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Vanilla is so underrated. We think tequila is too! These wonderful flavours combine in Mint & Mingle‘s ‘Vanilla Killa’ cocktail recipe that we’re sharing with you today for ‘The Bridesmaid Issue‘. With the aforementioned fragrantly sweet vanilla – plus fruity faves like strawberry, guava and fig – this drink is a surefire crowdpleaser that will knock even your fussiest bridemaid’s socks off. How gorgeous would this frothy pink drink look on a luxe hen’s party cocktail menu?

Mint & Mingle have plenty of experience with such parties; they’re been offering their mobile bar and catering services across both Sydney and Melbourne for 15 years now. They can also organise tasty treats like Champagne towers, whisky tasting experiences, food trucks, grazing tables or even fine dining for your celebration. All that and whipping up kosher, vegan or organic menus is a cinch for them too!

Vanilla Killa by Mint & Mingle

  • 30ml tequila (try Australia’s own Tromba)
  • 90ml Guava, Strawberry and Vanilla mix (try Batch & Co’s shrub)
  • 1 egg white
  • Fresh fig slices, to garnish

Shake all ingredients – except garnish – with ice. Strain into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with a slice of fresh fig perched on the side of the glass or floated.

Ms Floral Says: Ohhh, this sounds SO delicious! I’m off to whip one up right now…

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.

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In the multitude of ways there are to spoil your bridesmaids, let’s not forget to feed them, and feed them well! If you will all be getting ready together in the morning, a personalised brunch basket is not only delicious, but looks so beautiful too!

So easy to put together, a breakfast basket can contain all the yummy delights you love to eat for brunch. If you all love bagels, pop them in! If you all love smoothies, whip some up! Most individual elements are able to be put together or prepped the night before, so you can throw these together when everyone’s starting to get a smidge hangry, while sitting in the hair and makeup chair.

What You Will Need:

  • Thick cardboard trays, baskets or bamboo takeaway food containers (party shops are a great place to look)
  • A variety of small bowls and vessels
  • Glasses or jars for drinks plus chosen beverages (eg water, champagne, smoothies)
  • Food picks to make eating easy when your lips have been done
  • Cloth napkins and tea towels
  • Elements to make your baskets delicious! We’ve made yogurt, muesli and fruit compote pots, mini fruit salads, mini ham and cheese croissants, some sneaky choccies, sliced lemon and fresh mint for water, cucumbers and red grapes. Anything you can make ‘mini’ will look fab!

Step 1. You can prep a lot of these ingredients the night before to make your morning brunch easy peasy. To make the ham and cheese croissants, you can cut them, and place the ham and cheese in them the day before, storing them in the fridge overnight. Use the zingiest cheese you can find and some smoked ham for a tasty treat! In the morning bake for approximately 10 minutes, until the cheese has thoroughly melted.

Step 2. Cut up your fruit. If you have a bunch of lovely little bowls and containers, keep these ready in waiting. Chop up the fruit in a way that it will be easy to eat (include picks if you’d like), and store it in the fridge overnight. Sliced lemons and fresh mint in water make for a lovely hydrating beverage the morning of a big day!

Step 3. To make the yogurt, muesli and berry compote mini bowls, find the best quality ingredients you can, and spoon them neatly into your chosen pot. Choose flavours you know your girls will love!

Step 4. The morning of the big day, when hair and makeup is in full swing, put together these sweet brunch baskets to make sure your bridesmaids are full of energy! Line the baskets with brown paper (or your chosen paper/fabric, and then place all of the individual elements in. You can personalise the baskets by using different flavours and ingredients, and by garnishing beautifully. Tie a napkin around it for a finishing touch – and for fruity fingers!

Some tips for making the breaky bowls look beautiful – height is good, colour is good, and something green and leafy will anything look good! Unleash your inner food stylist, and create something extra lovely for your lovely bridesmaids!

Ms Floral Says: Mmm mmm! It’s so important the entire bridal party stays energised on the wedding day. This scrumptious breakfast brunch will definitely do the trick!

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 talking cocktails for The Bridesmaid Issue, we wanted to create utterly fun recipes. Recipes that are the kind of thing you need at a pre-wedding gathering, where there is plenty of cause for celebration.
Today’s cocktail, which includes two very festive ingredients – fairy floss and edible glitter  – might just be the whimsical cocktail of our dreams. And don’t worry, we haven’t given away our quest for deliciousness over aesthetics. Nope. The combination of grapefruit with the sweetness of the fairy floss is just the right mix!

This is a cocktail of theatre too, serve your fairy floss into your glasses, add a little glitter and when your guests arrive, pour your liquid in and watch it melt. The result? Delicious pink glittery cocktails and a lot of sparkling fun!

Ingredients

  • 60ml pink grapefruit juice
  • 30ml gin
  • Sparkling wine
  • Ice
  • Fairy floss
  • Edible glitter (we found ours at Spotlight but you can also find it at cake decorating stores)

Method

  1. In a cocktail shaker add ice, grapefruit juice and gin and shake well
  2. Strain into a jug or bottle and store in the fridge until ready to serve
  3. Place a handful of fairy floss in each of your glasses and top with a sprinkle of edible glitter
  4. When you’re ready to serve, our the grapefruit juice and top with sparkling wine
  5. Cheers!