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We loved creating today’s Blood Orange Elderflower Cocktail with its spicy, floral taste.

There is something special about the flavour of blood orange. The bitter citrus notes give an extra layer of complexity to a cocktail and this, combined with the spicy ginger of the added ginger beer and the floral sweetness of elderflower, creates a delicious cocktail that is a little lighter for the cooler months.

Ingredients:

  • 30ml The Craft & Co ‘Collingwood Dry’ gin
  • 30ml St Germain elderflower liqueur
  • 14ml lime juice
  • 8ml blood orange juice
  • 60ml ginger beer
  • ice

Method:

In a cocktail shaker combine gin, elderflower liqueur and blood orange juice and shake well

Pour over ice and top with cold ginger beer

Garnish with fresh herbs and citrus slices

Recipe and image by Polka Dot Bride. 

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The cooler seasons bring beautifully frosty mornings, the smell of wood burning fires and, of course, weddings that are styled to wintery perfection! If you’re wanting to try a little DIY for your guest favours, give these mulled wine sachets a whirl. They smell like Christmas and are easy to whip together, making them a win in every situation!

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Stock up on spices and red wine and these beauties will be made in no time at all!

What You Will Need (per sachet):

  • 2 x approximately 12x12cm muslin squares
  • Thread and needle OR sewing machine
  • 1 Tbsp dried orange peel (see instructions below)
  • 1 x cinnamon stick
  • 1 x tsp whole cloves
  • 1 x star anise
  • 5 black peppercorns
  • 2 tsp brown sugar
  • Optional – 1tsp allspice berries
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Step 1. Begin by sorting all of your spices and cutting your cinnamon sticks in half. To dry the orange peel, peel the orange and ensure all the pith is removed. Place in the oven at 75 degrees for 45 minutes, or until dry but still orange in colour.

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Step 2. Place one piece of muslin flat, and load it up with all the spices, dried orange peel and sugar.

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Step 3. Once you have everything on the square piece of muslin, place the second square over the top and carefully sew around the edge. You can alternatively sew three sides and then fill, before completing the sewing. If you’re looking for a no sew method, simply make the muslin squares bigger, and tie them closed with some pretty ribbon!

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Step 4. Place on each table setting or give with a flavoursome half bottle of red wine and tie with a tag. This these mulled wine sachets will be the perfect gift for your lucky guests!

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Ms Zebra Says: Who doesn’t love a bit of mulled wine in the winter?! What a great (and unique) wedding favour for your guests. Definitely something I’d love to receive! Plus, it means even more when you hand make a gift yourself. 

About Ms Honeycomb  – Hi, 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).

Fraser Suites in Perth have recently released their new Spiked Hot Chocolate! Not only do they have a spectacular view over the Swan River, they also love to host a Winter Wedding. Sit and watch the world (or wedding party) go by as you sip on this perfect indulgent cocktail! It makes a great winter night cap or a dessert for a winter themed special day! Fraser Suites Perth and their winter themed cocktail has hit the nail on the head with this warm winter treat!

What you’ll need 

  • 100ml hot chocolate
  • 30ml Cognac
  • 15 crème de cacao
  • 15ml Frangelico
  • Chocolate powder

Method

Combine cognac, crème de cacao and Frangelico together in a large mug, prepare hot chocolate to taste and pour over alcohol. Top with freshly toasted marshmallows and a dusting of chocolate powder to finish.

About Fraser Suites Perth is a contemporary 5 star hotel (and wedding/honeymoon destination) in Perth with amazing views over the Swan River. “We aim to anticipate and exceed customers’ evolving expectations through continuous innovation and intuitive service to deliver memorable experiences.”