Nutcracker Drink Means Business in New Documentary | Mass Appeal

Nutcracker Awareness Day - Le Cheile

Summer is raging in NYC but it feels like Christmas in July! Why? Cuz of the Nutcracker, of course.

For the uninitiated, the Nutcracker is the new crack, the new moonshine and the new Viagra if you believe its hawkers and imbibers. Made with several spirits mixed with sickly sweet juices, Kool Aid or candy, the drink is NYC’s other indigenous alcoholic beverage created by Dominicans in the city’s Upper West Side: Washington Heights.

Nutcrackers are sold in plastic cups or in sealed plastic bottles for five bucks or more in barrios, on the street, on beaches, and on the subway! The last time something this homemade caused waves of concern was when crack was introduced in the ’80s, or when Prohibition came to Harlem. Think bathtub gin and rent parties, except this time, the liquor can be purchased freely, and the only flappers you’ll see are lips parted in a loud cry of “Nutcrackers! Get your Nutcrackers!!!”

Read more: Nutcracker Drink Means Business in New Documentary | Mass Appeal.

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Check out the story that started it all: The Nutcracker

Read the awesome story by Michael Feeney of the NY Daily News on our film: The modern-day moonshine of upper Manhattan

Related: Nutcracker Awareness Day @ Le Chéile In Pictures

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