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We were so smitten with the gorgeous drinks we shared in our modern bridal shower editorial, that we had to ask the leading ladies at Betty May Vintage to share their recipes with us! We’re so delighted to share the Betty May ladylike version of a classic gin cocktail!

Ingredients:
  • 60 mls gin (We used Hendricks)
  • 1 teaspoon rose syrup
  • Sparkling rosé wine (chilled)
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • A dash of pearl dust shimmer
  • Cucumber slices
  • Lime slices
  • Fresh rosemary
  • Fresh mint
  • Fresh viola flowers

Method:

  1. Add gin, rose syrup, lime juice to a cocktail shaker and shake well
  2. Fill your glass with ice
  3. Pour the shaken cocktail and top with sparkling rosé wine
  4. Sprinkle pearl dust shimmer
  5. Add cucumber and lime slices
  6. Garnish with rosemary, mint, and viola flowers.

 

Add to a glass tumbler (ours have been served in our Betty May Vintage mid century tumblers over ice with a pink and white stripe straw from Ruby Rabbit).

Ms Zebra Says: Who doesn’t love a Gin Cocktail – and better yet, a Ladylike one! Thanks to Erin and the Betty May Vintage team for sharing this crowd pleaser with us!

About the Betty May Vintage Hire Team: We’re curators of one of a kind vintage pieces for life’s favourite moments – big and small, near and far. We’re here for the originals, inventive and light-hearted, and we’re big believers that you find your style, you find your voice. Plus, they love a deliciously offbeat wedding!

Heart shaped beetroot crackers are so simple to make, and will add a very sweet touch to any cheese platter. These tasty morsels are perfect with dips, zingy cheese and crudites, and are delicious all on their own! You can use this method to make tasty vegetable crisps with other root veggies, using a heart shaped cookie cutter for the same effect.

Although the prep can be a little messy, these crackers are a simple way to add a lovely touch to your gourmet spread.

What You Will Need:

  • 4 large beetroot
  • 2 tbsp olive (or other cooking) oil
  • salt and pepper
  • several sprigs each of thyme and rosemary
  • 1 lime
  • sharp knife and cutting board
  • vegetable peeler
  • tray, baking paper and oven
  • food grade gloves (if you’d like to keep your hands stain free)

Step 1. Preheat the oven to 80 degrees. Cut the leaves off your beetroot (you can keep these and eat them similarly to spinach!), peel, and trim the root. Using a sharp knife, cut a triangle shaped indent into the top of the beetroot. You can wear gloves to do this, to avoid snazzy pink hands!

Step 2. Using your sharp knife, begin slicing thin pieces of beetroot to create a heart shape. If you’re not feeling confident with a knife, get your mitts on a mandoline and get this job done in a flash!

Step 3. Once all your beetroot is sliced, place in a bowl. Finely chop the herbs and add, with the oil, to the beetroot, stirring thoroughly to coat every piece.

Step 4. Season with salt and pepper (rock salt adds a lovely crunch), and squeeze in the juice of one lime. Lay each slice out individually onto greaseproof paper, and bake in the oven for approximately one hour.

Step 5. Check the beetroot crackers to see if they are sufficiently crispy, but not burnt. Once they are lovely and curly around the edges and firm throughout, remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack. You can alternatively turn the oven off, open the oven door, and leave the beetroot crackers in to dehydrate further, until the oven cools completely.

Ms Zebra Says: Yum! Who doesn’t love a cheese board? And beetroot! Will definitely be adding these to my repertoire!

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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Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel’s ‘Watson’s Sunset’

Your wedding is one day only, so we’re big fans of embracing the best of both worlds with a sunset wedding reception. Envision your guests enjoying the golden light of late afternoon, the spectacle of the sinking sun and then up the glamour stakes by nightfall. To do this you need a find a venue that has prime views (which Watson’s Bay Boutique Hotel – overlooking Sydney Harbour – sure does)! They’ve even created a unique ombre cocktail to celebrate the sunset hours which they’ve kindly shared with us below.

Watson’s Bay Boutique Hotel do like their weddings to be unique; you could request this pretty cocktail, a frose machine or a drinks trolley – whatever best suits your style! They’re also happy for couples to customise everything from your cake, table settings, menu and wine list to DIY desserts so your wedding is never the same as another.

Ingredients

  • 15ml peach schnapps
  • 30ml peach or lychee puree
  • Half a glass of ice
  • Roughly 150ml of tonic
  • 30-45ml of Ink gin
  • Thyme sprigs and edible violets to garnish

Method

Add each ingredient by gently layering in the order above, finishing by slowly pouring the Ink gin into the glass to create an ombre effect. Garnish with thyme and violets (or your favourite edible herbs and flowers to make it your own).

Ms Zebra Says: I’m boarding the plane now so sign me up for this delicious cocktail – and infamous backdrop of the Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel!

About Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel: Directly grounded on the sandy shoreline of the exclusive enclave of Watsons Bay, the venue has unobstructed panoramic views of Sydney’s sparkling harbour. With multiple harbour front wedding and event spaces and 31 boutique hotel suites, the venue is the perfect destination for a seaside wedding ceremony, reception or engagement party, and can play host to intimate weddings for 50 people or lavish affairs for 250 guests.