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Before any of your senses can react to a drink, you instinctively assess it by name. There are drink names that, quite rightly, resound with dignity. (Vieux Carre. Sazerac.) Others fittingly squeal "fun!" (Mimosa! Margarita! Mai Tai!) A cocktail dubbed Cute but Psycho, then, warns "Buyer beware. Mischief lurks." Here's what happens when you order this original cider-topped rum cocktail off the menu at Ward 8 in the North End: You expect a somewhat enhanced daiquiri (rum, lime, sweetener), but what you get is a full-blown tiki drink. See, the cider's natural spices fuse with the deep sweetness of the aged rum to yield an unexpected nutty flavor similar to falernum, a sweet, almond-y syrup common in island drinks. That's mischief that I invite.

CUTE BUT PSYCHO

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Makes 1 drink

1 ounce Ron Zacapa 23 Year (or any aged rum)

¾ ounce simple syrup (add ¼ cup sugar to ¼ cup water and stir until integrated)

½ ounce grapefruit juice

½ ounce lemon juice

2 ounces Bantam Wunderkind cider (or any dry cider)

1 edible flower (for garnish)

1. Into a shaker, over ice, pour rum, simple syrup, grapefruit juice, and lemon juice. Shake gently for 20 seconds (just long enough to combine ingredients).

2. Strain into a highball glass over ice.

3. Top with cider and garnish with flower. Adapted from Ward 8


Liza Weisstuch can be reached at liza.weisstuch@gmail.com. Follow her on Twitter @livingtheproof.