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The simple combination of fresh ingredients makes this the perfect cocktail for warmer nights. Freshly squeezed grapefruit juice over lime, mint, white rum and a dash of soda – you can’t get more refreshing than that. Traditionally a taller style Collins glass is used for white spirits cocktails such as this and best part is no shaker necessary for this one, simply stir together, serve over ice and your ready to go!

INGREDIENTS

  • Half a Lime, quartered
  • 60ml Bacardi Rum
  • 50 ml Grapefruit Juice
  • 6 Large Mint Leaves
  • Soda Water
  • Grapefruit Slice – to garnish
  • Sprig Mint Leaves – to garnish

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Muddle the lime quarters in a tall glass
  • Add Bacardi, grapefruit juice, mint leaves and stir
  • Add some ice and stir through again
  • Top with a dash of soda and more ice
  • Garnish with a slice of grapefruit and mint leaves sprigs
  • Serve with a straw and enjoy!

About Gathering Events: Gathering Events is a boutique pop up bar service, lead by husband and wife duo (Jen & Adam), along with their crew of super talented (and charming) bartenders.

Credits: Cocktails & Bar: Gathering Events / Photography: Daisy & The Duke / Venue & Styling: The Shed, The Perfect Party Co.

Bar Carolina’s Carolina Mule is a zesty and refreshing cocktail that can be easily replicated at home for sipping with your special person or a group of friends. It combines ginger, mint and lemon with Maidenii La Tonique and Calvados for a cooling beverage that looks just as good as it tastes. Happy Friday Dotties!

Ingredients

  • 50 ml Maidenii La Tonique
  • 10ml Calvados
  • 10ml ginger syrup
  • 10ml simple sugar syrup
  • Fresh mint leaves (approx. 4)
  • Lemon
  • Soda water
  • Crushed ice

Method

  • Combine all liquid ingredients (except for soda) in a copper glass
  • Add crushed ice
  • Top with soda and stir
  • Garnish with mint leaves, lemon and enjoy!

About Bar Carolina: From the moment you walk in, whether it is for an aperitivo in the afternoon sunshine, a romantic dinner for two, a family get together or a group celebration, Carolina has been designed to accommodate almost every occasion.

Image by Altura Studio

When decorating a gorgeous venue, sometimes it can feel overwhelming trying to fill large, empty spaces. This easy torn fabric garland tutorial will show two different ways to create effective decor, and with very little expertise needed! Imagine a ceiling filled with gorgeous fluttering garlands, or an outdoor ceremony framed by your own handiwork! So simple, and so much fun to make!

You can easily tailor this tutorial to your own event theme, using different coloured fabrics, ribbons or materials. Create stunning focal points by using long pieces of fabric, or keep things sweet and understated with short pieces of fabric. However you make this DIY your own, you are sure to create beautiful decor for your next big event!

What You Will Need:

  • Fabric – I used cream cotton from Spotlight, but you could use any colour, or even ribbons!
  • Fabric scissors
  • String
  • For larger garlands, a hanging material. I used a piece of driftwood to keep things rustic, but you could use copper piping or pine dowel – let your imagination run wild!

What To Do:

Step One. Decide on the length of fabric you’d like to use, and begin to rip the pieces. You can only achieve this rustic ripped look with a lightweight natural fibre, but you could also use ribbons or cords of varying colours. To rip fabric, start with a small scissor cut, and then continue ripping. For my smaller garland the fabric pieces were approximately 20x2cm, and for the longer statement garland the pieces were approximately 150x2cm. Tie a knot at the end of your piece of string for ease of hanging.

Step Two. Begin tying your pieces of torn fabric onto the string. You can create a thick and lush garland by keeping the pieces of fabric close together, or create a simple and understated garland by keeping the fabric further apart. Depending on your theme, you can also choose to keep things neat by trimming all the ends, or keep things rustic and leave the fabric as is.

Step Three. Once you get going, you might need a strong cup of tea to keep you company! This is a fun project to make with your friends or family, especially in the lead up to a wedding or large event. Keep tying the pieces of fabric on until you’ve made enough garlands to fill your venue.

You can make these torn fabric garlands your own in so many ways! Imagine a high barn filled with fluttering strings, or your ceremony surrounded by colourful streams tied in the trees! Absolutely beautiful!

Image by Jordan Brittley

Image by Becky Lew Photography

Ms Zigzag says: I love this idea for a ceremony backdrop or even for bridal shower decoration. You can take this concept so many ways to suit the style of the wedding or celebration. 

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).