An Underground Drink Cast as a Film Star | NY Times

By ALEX VADUKUL

Nutcracker Inc - NY TIMES - Washington Heights

At Flor de Mayo, credited with creating a drink called the nutcracker, Jose Chu showed how it is made on the Upper West Side. (Photo: Hiroko Masuike | NY Times)

A tall plastic soup container is filled with ice, over-proof rum, cheap liqueurs and fruit juices and stashed in a brown paper bag. Some money changes hands. What happens after that, at least for the buyer, can get blurry.

The potent street cocktail is called a nutcracker. It is best known in uptown Manhattan neighborhoods like Inwood and Washington Heights and it is unlikely to be confused with the ballet that is a Christmas season tradition.

Now, it is having its story told. The drink is the subject of a documentary, still being produced, that aims to cast the underground mix not as an illicit scourge but as an entrepreneurial success.

The film, “Nutcracker Inc.,” is to focus on Washington Heights, where the nutcracker rose to popularity early in the millennium among the Manhattan neighborhood’s Dominican diaspora. The filmmakers plan to touch on the ire stirred by the drink’s unregulated sales, but the emphasis will be on the go-getter immigrant attitude epitomized in the marketplace that arose for this fruity concoction, called Dominican moonshine by some.

Read more: An Underground Drink Cast as a Film Star – NYTimes.com.

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