Stir over drug theme cocktail
Off the menu: The Laneway Lounge's Extreme Imbibe (Death in the Afternoon) cocktail. Picture: Simon Santi/The West Australian

A new inner-city Perth bar that sold a cocktail featuring a mirror tile, syringes, crushed white powder and a medicine bottle has apologised and taken the drink of its menu.

The Laneway Lounge's $17 cocktail, Extreme Imbibe (Death in the Afternoon), featured a "potion bottle" of white wine, capsules containing fizz powder and an injection of absinthe and soda.

It was described on the menu as "a Hemingway classic served new-school".

A spokeswoman for the bar said the decision was made to remove the drink after _The Weekend West's _food editor Rob Broadfield mentioned it in his column on Thursday.

The Department of Racing, Gaming and Liquor approached the bar and ordered the item be removed from sale, because it did not comply with its responsible promotion of liquor policy.

The bar's spokeswoman said the drink was part of mixologist Grant Collins' signature cocktail repertoire, but upon reflection "it was an obvious error in judgment".

"The Laneway Lounge apologises for any offence caused," she said.

"The Laneway Lounge in no way supports or encourages drug use."

The jazz bar opened on Murray Street, opposite Shafto Lane, on July 17 and is described on its website as elegant and refined, featuring jazz-era cocktails and "more progressive" creations by Collins, who has worked at Ku De Ta and W Hotel in Bali.

A spokesman from the department confirmed the cocktail was no longer being sold at the bar "following dialogue between the department and the licensee".

Professor Mike Daube, co-chairman of the National Alliance for Action on Alcohol, said the drink was "the most stupid and repellent alcohol promotion" he had seen.

The West Australian

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