What’s $5, fruity, and makes your day a whole lot more blurry? It’s nutcracker, an illegal Harlem street beverage that is, in broad strokes, a sweet punch made from whatever alcohol and whatever fruit juice and/or fruity candy you’ve got on hand. The New York Times covered nutcracker last week, so it’s reached new levels of prominence. In a way, this guy really isn’t too different from someone who sells jams or pies at a farmers’ market. Except that cops don’t hand you summonses for doing that.

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