Mary's Top 3 Favourite Cocktails

It's no secret that Mary loves a French Sparkling, but one can't go wrong with a cocktail that includes gin. This distilled alcoholic spirit derives its fabulous flavour from juniper berries and is one of the broadest categories of spirits. There are so many gin origins, styles, and flavour profiles to choose from when creating a cocktail, so we've narrowed it down for you to the top 3 in the floral, citrus and bubbly categories!

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Elderflower Collins

Are you a fresh and fruity type? Do you opt for a fragrant floral hint? If so... the Elderflower Collins is for you!

You'll need:

50ml gin

20ml lemon juice

10ml sugar syrup

10ml elderflower cordial

Soda to your liking

Put on your favourite song and shake up the gin with the lemon, sugar and a dash of elderflower cordial. Pour over ice and finish it off with your desired amount of soda water. Make it pretty with a sprig of your favourite herb. If you’re feeling a little more flamboyant, then top it up with sparkling wine to make an Elderflower Royale.

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Negroni

For the more classic type, a negroni is the ultimate aperitif. A cocktail with sweet bitter hints, to sip and enjoy slowly.

You'll need:

30ml gin

30ml sweet vermouth

30ml campari

Orange wedge

Whilst it only takes a moment, pour all ingredients into a rocks glass over ice. Stir gently and garnish with a fresh orange wedge.

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French 75

Simple but gorgeous, and perhaps Mary's favourite. The French 75 is matched well to the sophisticated who want a bit of va voom to their drink.

You'll need:

30ml gin

20ml lemon juice

10ml sugar syrup

Sparkling wine

Garnish with a lemon twist

Perhaps best made during a soirée, combine the gin, lemon juice and sugar syrup direct to a cocktail shaker. Shake it up and and strain into a champagne flute and top up with your favourite sparkling wine. Finish to look off with a long, thin twist of lemon.

Do you love gin as much as Mary? Join the team at Mary Eats Cake for the upcoming Gin High Tea series commencing Aug 23rd 2019.

5 reasons why we love winter in Melbourne

Winter in Melbourne has begun, and it can sometimes feel like a battle to face the icey mornings, rainy days, and gusty winds that accompany this season. But for all the unpredictable weather patterns, there's an opportunity to embrace the diversity that this cold season brings! Here are the top 5 reasons we love winter in Melbourne:

Winter fashion

It's time to dress up in your best coat, pop on those gorgeous boots, and step out in a different type of style. We're blessed with some fabulous local designers, and there is a lovely feeling about being adorned in cosy fabrics such as cashmere and wool, whilst feeling oh so elegant.

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Galleries

Melbourne is the capital of culture and we are spoilt for choice when it comes to the arts. From the NGV, to the Arts Centre, to the Melbourne Museum and every small independent gallery in between... we have many places to bask in the gloriousness of visual art on a rainy winters day.

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Seasonal produce

A change in menus satisfy both the body and the mind. Seasonal produce such as pumpkin, leeks and rhubarb take centre stage in many an establishment. And more time indoors calls for those incredibly delicious slow cooked meals, hearty soups and warming tonics.

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Fireplaces

What would life be like without that beautiful feeling of being toasty? There are not many things that feel as wonderful as a warm blanket paired with a hot choccy. Oh, and don't forget the marshmallows!

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Seasonal activities

Whilst we all love a trip to Queensland, variety is the spice of life. There is no denying that Melbourne’s weather change brings about a fabulous range of seasonal activity options. From the winter markets, to the hot springs and ice skating… there are so many wonderful things to do.

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Are you looking for your next cosy winter activity? Our menu is scrumptiously tailored for the winter months. Gather your friends and family together for a winter warming High Tea at Mary Eats Cake!

Mother's Day High Tea Celebration

An indulgence of cake, high tea, bubbles and good times was planned to celebrate mums from Oh It’s Perfect.

The styling team didn’t hold back - see glorious photo examples below:

The purpose of the day was to recognise and celebrate these hard working mums. It was our pleasure at Mary Eats Cake to give them a day to sit back, relax and enjoy a delicious High Tea in fabulous style amongst great company. They basked in an afternoon of pampering, gifts, cake and more.

The proof is in the pudding:

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For more images of the beautiful day visit Oh It’s Perfect’s Mother’s Day blog.