Cocktails: The St Kilda Martini

St Kilda is a bayside suburb of Melbourne just 7kms from the centre of town and easily accessed by tram. It’s a suburb well advanced along the gentrification path but clinging to its recent history as the city’s red light district and home to a disproportionate number of homeless people. It’s this side of the area that inspired the mythical St Kilda Martini. This post is a call out to anyone who may have tasted one, made one, worn one even. I’m looking for first hand reviews. This is not a dare to make one (unless you’d like to for photographic purposes which could illustrate this entry).

According to Neil Prentice the St Kilda Martini consists of Methylated spirits, lime cordial and garnished with the end of a Winnie Blue cigarette. Unlike most Martinis with the St Kilda Martini there is more skill required to drink it than make it. One must complete the smoking of the fag prior to mixing the cocktail or hold it deftly away from the spirit as metho is a known accelerant. It’s entirely possible that several unexplained fires in the St Kilda area are the result of amateurs drinking a veterans beverage.

By Michelle Matthews

Does your suburb have its own Martini? What would a Fitzroy, Carlton or South Yarra Martini consist of for example?

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4 Responses to “Cocktails: The St Kilda Martini”

  1. pclux 08. Jun, 2011 at 11:17 am #

    I could only imagine (with trepidation) what a Werribee Martini would consist of?!!

  2. Adrian 09. Jun, 2011 at 5:04 am #

    It reminds me of Michael Delany’s “Rooting on the Rags” back in Honkytonks days—a red-coloured drink with a white-centred ice cube attached to a piece of cotton. FOUL.

  3. Michael D-K 09. Jun, 2011 at 5:53 am #

    I so doubt it was foul Adrian, and by the way, it was called “Fucking on the rags, on the rocks” and was our way of intimidating losers who thought they were risque ordering a Cocksucking Cowboy

  4. secretshq 10. Jun, 2011 at 1:25 am #

    I was speaking with the Prince (Prince Michael Delany-Korabelnikova) last night and got the low down on the Honkytonks cocktail. It was kind of Russian take on the Kir; vodka, cassis or similar, and an ice cube made from almond liqueur. Quite drinkable.

    He also revealed that Mink Bar (Est 1997) will be launching its latest cocktail list this weekend.

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