Cocktail Friday - Spiked Spice Hot Chocolate

You may have discovered the Polka Dot Bride team loves to make our hot chocolate with a bit of an edge because we believe that Winter is amazing (it’s not far off now!) and that serving your guests something warm may just be the most special treat.

We do love a spiked hot chocolate but we’ve added a little flavour of the season to this Spiked Spice Hot Chocolate recipe we devised – after all, what says cooler weather better than spices and chocolate in one?


  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
  • 30 ml Spiced Rum (we use Sailor Jerry)
  • Whipped cream
  • Shaved chocolate


In an ovenproof bowl over a saucepan of water, melt chocolate chips with milk and vanilla bean paste, whisking to remove lumps and create a smooth liquid consistency.

Remove from stove and whisk in spiced rum.

Pour into a mug and add whipped cream and shaved chocolate.

Recipe and image by Polka Dot Bride

A wedding can be a great experience for a child – soft drink and dancing and most likely lots of family and friends that they know – all together in the one place. But, it’s also a long day – and during speeches and all the not-so-exciting (for a kid) parts of a wedding, it’s a good idea to be prepared and have some items on hand for entertainment.

This tutorial for a children’s wedding entertainment kit includes all of the essentials: colouring, activities, bubbles, sweets, games and an activity. Of course, these can be put together depending on the age of the child – for a younger child you might substitute the older child’s activity based items for a picture book and soft toy.

Just remember, entertained children equals relaxed mum and dad guests which in turn, equals a festive and more carefree celebration! So, as we like to say, bring on the crayons!

What You Will Need:
To make one boy and one girl kit. Repeat as necessary.  

  • Brown paper gift bags with blackboard labels
  • Chalk pen
  • 2 x pieces patterned paper
  • Colouring book
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • 2 x pieces thick cardboard
  • 4 x miniature wooden pegs
  • Crayons
  • Twine
  • Individual bubbles
  • 2 x miniature keychain games (found at Kmart)
  • Wooden beads
  • Elastic
  • Cellophane bag
  • Mini Snakes & Ladders board game (found at QBD Books)
  • A few small sweets

What To Do:

Step One. Using the ruler and scissors, cut five pages from the colouring book. Cut a piece of thick card slightly bigger than the colouring sheets. Attach the five colouring sheets to the card using the miniature wooden pegs.

Step Two. Choose five crayons in varying colours and tie together with twine.

Step Three. Place a handful of beads into the cellophane bag. Add a few pieces of elastic which has been cut into necklace sized lengths.

Step Four. Organise items for each bag.
Girls: Colouring Pages | Crayons | Miniature Game | Bead Activity | Bubbles | Sweets
Boys: Colouring Pages | Crayons | Miniature Game | Board Game Activity | Bubbles | Sweets

Step Five: Use the chalk pen to write each child’s name on the brown paper bag. Place all the items in the bag. Using the patterned paper, place a piece in each bag for extra decoration.


Ms Chinoiserie Says: Hours of fun; I love the sweet idea of pegging the colouring pages to the cardboard! So easy and simple!


This Cocktail Friday, get out your Vitamix and let’s get blending as we create their beautifully delicious Affogato. The perfect after-dinner aperitif with liqueur, espresso and vanilla, making cocktails has never been so easy and fun!


  • 120 ml (½ cup) Baileys (or your favourite liqueur)
  • 20 (360 ml) frozen whole milk cubes
  • 50 g (¼ cup) caster sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 340 ml hot espresso


  • Place Baileys, milk cubes, sugar and vanilla into the Vitamix container and secure lid.
  • Select Variable 1.
  • Turn the machine on and slowly increase speed to the highest setting.
  • Blend for 30-40 seconds using the tamper to push the ingredients into the blade.
  • Divide into 4 glasses and top with hot espresso.
* This recipe has been written for the C-Series machines with Variable Speed control and Standard 2.0 litre container. If you are using a different Vitamix machine or container size, you may need to make adjustments to the Variable Speed, processing time, and/or ingredient quantities.