With its entrancingly golden hue and blood-red rose garnish – not to mention so much dra-mah! – we had to include this one in ‘The Colour Issue‘. That the ‘Belle’s Rose‘ by Storyville is inspired by the romance of Beauty and the Beast, only adds another layer to this cocktail’s appropriateness for a wedding menu.

They serve the drink cloaked in cherrywood smoke (which does alter the flavour a bit) however we love it just as much without! You can actually find smoking kits pretty easily these days if do have someone special to impress with your mixology skills on date night. Or simply take them to Storyville.

Storyville in the Melbourne CBD is a fairytale-themed venue. Sip imaginative cocktails under glowing mushrooms, perch on “tree stumps” and feel Liliputian next to giant books. It would be a conversation-starting bar for your hen’s party cocktail hour (they do offer hen’s packages). Or even make for a weird and wild after-party spot post-wedding reception. They can cater to up to 230 people privately or alternatively have many booth options for smaller celebrations.

Belle’s Rose by Storyville

  • 50ml Pure Scot whiskey
  • 7.5ml De Kuyper apricot brandy
  • 7.5ml rose syrup
  • 25ml lemon juice

Shake all ingredients with plenty of ice and fine strain into a Nick and Nora glass. Attach rose to stem of glass with small clip.

Optional: place on serving glass dome and platform and infuse full dome with cherrywood smoke. Serve like this lifting the dome revealing the drink to the guest.

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.


As we are quickly learning throughout The Colour Issue, one of the quickest and easiest ways to add colour to your wedding? Start with the tabletop! Today, we’ve devised an easy (oh so!) tutorial to create your own colourful napkins to delight your guests and make your table settings really stand out.

Plain napkins in a multitude of colours are really easy to find nowadays, and all you’ll need is a little time and a little creativity to really customise this project and make it your own!

What You’ll Need

  • Assorted cotton napkins – I found mine on eBay, but you can also try op shops and catering supply stores, or make your own!
  • Fabric paints in your wedding colours
  • Assorted stamps in your shape of choice. Hot tip: Educational supply stores or Office Works are my picks for these! The stamps we chose are by a brand called Education Colours, and we found these online at MTA (along with the bright fabric paint!)
  • Paintbrushes and paint palettes
  • Iron

Step one: Wash and iron your napkins!

Step two: Selecting your paint, paint your stamp with your selected colour. We wanted our stamps to look more organic than perfect, so we could load up the stamp unevenly. You’ll need to use a roller if you want a more solid shape.

It’s always good to keep one napkin as a test run, so you can get used to how hard you need to press down, and test out how much coverage you want.

Step three: Get stamping! This is where you can get creative! We alternated our shapes, using the edge of the napkin as your guide. You could also use a roller or piece of paper if you’re wanting perfect lines. So for instance, we did nine prints of one shape, spaced in thirds, and then a different shape alternatively in between. When you’re done, leave them to dry completely.

Step four: When they’re dry, you’ll need to set them as per the instructions on your paint. Normally this just involves another quick iron on both sides of the napkin to make sure the paint sets and won’t rub off or wash away.
And you’re all done! Now? Time to set your table!

Ms Zebra Says: How cute are these? Plus, you or your guests can certainly re-use after the wedding – win!! 

It’s a tough task coming up with delicious cocktails every month, but someone has to do it and I certainly had fun playing with all kinds of coloured treats for this month’s Colour Issue fun! Today, I wanted to hark back to that favourite childhood chocolate and the most colourful – the humble chocolate freckle!

I remember chocolate freckles always being in the bags of mixed lollies, right alongside my favourite, milk bottles. Freckles were never my absolute favourite, but absolutely always a necessity! Today’s cocktail plays on the childhood fun, it’s chocolate and delicious, but a little whimsical with the addition of a sprinkle laden rim.


  • 60ml Full Cream Milk
  • 20ml Cream De Cacao
  • 10ml Irish Cream Liqueur
  • 20ml Pouring Cream
  • One scoop vanilla ice cream (substitute this for chocolate ice cream if you’re up for a “death by chocolate” kind of drink)
  • 1/4 teaspoon Dutch cocoa powder
  • Chocolate syrup
  • Hundreds and thousands or other sprinkles
  • Lemon juice or honey
  • Shaved Chocolate or Flake chocolate bar


  1. To rim your glass, carefully paint on a thin line of honey on the rim of your glass, or run a lemon wedge around the edge. Dip the glass into a bowl or container or sprinkles or hundreds and thousands to rim the glass
  2. Add a little chocolate touch by squeezing 10 or so mls of chocolate sauce into your glass and turning the glass upside down so the glass base is coated in chocolate. You could also use melted chocolate for this step!
  3. In a blender, combine milk, cream de cacao, pouring cream, Dutch cocoa and icecream.
  4. Blend until smooth.
  5. Pour into glass
  6. Top with flaked chocolate or a broken up ‘flake’ chocolate bar.