MELBOURNE: Winter got sweeter with the igloo garden at Auburn Hotel, Hawthorn

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Date night, work dinner, need a drink, or just ‘cos, the Winter Igloo Garden at the Auburn Hotel in Hawthorn is there for it – and doing it well.

Caged, steel igloos fill the back courtyard of the colonial days hotel along Auburn Road, adding a haunting, but super cute arrangement to the otherwise incredibly ornate 100+ year-old hotel.

It’s a trendy take on traditional outdoor dining, giving guests shelter from the cold of winter, while keeping warm by sucking back Wild Turkey‘s American Honey bourbon.

A sweet treat as well as an alcoholic smack in the gob you know you want, the American Honey bottle isn’t often seen, but ticks all the boxes of what you’re after from a drink in the middle of winter.

It’s warming (‘cos bourbon), but sweetened in a dangerously morish way, thanks to the honey.

The Wild Turkey folks and the Auburn Hotel have even partnered with the good, bee-loving people at Melbourne City Rooftop Honey to pair with their American Honey hot toddy, espresso martini, honey julep, old fashioned – the list goes on.

Igloo packages cater to those looking for something cosy and intimate in a communal dining space, with larger group sizes of up to 28 people able to enjoy private seating and cocktail events in the mega igloo. The menu, inspired by the smooth, sweet flavour of American Honey, includes a selection of cured meats and cheeses drizzled in honey, followed with dessert, a chocolate honeycomb fondue. All designed to be paired with American Honey on the rocks or as a matched cocktail.

Pricing starts at $49 for a gourmet tasting board, fondue and matched American Honey cocktail. Also, on offer is a three-course dining experience that can be enjoyed exclusively in the mega igloo for $79 per head. Bookings are essential.

Last year, they booked out fully over the whole season from day one. Get to it!

To book, head to the Auburn Hotel website.

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