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Cocktail of the Month: Hits Different

Heather Jacquart
HJ Photography

At Red Dwarf

Even in the desert, summer means tropical flavors. Many rummy-fruity drinks are weak sauce, both in flavor and potency. The Red Dwarf offers a refreshingly unique take with its Hits Different, a perfect July beverage. Novo Fogo Passion Fruit Cachaça and Boukman Botanical Rhum give it a nice kick, mango nectar and Demerara syrup add sweetness, while coconut cream smooths flavors and textures together. The name is a reference to the Taylor Swift song, which in turn refers to the drink’s taking a few cues from the batida cocktail, whose name can translate as “hit” or “beat.” (The singer/songwriter/juggernaut also inspired the drink’s candy bracelet garnish.) A Swiftie tribute at a punk bar, a fruity drink that’s not cloying, a liquor-forward cocktail that doesn’t smack you in the face — it, well, hits different. — Lissa Townsend Rodgers

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