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If you’re looking for local-inspirations for your Australiana-style wedding, you can’t go past Bad Frankie for cocktails – they’re one of the few venues who only use all-Australian spirits behind the bar! Of course, we couldn’t resist asking them to share the recipe to their ‘Ken Oath Cooler’ with you for ‘The Australia Issue‘. This cocktail is a purely Australian twist on tiki drinks – if you love tropical flavours, definitely try this one next time you find yourself exploring Fitzroy in Melbourne.

Not only is the drink bursting with local rum (or rum-like spirits), but it is designed to be served in the most eye-catching native fauna mugs. They’re sure to give your guests a giggle and look amazing in photos! On top of all that, the drink’s name is taken from Aussie slang…but we’ll let you Google “Ken Oath” if you don’t already know what that means.

You can book Bad Frankie for up to 50 people for an event (we’re thinking their gourmet jaffles would make memorable and crowd-pleasing fare for a chilled out engagement party). They also offer private cocktail making masterclasses at the bar and can even arrange classes tailored to your tastes at your home. Such a popular idea for bridal showers or buck’s party celebrations.

Ken Oath Cooler by Bad Frankie

  • 30mls Adelaide Hills Distillery Gunnery Spiced
  • 20mls Adelaide Hills Distillery Bitter Orange
  • 10mis Ord River Premium Rum
  • 7.5mls Husk Pure Cane
  • 15mls lime juice
  • 30mls macadamia orgeat (see note)
  • 30mls pineapple juice
  • Gum leaves, dehydrated lime wheel, flavoured macadamias, Grevillea flower and/or finger lime, to garnish

Add all ingredients – aside from garnishes – to a cocktail shaker and shake. Strain over ice into an Australian-themed cup of your choice. Garnish with one or all of the garnish suggestions. Note: you can substitute regular orgeat (almond syrup) for the macadamia orgeat if you don’t want to make your own.

Ms Zebra Says: Who doesn’t love an Australiana cup of sorts – especially to drink a cocktail out of! A must try in Fitzroy and even better, at home! Hello novelty drinkware!!!

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Celebrating all things Australiana this month means we’re covered everything from rustic styling to clean and modern outback settings! We adore all the homegrown beauty this theme has brought and today continue adding to it with these native plant seedlings, wrapped in a simple and natural hessian.

For the plant lovers amongst us, this is double the fun, as it means a visit to the nursery! Using plants native to Australia is a thoughtful way of adding to our flora and supporting the local environment, as well as aesthetically adding a rustic and textural element to your styling. Super easy and fun to make, these seedling favours are adaptable and quick to put together – a winning combination!

What You Will Need:

  • Australian native seedlings, tube stock – look for a nursery that specialises in local natives
  • Small brown paper bags, two per favour
  • Small hessian bags – try Kmart or Spotlight
  • Gardening gloves and a spot to work that you don’t mind getting a little dirty!

Step 1. The day before packaging your gorgeous seedlings, give them a big drink and soak them thoroughly, allowing them to drain well. Each seedling will be different in terms of root structure, so be prepared to lose a lot of soil, or none at all. Try to keep as much soil around each seedling as possible. Gently remove seedling from tube, and cleanly place inside two brown paper bags. The paper bags will hold a little moisture, and hold the soil together more firmly. You can, of course, leave the seedling in its plastic packaging if the entire tube will fit in the hessian bag.

Step 2. Firmly scrunch the paper together to ensure no soil escapes the paper bag, and place the paper bag into the hessian bag, sealing tightly. You can adapt these favours by adding your own personalised or coloured ribbon or twine.

That’s it! Two easy steps! Once the bags are firmly closed, the plants will likely survive 2-3 days, but they are best packaged as close to your event as possible, to keep them as happy as possible. Add a care tag with some personalised details and add ‘Australian themed wedding stylist’ to your resume! Once you’ve put them together, place on each table setting or place in a crate for guests to select one to take home and plant a gorgeous souvenir of your day!

Ms Zebra Says: What a cute idea! I love the idea of guests being able to take home a little from your special day – and give back to our amazing environment!

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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When it comes to all things Aussie, we had two very clear ideas in mind for The Australia Issue and today, I introduce you to the decadent, the delicious, Polka Dot Bride Lamington cocktail.

It is, of course, a creamy base, but this Lamington cocktail includes all the nods you need to this favourite Australian treat. It’s packed with coconut flavour (thanks to using coconut milk as our base), a little chocolate, a little raspberry (to honour that jammy filling) and of course, plenty of yum factor! Serve this one up on your wedding day for your nostalgia loving guests.

Ingredients

  • 45ml Coconut Cream
  • 30ml Raspberry Liqueur
  • 30ml Milk
  • 30ml Creme De Cacao
  • Grated Coconut
  • Grated Chocolate
  • Ice

Method

  1. Add ice to a cocktail shaker
  2. Add coconut cream, raspberry liqueur, milk and creme de cacao. Shake until well combined and chilled.
  3. Rim your glass with coconut
  4. Strain cocktail into a glass
  5. Sprinkle with grated coconut and grated chocolate