I have to be honest and say that chai is one of my favourite treats on an Autumn day, but a dirty chai? When I want a little caffeine and something with a little more hit, I’m all about it. So today? We wanted to make it into a very Autumnal and very delicious cocktail, Whip this one up to serve to guests before your autumn wedding ceremony, or just at home tonight on the couch (we won’t tell!). This one is best topped with whipped cream, if you’re feeling a little decadent!

Ingredients (serves two):

  • 4 teaspoons of chai tea
  • 250ml water
  • 250ml milk
  • 60ml Coffee Liqueur (we love the cold drop version from Aussie brand Mr Black)


In a saucepan, combine 4 teaspoons of chai tea with 250ml of water

Bring to a simmer

Add 250ml of milk and stir well

Bring to a simmer for 5 minutes (longer if you want extra flavour!)

Take off the stove and add coffee liqueur, stir well

Pour into mug or teacup and top with whipped cream

Original recipe and images by the Polka Dot Bride team.

Alas, a destination wedding bound for Italy’s Le Marche region in Autumn may not be on the cards for all of us. Yet Queensland’s brides and grooms can still capture the flavour of the season – along with the Italians’ signature focus on family, friends and food – on their wedding day at The Spaghetti House Trattoria on Brisbane’s South Bank.

Scented with the fragrance of freshly sprouting basil and zesty citrus (not to mention the promise of rising dough), the trattoria can play host to relaxed weddings of up to 120 famiglia for a cocktail party or 80 for dinner. For our ‘Autumn Issue’, their bartenders have kindly shared with us the key to their Ferrero Martini. It’s a chocolate, hazelnut and limoncello-spiked treat, during that time of year when icy refreshment begins to take a backseat to pure indulgence. Who even needs wedding cake, when you can serve up a few of these babies after your reception feast?

Ferrero Martini by The Spaghetti House Trattoria

  • 30ml Frangelico
  • 30ml Gin
  • 30ml Baileys
  • 15ml Limoncello
  • Ferrero Rocher, to garnish

Shake well over ice and strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with a Ferrero Rocher.

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.

1. Autumn hair comb by MagaelaAccessories 2. Gold leaf hair pins from ShinyBeautyStore 3. Floral hair pin by Leteria 4. Autumn hair crown by BloomDesignStudio 5. Gold Juliet Cap by beretkah,