An edible flower floating gracefully on the surface of a freshly-made cocktail. Salt on the rim of sparkling glassware. A wedge of lime lodged in the neck of a beer bottle. Garnishes not only elevate the visual appeal of a drink, they can also enhance its flavours.
In some cases they make the drink. What would a gin and tonic be without lime? A mojito without mint? Or a martini without olives? Top shelf beverages deserve the very best trimmings. The Bundaberg Region is spoilt for choice when it comes to quality cocktail garnishes. So we thought we’d share a few of our favourite local products, makers and stockists.
One Little Farm is a boutique florist, green grocer, fine food purveyour and café located on Bargara Road in East Bundaberg. Owned by farmers Kate and Anthony Rehbein, OLF is the home of BundaGinga and is a proud supporter of other local farmers and food businesses.
One Little Farm, 3/133 Bargara Rd, Bundaberg East 4670
Giles Herb Farm grow 12 different types of herbs, including mint, thyme, rosemary and winter tarragon (pictured). They make herb bouquets, butters and smudge sticks. From their Meadowvale cart, they also sell scented candles and beauty products.
Giles Herb Farm, 10 Careys Road, Meadowvale 4670
Gin Gin & Dry make delicious, healthy dried fruit products from locally grown produce. Preservative free with nothing artificial, their products make fantastic garnishes and snacks. Add them to your cheese platter or on top of your morning muesli.
Gin Gin & Dry, 218D McIlwraith Road, Gin Gin 4671
Alloway Farm Market is the home of the delectable Forbidden Figs. Grown year-round by RedRidge Produce, these premium, ethereal figs are ready to eat and unlike anything you’ve ever tasted. Shop for fig jams and syrups. Buy fresh produce and plants, or grab a coffee.
Alloway Farm Market, 1 Siding Road, Alloway 4670
The home of sensational strawberries and perfect passionfruit, Tinaberries is an idyllic picnic garden stop at 15 Zinks Road, on the way to Elliott Heads. Depending on the time of the season, pick your own strawberries or enjoy fresh fruit icecream.
Tinaberries, 15 Zinks Road, Woongarra 4670