Tony Starr’s Kitten Club’s Mexican Divorce

Photography: Vanessa Levis

This is one D.I.V.O.R.C.E. that's easy on the palate and the purse.

"You can have the house and the car," reads the note on the cocktail list, "just leave me my drink." Such fine, family-friendly sentiments. Press the Kitten Club's bar manager, Mark Farage, though, and he'll happily give you more practical detail: "The heather honey from the Drambuie is a nice twist on the classic flavour combination of 100 per cent agave reposado tequila and lemon." If you're into cocktail and food matching, Farage suggests pairing it with wood-fired corn with chipotle mayo and lime. Now that's our kind of courtroom drama. Tony Starr's Kitten Club, 267 Little Collins St, Melbourne, (03) 9650 2448.

Muddle a quarter of a lemon in a tumbler, and add 10ml of sugar syrup. Smack six tender mint leaves to release their flavour and put them in the glass with 45ml tequila (El Jimador Reposado is the poison of choice for the drink at the Kitten Club) and 15ml Drambuie. Add crushed ice to half-fill, stir well, garnish with a lemon twist tied around a mint sprig and serve.

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