in a pinch)

What To Do:

Step 1. Decide on the size and shape of your wreath, and use the wire to create your chosen design. Ensure the wire is fastened securely (you may need small pliers for this if the wire is particularly strong) and add a small loop at the top so that it can be easily displayed. Cut short lengths of twine, approximately 5-8cms long.

Step 2. Prepare your chosen foliage. If using longer pieces of foliage (such as eucalyptus), leave them long. If using larger varieties of foliage such as tropical leaves or magnolia, trim the stems and select nice glossy leaves. Leave approximately 10cm of bare stem to make attachment easier.

Step 3. Begin attaching your foliage with the florist’s twine, ensuring every piece is secure. You will need to secure each piece of foliage at two different points on the stem to stop the foliage slipping about.

Step 4. Continue to add foliage, being aware it may look a little messy during the process. Use extra pieces of twine to add pieces in or to adjust leaves as you go. Once you’re finished adding foliage, neaten up loose pieces and trim any oddly hanging leaves. Hang on the wall and hey presto – you’ve just made a gorgeous fresh foliage wreath!

All images by Ms Honeycomb

Ms Zigzag says: These wreaths are so beautiful for any event or for no occasion at all. I’ve always wondered how I could make one myself and now I know. Thanks, Ms Honeycomb! 

Cocktail Friday The Emporium Hotel Gingerbread Man

If you love gingerbread men and can’t wait until the Christmas season to get your fix, we have just the (boozy) solution for you! The Emporium Hotel in Brisbane serves up the most festive-tasting cocktail of them all – The Gingerbread Man. Make it yourself at home using their recipe below or better yet, visit or stay at the hotel and have them make it for you!

Gingerbread Man

Ingredients:

15ml Absolut Vodka

15ml Mozart White

15ml Butterscotch Schnapps

15ml Frangelico

15ml Gingerbread Syrup

5ml Vanilla Syrup

Garnish

Crumble Mix (crushed shortbread)

Cocoa powder

Method:

Combine all of the ingredients into a cocktail shaker and shake over ice. Strain into a brandy glass and top with crumble mix and a light dust of chocolate.

Glass: Brandy

If a trip to Brisbane is in your near future, they have a killer deal for you… The Emporium Hotel in Brisbane has announced the Signature Sips package featuring four cocktails of choice from their specially curated 10th Anniversary Cocktail Menu, seasonal tapas board, a reserved spot in the stunning Cocktail Bar, late checkout and valet parking, all for the special enhancement price of $100 plus room rate. The offer is available until December 31st 2017. Enjoy Dotties!

Recipe and image by The Emporium Hotel in Brisbane.