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As we celebrate a month-long Byron Bay mood, we have to acknowledge, one of the best parts about Byron Bay? The food! And so, we had to pay homage to one of the most delicious restaurants that is always a must-visit for holiday moments, Chupa Cabra!

Today we’re making our take on their famous frozen passionfruit margarita.

If there is anything that says long lazy summer days, then it’s got to be this cocktail. The tartness of the passionfruit, the kick of the tequila both combining with crushed ice. The deliciousness only intensifying as the ice slowly melts. Add a salt rim, a dash of lime and you’re immediately not stuck at home, you’re transported to cocktail hour, on a Friday afternoon with tacos at the ready!

Ingredients

  • One cup of Ice (depending on the number of cocktails you need to make. I like one cup of ice per cocktail)
  • 30ml Tequila
  • 30ml passionfruit juice (two or three fresh passionfruit) or two tins of tinned passionfruit
  • 30 ml lime juice
  • 30ml sugar syrup
  • Lime wedge
  • A pinch of salt

Method

Firstly, if you don’t already have sugar syrup on hand, you’ll need to make it. It’s a simple one to one ratio, where you’ll need to measure one cup of sugar to one cup of water and dissolve together while stirring over low heat in a saucepan. Once it’s combined, leave to cool. You can store this in the fridge for a week.

  1. When you’re ready to make your cocktail,  strain the passionfruit through a sieve to separate the seeds and juice
  2. In a blender, add tequila, salt, lime juice, passionfruit juice and sugar syrup and blend well. Add ice and blend until ice is crushed and ingredients well combined.
  3. Pour into your glass (with a salted rim if you prefer!) and garnish with a lime wedge and extra passionfruit pulp.

 

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Driftwood and shells make an incredibly beautiful wall hanging! Beachy and rustic, your guests can hang a reminder of your wedding day on their wall, which is extra special when handmade by your gorgeous self! Once you’ve got the basics, you can make these shell hangings much larger and in more intricate designs. However, if you’re putting together a large number of these beauties, best to keep the design simple!

What You Will Need:

  • Driftwood, approximately 15cm per wall hanging. You can use any kind of timber for this. Head to Bunnings for ideas, or see what driftwood you can find.
  • Shells
  • Twine
  • Drill and fine drill bit

Step 1. Begin by breaking the wood into small pieces, approximately 15cm per wall hanging. You can use a saw if clean edges is more to your liking. Drill two holes in the timber. Using a scrap piece of timber underneath each piece, very carefully drill holes into the shells.

Step 2. Tie a knot at the end of your twine, as well as tying a knot on the other side of the wood (follow images). Thread the shells onto the twine in your desired pattern, before making a knot on both sides of the timber once again.

Step 3. If the knot tying is a little arduous, wrapping a thin twine around the timber after knot one works well too. Get creative with coloured twines, and shell designs, to create something extra special for your guests. A piece of the beach to take home will be loved by all!

Ms Floral Says: Loving the simplicity of these beautiful hangings – fab for a wedding favour or decor for your Byron, beach or coastal wedding. 

About Ms Honeycomb: My heart and home in Scotland and Australia, I am a florist, flower lover, writer, baker, stylist and sew-er of lovely things, with my darling toddler forever keeping me on my toes!

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For The Byron Bay Issue we naturally head to the sublime Byron venue of Raes on Wategos to seek their cocktail expertise to share with you today. Raes is a bit of a dream wedding destination for sophisticates as you can book out the entire boutique hotel for a whole weekend of celebrations. They can cater to 50 guests seated and up to 70 guests for cocktail parties, plus a unique, personalised menu will be created for you by their head chef.

They say, “You can spend your days before and after your wedding indulging in morning swims, pink sunrises and lounging on the sun-drenched balconies of your Penthouse.” How heavenly to have something like that to look forward to right about now!

Their pina-colada-inspired cocktail below – available at Raes in-house dining room and cellar bar – gives you a little taste of that vibe. And since it includes a delightfully nutty liqueur created by the locals at Cape Byron Distillery, we couldn’t resist encouraging you to shake up a few while you plan your engagement party, wedding or honeymoon for 2021.

Maca-Colada by Raes on Wategos

  • 90ml of pineapple juice
  • 20ml Brookies ‘Mac’ macadamia liqueur
  • 20ml white rum
  • 20ml coconut cream
  • 15ml fresh lime juice
  • Candied cherry and pineapple frond, to garnish

Shake all ingredients except garnishes with ice. Strain into a tall or highball glass over crushed ice. Finished with a candied cherry (or two!) and/or pineapple fronds. Sip and feel like you’re on your beachy honeymoon already.

Ms Floral Says: Morning swims and pina-colada-inspired cocktails in Byron sounds incredible right about now! Thank you Raes on Wategos for allowing us to have a little piece of Byron Bay at home.

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.