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The Botanist

I had a great time at The Botanist in Kirribilli on Friday night and not just because of the company – although it was pretty amazing! We arrived for our booking and were promptly shown to our table where the hostess proceed to explain how the menu worked, share food which I personally love as you get to try a bit of everything without looking like a little piggy.

 The Botanist trading


We ordered our first round of cocktails and were delighted not only with their quick arrival but their dazzling appearance and large serving, always a winner in my book.


Once we had quenched our thirst, we ordered food which was quite hard considering I wanted just about everything on the menu! We ended up having the beef sliders, prosciutto pizza, cauliflower fritters and the corn chips with Queso. All were amazing but I have to say the beef sliders were my absolute favourite, I think I could manage a whole serve for myself.







We had a great night and ended the evening with a sing-a-long back to the car, very grown up of us and I do apologise to the lovely residents of Kirribilli who endured my screeching at midnight. I can highly recommend this bar to anyone in the Sydney area as a great place for some casual drinks and yummy food to share with friends or even a date.



As for me, I got to finally debut my new leather pencil skirt which was exciting. Plus I got to wear heels for the first time since my knee surgery (although it came with the condition that I had to wear flats to and from the venue).



I’m wearing: Top by Bardot; Skirt by Witchery; Booties by Nine West; Clutch by Oroton; Earrings by Lovisa and Necklace by Collette



The Cocktail Diaries

Like most of my girlfriends, I love a good cocktail. My poison of choice is usually a Cosmopolitan, a Manhattan or a Vodka Martini – dirty, shaken, with three olives. One should know precisely how they like their Martini after all! Lately I have been in a cocktail mood and since I live a more than a cheap cab ride from my favourite cocktail haunts, I decided the only thing to do was to start mixing my own at home.

Cocktail equipment

I would love to start this little project off by creating my own vintage inspired bar cart, but alas I live in an apartment where I decided an eight seater dining table was a necessity leaving me with very little, read no room, for one. Instead I will settle for assembling all the required equipment on a purpose bought tray and using my large dining room table.

The cocktail I have decided to start this fun little project with is one that caught my eye for a few reasons, firstly I love vodka, secondly it has one of my favourite ingredients – elderflower cordial, and lastly because it has a very Southern feel to it that makes me want to dress up in my girliest, Alannah Hill approved outfit and slap on some old world jazz and lounge on my balcony in the fading afternoon sun.

Southern Afternoon Tea

Unfortunately, I forgot to buy 3 of the main ingredients for this recipe and with Jess arriving in 5 minutes, I had no time to run up to the shops. Instead I came up with an Elderflower Martini.  Here’s how to make it:

Elderflower Martini (serves 2):


  • Vodka
  • Soda water
  • Cucumber
  • Elderflower Cordial
  • Green apple


  • Shaker
  • Strainer
  • Martini glass


  1. In the shaker place 2 cucumber chunks and 2 pieces of green apple, about 2cm thick. Add 45ml of Elderflower cordial and muddle (if you don’t have a muddling stick, you can use a rolling-pin). 
  2. Pour over 60ml of vodka (I used Grey Goose as I love the clean smoothness).
  3. Place on the lid and shake vigorously
  4. Strain the drink into a chilled Martini glass and top with 60ml of soda water
  5. Garnish with a thin slice of cucumber and green apple



Original recipe by me

I served this with a bowl of spice popcorn, here’s what I did:

Follow the instruction on the popcorn packet. its important to pop this from scratch rather than use microwave popcorn. Whilst popping, in a large mixing bowl place 1 teaspoon each of cinnamon, ground cumin, ground coriander and salt, plus a quarter teaspoon cayenne pepper. Pour in 2 generous tablespoons of maple syrup. When the popping has subsided, pour the hot popcorn into the mixing bowl and coat the kernels evenly. Serve in your favourite dish.




Loving right now…

I am in love with this Bec & Bridge Rosetta mini dress. The colour and print is screaming summer cocktails at Manly to me!

Bec & Bridge Rosetta Mini Dress

Bec & Bridge Rosetta Mini Dress

I am also crushing on these crisp white pumps from Wittner, these are so versatile. They will work beautifully for a casual look with jeans and a blazer, look smart and fresh  for business not to mention I am already picturing these with my cute new yellow cocktail dress!

Wittner Baria White leather Pumps

I think I may need treat myself to an early christmas present, after all it is the Silly Season and a girl needs to look her best..