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Are you organising a hens day party for a bride-to-be with a serious sweet tooth? We have the perfect venue for your event!

Om Nom Kitchen, a fancy dessert bar located in the Melbourne CBD, have just had Australian cocktail whiz Grant Collins shake up their seasonal drinks menu. A lot of the cocktails are based around candy inspirations, so combine that with Om Nom’s sublime desserts and plush interiors and you’ve got the sweetest bridal shower and hens venue.

Om Nom’s Passionbean Martini 

45ml Stoli Vanilla Vodka

45ml apple juice

15ml lime juice

15ml caramel liqueur

15ml passionfruit syrup

– chill coupe glass

– rub a lime slice around the rim of glass

– roll the rim of the glass across icing sugar so that it sticks to the lime juice on the rim

– Combine all ingredients into shaker

– fill shaker with ice

– shake until cold and condensation builds on the shaker

– double strain

– garnish with passionfruit and edible flower

Recipe and image supplied by Om Nom Kitchen. 

About Om Nom Kitchen: Within the iconic Adelphi Hotel is the perfect place to experience desserts that, quite literally, look like pieces of art and taste unimaginably delicious. At Om Nom, we aim to amaze each and every guest with our extraordinary menu – which also includes savoury dishes. But the wow factor isn’t just about what your taste buds will experience. We make it our mission to ensure that you leave just as blown away by our service and staff.

If you’re looking to pamper your bridesmaids before the big day, why not get together and make some delicious homemade honey lip scrub? It takes only minutes to put together and will ensure you all look your best when getting dolled up for the wedding. Gorgeous lips guaranteed under that beautiful shade of lipstick you’ve chosen!

What You Will Need:

  • 1 part honey
  • 2 parts sugar (you can use any type, raw or brown are good options)
  • 1 part oil (almond works well, but you could try coconut, be aware it will solidify in cooler weather)
  • Mixing bowl
  • Little jars (if giving as gifts)

What To Do:

Step One. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl until combined. If it is cooler weather, the honey or oil may be a little solid. Zap your mixture in the microwave at 8 second intervals to make it easier to combine.

Step Two. This scrub is best used fresh. Apply to lips and work gently in a circular motion. Rinse off with warm water and follow with a soothing balm or moisturiser. You can do this nightly in the lead up to the wedding, simply keep the mixture in the fridge.

Step Three. If you’d like to keep the leftovers to use later on, or if you’d like to give this lip scrub as a gift, use a little piece of baking paper to funnel the mixture into your chosen jars. Be aware that the mixture may become more solid over time. Simply run under warm water until it softens before applying the mixture and say hello to soft lips!

If using coconut oil, and storing some mixture for later, keep the scrub in a wide topped jar to make it easier to access.

Ms Zigzag says: You need silky soft lips for that first kiss after you say ‘I do!’ What a sweet little gift to give to your bridesmaids, or better yet, make it together. 

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).

We have been all about the Moscow Mule this year. It may be the lime and minty goodness, it may be the copper cup – who can tell! But in our month of mules earlier this year, our lovely submissions manager Ms Rose (also known as Mary!) also devised this festive season cocktail. We switched out the mint for rosemary for something a little different and when combining the herb notes with the sweetness of strawberries with it, we fell in love.

Ingredients:

  • 15 ml lime juice
  • 10ml grenadine
  • 2 fresh lime wedges
  • 50ml vodka
  • Ice
  • Ginger beer
  • Rosemary
  • Two fresh strawberries per person

Method:

In a copper mug, add plenty of ice (I love 4-5 ice cubes in this cocktail for extra cold deliciousness!) In a cocktail shaker, add your limes, strawberries, lime juice, half a sprig of rosemary and vodka and muddle together.

Add the contents of your cocktail shaker to the copper mug and top with ginger beer.

Garnish with fresh rosemary.

Recipe and image by Ms Polka Dot