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For The Black Tie Issue, the obvious choice of cocktail Friday had to include the strong, classic Black Russian cocktail. Drawing it’s origin from 1949, by a Belgium bartender, this one? it isn’t for the faint-hearted, and that’s why I love it.
I personally love and use Mr Black coffee liqueur over the traditional Kahlua or Tia Maria- it’s cold pressed and Australian made and owned, and I love its depth of flavour and the coffee kick it lends to this cocktail in particular.
It’s somewhat traditional to garnish the Black Russian with a maraschino cherry- for a modern modern take, I suggest lime, an unexpected, but a delciious twist.
- 100ml vodka
- 50ml coffee liqueur
- Lime for garnish
- In a short glass, stir together vodka and coffee liqueur
- Add plenty of ice
- Top with fresh lime
The best thing about organising a wedding, is that you are in charge of all the fun little details that make the day unique. If the dress code for your wedding is black tie, there is going to be certain things that will be predictable. Your guests will be looking extra dapper in their black bow ties and long evening gowns – so why not be a little playful with touches like the bouquets and buttonholes? It’s no secret that we are partial to a little rosemary here at the Polka Dot headquarters – and this miniature rosemary wreath style buttonhole is no exception. What a lovely personal touch if you are able to pick some rosemary from a loved one’s garden. Or even if this is not possible, according to Italian wedding tradition, including rosemary in your wedding day is said to be good luck. Enjoy!
You Will Need:
Gold jewellery wire – approximately 1m
2 x Dressmaker pins for attaching to suit
Step One. Cut a length of wire approximately 34cm long. Halve it and twist together leaving a loop at either end.
Step Two. Cut another length of wire, approximately 18-20cm long. The length doesn’t matter too much as you will trim it at the end. Tightly twist the end of the wire onto one of your end loops.
Step Three. Select your piece of Rosemary – approximately 20cm long. Again, you will trim at the end to the right size so better to have a little bigger than smaller. Starting at the one of your loops, position the end of the rosemary on top and slowly wrap the wire around the rosemary, fastening it to the original twisted base.
Step Four. Continue this process until you reach the other end of your twisted base. You may need to manipulate the rosemary to bend as required. Trim if necessary.
Step Five. Cut a small piece of wire and use it to twist together the two loop ends of your twisted wire base. Your rosemary buttonhole is complete!
Step Six. Attach the miniature rosemary wreath using dressmaker pins. If not using right away, the rosemary will keep well in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days.
Ms Zigzag says: I love the idea of picking the rosemary from your own garden or from a loved one’s garden. Not only does it look gorgeous against the tux but it also creates a nice talking point between the groom and the guests.
About Jessica Derrick: I’m a writer and a lover of words and stories, pretty papers and flowers. I find great satisfaction in creating something beautiful from the simplest of materials. I’m happiest in a home bustling with conversation and music, sitting at a beautifully decorated table surrounded by good friends and delicious food – with a glass of champagne in hand, of course!