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Now we all know that for our ‘The Green Issue‘ we’re referring to eco or environmentally friendly weddings…not the literal colour green! But this emerald beauty from Sydney’s Junk Lounge was too pretty to resist sharing with you. Plus, the traditional ritual surrounding drinking matcha – which gives this cocktail its lush green colour – is all about being a bit more mindful; a handy mindset to have when planning a green wedding.

With sprawling, sparkling Sydney Harbour and city views and exotic den-like styling, Junk Lounge could be just the place for an engagement party. For brides and grooms-to-be in New South Wales, this venue comfortably fits up to 180 people for a cocktail party.

There are several ways in which you can bump up the other green factor in their ‘Matcha Magic’ cocktail recipe for your upcoming ethically-minded celebrations. Start by sourcing fair trade, organic matcha. Junk Lounge uses a classic gin in their recipe, but there are plenty of gins out there that you could use as substitutes which donate to animal and conservation causes. Try Gin Pangolin, Elephant Gin or Fair Gin. If you’re really keen you could use ginger, chamomile or even honey (if you’re lucky enough to have a beehive) from your own backyard to make the syrup.

Matcha Magic by Junk Lounge

  • 60ml Tanqueray gin
  • 15ml elderflower liqueur
  • 40ml lemon juice
  • 40ml ginger, chamomile & honey syrup
  • Spoonful of matcha powder
  • Ginger ale
  • Extra matcha powder, to garnish
  • Orange zest and candied ginger, optional.

Add all ingredients, except ginger ale and garnishes, to a shaker. Shake to combine. Double strain into a goblet or even a decorative teapot or teacup. Sprinkle with extra matcha, orange zest and candied ginger if you prefer.

Photograph 2 by Vienna Marie.

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.

As we are celebrating all things green and earth friendly this month at Polka Dot Bride, cost effective, recyclable and easy seedlings as guest favours are the perfect fit! Leaving no waste and giving your guests the option to grow some gorgeous flowers or delicious food, these wee green plants are a lovely gift for your friends and family!

Although they do need to be put together close to the event, these sweet wedding seedlings add an earthy element to your table styling, and are quick to make. Choose seedlings that won’t wilt without water for 1-2 days (no buds or fragile foliage), and include some yummy food that can be grown at home for fun! Uncoated brown paper and decomposable twine make these favours very earth friendly indeed!

What You Will Need: 

  • Enough happy and healthy seedlings for your guests (used here are sugar snap peas, celery and violas)
  • Uncoated brown paper (or recyclable paper of your choosing)
  • Decomposable twine
  • A space to work which will cope with dirt being flung about
  • Ssissors to cut twine

Step 1. Begin by letting your seedlings dry a little, so that they’re not soaking wet when you begin. Leave a day or two from last watering. Pull the seedlings out of their pots, and separate into individual plants. You can keep and reuse the plastic pots for other seedlings, or pass them on to other gardeners on swap and sell websites.

Step 2. Cut the paper into squares, approximately 15cm x 15cm. Try to keep as much dirt around the roots as possible to keep the plants healthy and happy. Place the seedling onto the square, and roll up like a mini bouquet, tucking the bottom in so dirt doesn’t escape. Add in several plants for a larger gift or as a mini garden starter pack.

Step 3. Using the twine, tie a tight knot to secure the paper. Pop the seedling upright in a container while they’re being stored, and do the wrapping as close to the event as possible to avoid having to water the plants, making the paper soggy.

Set the seedlings up in clusters on your dessert tables, or pop them in your guests glasses with a name tag on them, or with a cute garden quote printed on the wrapping. You could also use recycled glasses from an op shop for this wedding DIY. Let your guests know they should be planted asap, and then enjoy the benefits while visiting your friends and family, seeing beautifully blooming plants and veggies in their garden!

Ms Zebra Says: I can’t get over how gorgeous and thoughtful these would be to receive! As a foodie, I love the thought of creating these (even with herbs) to give guests and plant. Thanks Ms Honeycomb!

About Ms Honeycomb: Hi, I’m Nicola, the florist and crafter behind rubyandjoy. I’m a gardening, fabric loving, mint tea drinking, brownie baking, book obsessed maker! I love a good adventure having just moved back from five years in Scotland (with my lovely Scottish husband).

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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)

Method:

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.