Cocktail Teasers at The Garden Bar

Picture Friday afternoons at The Garden Bar at Hemingway’s overlooking the stunning Abell Point Marina, Airlie Beach, Queensland. Offering a light bar menu, signature espresso martini cocktails and a range of cocktail teasers, The Garden Bar offers a cool, contemporary venue to relax after a day out exploring the Whitsundays.

Here are the recipes for two of our favourite teasers:

Bloody Hell Mary


60ml Vodka

110ml Tomato Juice

15ml Lemon Juice

15ml Worcestershire Sauce

Dash Tobasco Sauce

Salt & Pepper


Combine all ingredients with ice in a cocktail shaker, when combined serve in a tall shot glass with a celery leaf for garnish.

Spicy Mexican


75ml Jalapeno Tequila

30ml Grand Marnier

5ml Agave Syrup

5ml Orangce Juice

5ml Lime


Combine all ingredients, roll, shake then strain. Serve with a salt rim and jalapeno.

The Garden Bar is open Tuesday – Sunday from 4pm at Abell Point Marina.

Bloody Hell Mary and Spicy Mexican
Cocktail time at Hemingways

Images via Hemingways Airlie Beach

Making an impact with your wedding guest favours can be so easily accomplished! These sweet soaps wrapped in thick floral paper and bound with passionfruit vine are a piece of cake to put together! Not only a lovely gift for your friends and family, but a fun and simple wedding DIY that will look absolutely beautiful!

Choose your favourite soap and stock up on some gorgeous floral wrapping paper. These paper wrapped soap favours can be made well in advance and can be tweaked to suit any theme. Just make sure you leave some spare for yourself!

What You Will Need:

  • Soap blocks (try to find a lovely soap with reasonably sharp corners, as this will help with folding your paper neatly)
  • Good quality wrapping paper in your chosen print
  • Double sided tape
  • Scissors
  • Twine/ribbon/vines to bind your soap with

Step 1. Cut rectangles of paper to generously cover your block of soap on the length, but with approximately 2-3 centimeters only at the short ends.

Step 2. Wrap the soap lengthways, like a present, and secure with double sided tape. The neater the edges and folding, the better the overall product will look once finished. Fold in the shorter ends with precise corners.

Step 3. Secure short ends with double sided tape. Wrap your chosen twine around your small block of soap, and secure by tucking in the end. I’ve used passionfruit vine with the leaves cut off, but you could use dodda vine, ivy, or any other long lasting foliage. You could also use ribbon or raffia, whatever you feel will suit your decor and theme.

These soaps would be a gorgeous gift for a kitchen tea or placed on each setting at your wedding! Stack them high on a gift table and get crafty with your paper and binding choice. There is no doubt this simple wedding DIY will impress your guests, and be a lot of fun in the making!

Ms Zebra Says: It’s such a great idea to gift things that can last – your guests will be able to put the soap into their linen cupboard and be reminded of you and the great time they had at your wedding each time they change the sheets! How lovely!

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).

If there ever was a drink that screams summer (and more aptly, the Whitsundays!) to me, it’s the classic mojito. It’s tall, icy and full of mint and lime, so just about checks every box for a poolside treat. So today? We’re sharing our classic mojito recipe that is the perfect drink to mix up to bring Summer to your wedding day. I love to add extra lime juice for extra tang to mine, but you can leave this out!


8 fresh mint leaves

One lime

20ml Simple Syrup (you can alternatively use two teaspoons of fine or brown sugar)

20ml lime juice

Crushed ice

50ml of rum

Soda water


Cut your lime into four to eight wedges

Smack your mint to release the oils

Add the fresh mint, lime juice and lime to a highball glass, along with 20ml of simple syrup (or your fine sugar)

Muddle together well

Add ice and rum to the glass and stir

Top with soda water
Garnish with a sprig of mint

Photo by Polka Dot Bride