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Cocktail of the Month: The Joy Stick

at Hi Scores 65 S. Stephanie St., 702-522-7766; 4785 Blue Diamond Road, 702-888-1999,

You don’t go to the clamorous, corrugated bro cave Hi Scores for anything resembling chill ambience, but hey, you can try your hand at the original Mortal Kombat on free-play and see if you still know Scorpion’s fire-breathing fatality move. An added bonus: sugary alco-buzz. I tried the Joy Stick, a plain-looking but decently potent sweetbomb made with a base of cucumber vodka and watermelon schnapps. Properly fortified, I was not only hurling Scorp’s grappling hook like a pro — GET OVER HERE! — but I even remembered Liu Kang’s bicycle kick. Drinking wins — flawless victory.

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