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If there is one thing I have spent the past few years learning, it’s that Tassie knows how to make a tipple! So for The Tasmania Issue, I knew I needed to whip up a few special cocktails that make the most of the amazing distilleries, winemakers and producers that the apple isle produces. Today meet our Tasmania Royale.

We’ve been taste testing plenty of Tassie producer’s creations lately and two of the Polka households have fallen in love with their fair share. First up, meet McHenrys Distllery – Tasmanian distiller of gin and whiskey and maker of one of my favourites – a beautiful sloe gin. Crafted from Tasmanian sloe berries and steeped for twelve months, my most favourite way to drink this, is with tonic and plenty of fresh limes!

But as it turns out, it also goes well with another favourite, Tasmanian discovery, House of Arras. We’re always glad to pop bubbles here, and this Tasmanian sparkling wine producer makes one of our favourites – The A By Arras Premium Cuvee. The fresh, delicate flavour of this one always makes us thankful we chose it.

What better way to celebrate all things Tasmania than combining the two? This cocktail is so very easy (especially for large numbers!), delicious and something special to serve up at your wedding day.

Ingredients

  • 30ml sloe gin
  • 300ml sparkling wine
  • Fresh thyme

Method:

  • Pour sloe gin into a glass
  • Add chilled sparkling wine
  • Stir
  • Garnish with a sprig of fresh thyme
  • Toast & enjoy!

Personalising gifts for your guests is a super easy thing to do and these sweet clay initial ornaments are the loveliest little present for your nearest and dearest! Perfect for all guests, bridal showers or the kiddies table (hello Christmas in July!), you can customise these tags with initials, names, shapes and colours.

These personalised wedding favours will last forever, and are so much fun to make! Hunt down some cutters that suit your engagement party or wedding day theme and get stamping! This wedding DIY is fast and easy!

What You Will Need:

  • An oven – no way round this! If you’re stuck, find a friend who is willing to share their kitchen
  • Polymer clay – Sculpey brand is readily available from Spotlight
  • Cookie cutter shapes  – you can also free hand cut simple shapes like diamonds
  • Initial stamps
  • Twine
  • Rolling pin
  • Skewer or tooth pick
  • Baking paper, cutting board and baking tray

Step 1. Unwrap the clay and warm it up in your hand, making it a little more malleable. Lay one sheet of paper down, and place the clay on it. Place another piece of paper over the top, and roll out the clay to approximately one quarter of an inch. If you get wrinkles in the clay, remove the paper for one last smoothing roll.

Step 2. Place your chosen cutters on top of the clay and firmly press out the shape. One block of clay doesn’t stretch too far, so you may need to reshape and reroll for each cut.

Step 3. Place all of your shapes on a sheet of baking paper and onto on an oven tray. Using the letter stamps, stamp an initial onto each clay cutout. Using a wooden skewer or toothpick, make a hole in the top of the shape for your twine,

Step 4. Bake the shapes following the instructions on the packet. Once they have cooled down, cut pieces of twine (or ribbon), threading it onto each cutout. These sweet gifts can be displayed on each table setting, hanging on a wishing tree, or even used as a personalised touch tied on the top of a bridesmaid gift. They even look gorgeous tied around a wee succulent plant or used as a table setting decoration!

Ms Zebra Says: Aren’t these favours so sweet?! Such a thoughtful piece to take home after enjoying a wonderful wedding celebration – plus you can bring them out every Christmas to use as meaningful decorations on the tree!

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).

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The Glass House is a glass-encased, fine dining venue happily floating atop Hobart’s River Derwent. They’ve got glinting, 280 degree views of Sullivan’s Cove, a Tasmanian-centric wine list and a sense of Australian elegance here for your wedding guests to enjoy!

In the meantime, you can enjoy this refined cocktail recipe that they’ve revealed to us, especially for our ‘Tasmania Issue‘. Their ‘I Live by the River’ is a twist on a modern classic; the ‘London Calling’. The Glass House’s version fuses local wine and local gin – how delicious does that sound?

I Live by the River by The Glass House

  • 45ml Lawrenny 1818 Settlers gin
  • 10ml Sweetdram Escubac spirit
  • 10ml Fino sherry
  • 15ml Tasmanian Pinot Noir reduction
  • 3 dashes of orange bitters
  • Sugar syrup, to taste

Shake all ingredients with ice and strain. Garnish with your favourite edible flower.

About Ms Fleur De Lys: Aside from being Ms Polka’s Editorial Assistant, Ms Fleur de Lys is also Polka Dot Bride’s Melbourne correspondent so you’ll see her running all over town finding wedding inspiration. As both a lifestyle journalist and cocktail aficionado, Fleur appreciates the power of words whipped up as deftly as a good martini.