This was a project that took a little while to figure out, but when it came to putting it together, it had to go together in about 45 minutes as I was out of time, so therefore no in-progress shots
My SO does not drink and when I lived in australia I was introduced to a drink suitable for non-drinkers (*caveat below) It is called Lemon, lime and bitters. to make you put a few drops of angostura bitters into a glass, a measure of lime cordial and top it up with 7up (branded or generic is fine) this is over ice and is very nice. A lot of soda is just two sweet, but this has a complex flavour and is very refreshing. A lot of bars in Australia have it premixed, on tap.
When we go out, it is easy to bring a bottle of wine for me, but too much faff to bring three bottles to make a drink for him, so channeling the victorian gentleman traveller, I thought of making a travelling lemon, lime and bitters kit. The pictures are the result. Of course not one to be simple, gussying it up seemed like a much better idea.
I started with a small cardboard 'case' which was already black with polka dots. I found lots of free printable steamer trunk stickers, printed them and stuck them all over the front with a glue stick..
For the inside, I took a piece of foam, this was a cheap gardeners kneeling mat from our equivalent of the dollar store, while I was there I also picked up three small dog collars. I chopped the mat to fit, with conveniently left me with the end that had a handle cut out, I glued the cut out piece on top of the large piece as this made a really convenient holder for the littlest bottle. Poked holes in for the dog collars, then used hot glue and stretchy red velvet and glued it over the whole thing, allowing it to wrinkle and bunch a little (chopped holes to take the dog collar ends) popped the foam into the box...
then glued on a few pieces of bias binding (Had no elastic!) to take the straws and the cocktail picks.
This whole thing took about 45 mins!! we were off to dinner with friends and I wanted to bring it with me.
There are three bottles, the tiny one is an unused essential oil bottle, that has the bitters. The largest kilner bottle has lime cordial and the third bottle has maraschino cherries (yum!) obviously 7 up can be bought anywhere and is carried separately. Again, not one to let things alone, I found some halloween printables online and stuck them onto the clean bottles with superglue..works great..gets all over your fingers!!
I also found these great paper straws in the shop (Tiger) that I got the box..
So we brought it to dinner and it was a hit.
I will eventually cover the whole thing with PVA to make the stickers waterproof, and replace the bias binding holding the straws with elastic. It would also be cool to add some drinks coasters, if I could find some cool ones.
* Angostura bitters caveat, it is alcoholic, very much so, being about 50% proof, but you literally use no more than about 7-8 drops per drink, so it is less than one liqueur chocolate. It is also surprisingly expensive to buy, a bottle costs about as much as a bottle of vodka, but seeing as you use it incredibly sparingly, it lasts forever!