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What a weekend! This year we returned to Splore with our Babydoll Cocktail Making Sessions 🍹. We were so stoked at how many of you made us a part of your Splore experience – the creativity and great vibes were definitely flowing at the festival at Tāpapakanga. 💃🕺

Our Babydoll Cocktail Making Sessions were run by winemaker Ruby McManaway, who had a bit of fun with our wines, creating the Babydoll Flirtini, Rosé Lemonade and Just Peachy cocktails. Check out the cocktail recipes and a bit more about Ruby’s experience at her first Splore!  🎉🌺

How was your Splore experience with Babydoll? 

Splore with Babydoll was epic. It was awesome to be there representing the Babydoll brand and its’ wines, everyone at Splore loved Babydoll which was incredibly cool, having been a part of making the wines.

What was your favourite Feasty dress up? 

Everyone really puts in a lot of effort, lots of glitter, sequins, feathers and even neon lights! No favourite fits, just blown away with how much effort goes into every single outfit.

How were the Cocktail Making Sessions? 

I hosted the Cocktail Making Sessions this year, it was great to catch-up with everyone that came and talk wines, cocktails and the story behind the Babydoll sheep! We made three cocktails; the first one was called a ‘Flirtini’ using our Babydoll Sparkling. The Second cocktail was a ‘Rose Lemonade’ using the Babydoll Rose, and the third cocktail was the ‘Just Peachy’, using Babydoll Pinot Gris – a total crowd pleaser.

What was your favourite bit about Splore? 

How happy and carefree everyone is. It is the most beautiful setting at Tāpapakanga. The Babydoll bar and hang out space was beautiful, seeing it for the first time was a highlight. 

What was your favourite part of the festival?

The Powhiri lead by John Minty was beautiful and incredibly embracing. A huge amount of people gathered on the banks surrounding the main stage for it, I felt very lucky to witness it, truly a special way to open the festival. 

I can’t say enough how cool this event is, everyone needs to experience Splore at least once! 

Recreate any of our Babydoll Splore Cocktails.

Nothing beats a delicious spread of nibbles, alongside a lovely chilled glass of rosé. Rosé is best shared with friends, so our friend Melie from Melie’s Kitchen has paired it with a stunning spread of dips and salads designed to share.

The smoked salmon, horseradish & sumac pate is a real crowd pleaser, pretty n’ pink alongside some crunchy pickled radishes. The caramelised onion & parmesan dip is a fancy take on a kiwi-classic, topped with spicy, smoky chilli & garlic oil. The charred red pepper, cherry tomato & pomegranate salad with feta is a beautiful, colourful salad perfect for the festive celebrations. Served with some crunchy za’atar Lebanese breads + focaccia – perfect! 

To recreate any of these mouth-watering dishes from our delish spread, see recipes: