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Desert Companion

Cocktail of the Month: The Joy Stick

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

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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