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We’re already half way through the year – WHAT?! Which does mean that we’re in the thick of winter now and the nights are cold. To remedy the cold outside and give inspiration for anyone in the midst of planning an Autumn or Winter wedding, try your hand at one – or a few – of these delicious wintery cocktails that we’ve rounded up.

Black Russian

For The Black Tie Issue, we highlighted a cocktail that included the strong, classic Black Russian cocktail. Drawing it’s origin from 1949, by a Belgium bartender, it isn’t for the faint-hearted. Which, on a cold and frosty night (hello Melbourne being 3 degrees overnight!), who could resist one of these to really warm up the soul?!

Blood Orange Margarita

“Don’t go on insta, don’t go on insta, don’t go on insta…” If this is your current mantra as you watch everyone enjoying the European sun, bring a little summer sun into your house – fire and snuggly socks optional and enjoy the tart citrus flavour and the salted rim of this twisted margarita! Not only does it have that vibrant red tone, but the richness of flavour adds a decadent, complex layer to this old favourite.

Bourbon Mocha

Let’s twist the long-time favourite of the classic hot chocolate and jazz it up a little. While hot chocolate sits as the foundation for this decadent cocktail, the addition of our favourite cold drip coffee liqueur adds that mocha flavour, while bourbon gives it a little something extra. Yum!

The Gingerbread Man

If you love gingerbread men and can’t wait until the Christmas season to get your fix, we have just the (boozy) solution for you! The Emporium Hotel in Brisbane serves up the most festive-tasting cocktail of them all – The Gingerbread Man. The perfect antidote to the cold winter weather and a drink that will tickle the tastebuds!

Spiced Pear and Brown Sugar Cocktail

There’s no smell more comforting in winter than brown sugar bubbling on the stove with apples and pears stewing away. This cocktail is an adult version of all of this – and it’s delicious!!! It’s a warm hug in a cocktail that will aid the soul on a Friday after a long, cold week.

Spiked Dirty Chai

The scent of chai is reminiscent of another world and there’s something bold about it. However, sometimes you need a little extra kick from caffeine and a tipple for good measure…right? This spiked chai is best topped with whipped cream if you’re feeling a little decadent!

Jaffa Orange Hot Chocolate

Didn’t we tell you we loved hot chocolate?! Who can really deny the amazingness of a warm cup of hot choc to remedy any sort of cold, wintery weather. This jaffa and orange hot chocolate is just the ticket and there is something about the smooth chocolate and orange liqueur that made this one shoot to one of our favourites, fast!

Now you have zero excuse not to whip up a delicious cocktail for your Friday night – or even over the weekend to sip in the warmth, cosy at home in toasty socks!

Chocolate fudge brownies with whiskey, you ask? Most certainly, yes! It is hard to know how the humble chocolatey brownie could be improved, and I would argue it is quite excellent as is. However, if you’re planning on making something extra special for your groom or the bridal party, a dash of whiskey in the mix is just the thing to ensure these delicious baked goods are never forgotten.

Homemade and scrumptious, baked goods are always a winner as a gift for those you love, particularly those it may be hard to buy for. Grab some lovely packaging and these whiskey brownies become perfectly professional!

What You Will Need: 

  • Ingredients for brownie mix; 200g dark chocolate, 3/4 cup sugar, 2 eggs, 125g butter, 1 1/2 cups plain flour, 3 tbs whiskey
  • Mixing bowl, mixing spoon, whisk, baking pan, baking paper
  • Oven
  • Round cookie cutter (optional extra)
  • Individual gift tins (tins featured are from Kmart)

Step 1. Very slowly, and without boiling, melt the butter in a heavy based saucepan. Once it has melted, remove from the hob and break up the chocolate. Add the chocolate to the butter, and wait for it to melt.

Step 2. Add eggs and sugar to the mix and beat well with a whisk. Add whiskey and mix, before adding flour. Turn the mix into a lined baking pan and bake in the oven for 25 minutes. Once the brownie is cooked, let it cool, while lining your chosen tins/boxes with food grade gift paper.

Step 3. When the brownie is cold, use the cutter to cut out circles. You could also cut shapes by hand or simply cut out squares for a square box, they’ll all taste delicious no matter the shape!

Step 4. Pop the brownie into your chosen tins, covering the top over with spare paper. Fasten with some twine and a note, and these mouth watering whiskey brownies will be a hit! For guest favours, for your groom, for the men, for the bridal party, everyone will love them and will no doubt be asking for more!

Ms Zebra Says: No one can deny that chocolate is the key to any good gift..!!! Plus who doesn’t like a little tipple to add extra flavour? A great DIY gift or favour for guests. 

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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If there is one marriage made in heaven, it’s Tasmania and apples. And what better way to warm up your winter bones, than with our homage to the apple isle with our apple cider whiskey cocktail?

For this one, we wanted to honour all that we love about Tasmania. We’re combining apple cider (we used one of Tassie’s favourites from Willie Smith for our version), with the classic warming flavours of whiskey (for a little added winter warmth, use one steeped with honey flavours like American Honey) and ginger.

It’s a nod to Tasmania, a nod to the apple industry and a nod to the best place to be in winter!

Ingredients

  • 60ml ginger beer
  • 60m apple cider
  • 50ml whiskey
  • 10ml lemon juice
  • Fresh ginger
  • Fresh apple slices
  • Rosemary
  • Ice

Method

  • In a cocktail shaker, combine a few cubes of ice with freshly squeezed lemon juice, whiskey and ginger beer.
  • Stir well.
  • Strain into a lowball glass and top with apple cider.
  • Garnish with fresh slices of ginger and apple along with fresh sprigs of rosemary.