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There are plenty of places vintage style can reign supreme, and one of our favourites? Cocktails! So today, we’re harping back with another of our vintage favourites – the gimlet!

The gimlet was most popular in the 1950s, although some say it was born in the 1800s when sailors were given lime juice to curb the onset of scurvy – they added gin and the gimlet was born.

This one? It’s a winner if not for its simplicity but the fact it can even be made easily in bulk. Who can turn down a simple cocktail that is practically medicine? If you like citrus, the gimlet is made for you, it blends lime juice, simple syrup and gin, and takes no time at all to make. Which to be honest, makes this one ideal for a wedding drinks list too!

Ingredients

  • 60ml Gin
  • 30ml Lime juice
  • 30ml simply syrup
  • Lime slices
  • Ice

Method

  1. In a cocktail shaker, add ice, gin, simple syrup and lime juice
  2. Shake well until the drink is cold
  3. Strain into a martini glass or coupe
  4. Garnish with a lime slice

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With staying at home being the only thing on the social calendar for many of us at the moment, this Cocktail Friday we decided to bring the cocktails to you. Literally. How good does a box of DIY cocktail goodies, spirits, mixers, garnishes, inspiration, and instructions delivered right to your door sound?

Here are three fantastic online services and clubs offering this specialised service.

This is for a true cocktail aficionado who appreciates quality ingredients, creativity, GIN and the artistry of mixing the perfect “Quarantini”. Enjoy!

The Rose Vodka Cosmopolitan Kit from Twenty Third Street Distillery, S.A.

Twenty Third Street Distillery

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A local treasure in Renmark, South Australia, Twenty Third Street Distillery launched ‘That’s the Spirit’ home delivery gin cocktail kits to educate you as to how to expertly mix the perfect, high quality gin based cocktail at home. There are four delicious offerings – The Rose Cosmopolitan, Southside, Espresso Martini and house specialty, The 23rd Amendment.

Each kit contains a bottle of spirit, garnishes, tools and collectible recipe cards. Available here through Sippify.com.au

Cocktail Porter

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Delivering Australia wide, Cocktail Porter is Quarantini heaven with DIY boxed cocktail kits including high quality ingredients and with step by step instructions sent straight to your door. My personal choice, the Pink Grapefruit Margarita box serves 18. That should last a while. (Or not) Within this box of goodness you will find Don Julio Blanco Tequila, Soda Press Co. Pink Grapefruit, Triple Sec, Citrus Salt, The Salt Box Sriracha Salt and Dehydrated Grapefruit.

Cocktail Porter also offer bottled cocktails or a subscription package making you the proud owner of four specialty cocktail kits per year. The Hot Toddy kit is just about to drop in August. Sign me up.

Driver Lane Bar‘s G&T Club 

Image via Driver Lane Bar

Once the vault of an old bank, this iconic Melbourne basement bar is home to some of the finest cocktails, whiskies, and Reuben sandwiches a person could ask for. The cocktails are inspired by the blues and seasonal ingredients with a modern twist. They also offer a “Build Your Own Martini” option served to you in a tricked out glass dancing in the mist of liquid nitrogen.

Driver Lane has a Gin & Tonic Club offering monthly deliveries of DIY G&T kits! Yes, you heard me. The packs contain information about the 2 x themed local gins, a perfectly paired Fever Tree tonic and just the right garnishes. Sign yourself up here.

Whether you’re a lover of detail, or a lover of flowers (and foliage), a floral frame to display your precious photos in is perfect for you! Our DIY tutorial will take you through step by step on this bloom filled project that may not be the quickest or easiest, but is most certainly worth it!

What You Will Need:

  • Photo frames with a flat surface, that aren’t precious. The FISKBO range from Ikea are perfect!
  • Hot glue gun
  • Floral foam (Oasis)
  • Shallow dishes, floral scissors, sharp knife
  • Flowers of choice. The thinner and hardier the stems and the smaller the flowers, the easier this project will be (ie Geraldton wax)

Step 1. Grab your hot glue gun and plug it in to warm up. Pop your chosen photograph into the frame, using a photocopy if the original is precious (it will likely get wet). Using a sharp knife, cut strips of oasis to fit your chosen picture frame. Make sure they cover the width of the frame, and are approximately 1-1.5cm deep. Working quickly, stick the oasis onto the frame, pressing firmly. Allow to cool and dry.

Step 2. Using one shallow dish, fill with water approximately 2cm deep, and lay the frame over the top. After a few seconds, lift it gently out, and place front face down into a second dish, to properly take up the water. In choosing flowers, you need very thin stems that are hardy. As there is hardly any depth of oasis on the frame, we want light flowers that don’t need much to anchor them.

Step 3. Collect your chosen blooms, and make easy work of the stems by snipping off the heads of each flower. Remove any foliage around the head of the flower, and cut the stem neatly on an angle, leaving a 2cm stem. If you’re using garden roses, reflex the petals to open up the bloom.

Step 4. Carefully begin placing the flowers into the oasis. Try to only place a flower once, rather than removing it and trying different spots. As there is little depth of oasis, it will be fragile. Cover all of the oasis, then tip the frame gently to the side, to release any water.

Step 5. You can create a foliage covered picture frame using the same method. Ensure the stems are short, foliage free and sharp, be gentle in your application, and you’ll be an expert in no time!

A flower covered picture frame is a dream detail! Keep in mind these won’t travel well, although they should last several days. For flower lovers and the romantics, this DIY is a gorgeous way to bring beauty to every inch of your celebration!

Ms Floral Says: Such a pretty detail to add to a vintage themed wedding, or even a wedding held in spring!

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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