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As a Melbournian emerging from a long and challenging lockdown, it a little extra sweet that November happens to be Cocktail Month on Polka Dot Bride. Because goodness knows I’m having a few this weekend. Melbourne venues have done it tough to say the least. But their doors are now open and it is time to get in there, support local, and sample their signature cocktail creations. We have dug through the Cocktail Friday archives to bring you five incredible and creative cocktails from venues across the world’s most liveable city and who need your bums on their seats right now.

1. Stokehouse’s Bloody Bramble

2. Monsieur Cocktail’s Golden Hour

3. Galah’s Budgie Smuggler

4. Murrumbeena Wine Bar’s ‘Hart Breaker’

5. Bad Frankie’s ‘Ken Oath Cooler’

Ms Floral Says: These all look super delicious and such a fun way to celebrate the end of lockdown! Run, don’t walk, to support your local cocktail makers, Melbournians!

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If you’re anything like me, you will always be looking for ways to incorporate flowers! Seedpods, branches, stems, husks, petals… anything and everything to add a floral touch. Adding floral cocktail stirrers to your drinks is a gorgeous way to bring texture and romance, and we’ve got three easy ways to do just that with this DIY tutorial!

Have a rummage at the florist, in your garden (or at your mum’s place!) to find some lightweight floral details to make your delicious cocktails the prettiest beverages in town! One to thing to keep in mind, if using petals or stems of store bought flowers, there’s a good chance they’ve been sprayed. Organic flowers (from a garden) are best, otherwise, you’ll need to keep them lifted up and out of the liquid.

What You Will Need:

  • Delicate and light flowers, for example coriander flowers and seed pods, sage flower husks, hardy mint, spray-free rose petals, chamomile flowers
  • Bamboo straws, wooden chopsticks, kebab sticks
  • Sharp scissors

Rose Petal Cocktail Stirrer – Step 1. Gently remove all petals from the rose. This is more easily done the more open the bloom is. Don’t get the petals wet, but do brush or shake off any debris. Using a kebab stick, simply thread the petals on.

Step 2. Keep the petals loose, and don’t compact them too fiercely. If you’re making a bunch of these in advance of a soiree, pop them on a tray, lay some paper towel over the top and place them in the fridge. Swizzle into your favourite rose martini for added romance!

Mini Posy Cocktail Stirrer – Step 1. Lay out your bamboo straws, and cut them to the length that will match the depth of your chosen glass. Using thin but sturdy stemmed herbs and blooms, remove the foliage from the base of the stem.

Step 2. Form a thin posy in your hand, or simply thread in each stem individually to form and sweet cocktail stirrer fit for any occasion, from a jam jar drink to a champagne glass celebration! Choose sturdy flowers that will last out of liquid, however, if making these several hours in advance, pop them in some water to give them a boost.

Floral Chopstick Cocktail Stirrer – Step 1. Using wooden chopsticks that are joined, you can easily add some sweet florals to your cocktail. You’ll need to use blooms with thin and sturdy stems for this one, and only a stem or two per stirrer, otherwise they’ll come apart. Flower options include light and floaty things, like gypsophellia, herbs, coriander seeds, thyme flowers, and all manner of textural additions.

Step 2. Cut the chopstick to your desired length, then wedge the flower stems in between the joint chopsticks. You can lay this across the top of a glass, or place it in the glass for extra stability.

We adore a sweet detail, we love flowers and we most certainly enjoy a pretty drink, so these floral cocktail stirrers, combining many of our loves, are worth a try!

Ms Floral Says: These look oh-so pretty and absolutely perfect for cocktail weddings in the springtime.

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 you fancy the thought of eloping, or if you love the idea of sweet snacks after making things official, this easy Krispy Kreme DIY is perfect for you. Donuts after ‘I do’? Yes please! Now, it’s a solid argument to make that an original glazed can not be improved upon. However, I would strongly argue that adding flowers will make any object much, MUCH better. So pack a little picnic box for the two of you to enjoy on your big day, filled with a floral and fun donuts that you’ve made just that little bit extra fancy. Because whether you’re eloping or not, every marriage calls for something delicious!

What You Will Need: 

  • Krispy Kreme donuts (original glazed), as many as you care to eat, no judgement here!
  • Edible flower petals – daisies, rosemary, violets, nasturtiums, cornflowers
  • Sprinkles if you care to add some extra fun!
  • Water, and ideally a pastry brush, however if eloping this is unlikely to be in your kit, so a clean utensil or finger works just as well

Step 1. Hunt and gather for your donut decorations! There are many edible flower petals that can be used, and most appear in a lot of backyard gardens. Go for colour, and smaller, more delicate petals, which will adhere easier.

Step 2. Gently prepare the flowers by pulling apart larger petals from the stamen, and by collecting smaller, more delicate flowers. Make sure everything is clean and edible! Using the glaze already on the donut as the glue, run a pastry brush with a very small amount of water on it lightly over the top of the donut. Place petals on in whatever design you choose, pressing them on lightly.

Step 3. Use the same method for sprinkles, and have fun creating individual patterns. Let the donuts dry completely before packaging them up. Pop them in a box to break out after your ceremony, or keep them for a midnight snack. Floral donuts might be the sweetest little thing to add to your day, looking good and obviously, tasting mighty good!

Ms Floral Says: Sprinkles and flowers and donuts, oh my! What a fun Krispy Kreme hack!

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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