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Babylon Spice, as served at Paymon’s Mediterranean Café & Hookah Lounge locations, $8

Combining ingredients that are both popular and typical of Middle Eastern and Moroccan cuisine, Paymon’s general manager Jeff Ecker created a drink that pairs well with the tradition of smoking hookah. With delicate flavors such as mango, coconut, orange and cherry, Ecker notes that it appeals to the female set as well. The cocktail was also featured in 2002 on Rachael Ray’s show, $40 a Day. It has remained on the menu ever since, a testament to the enduring success of this match made in the Mediterranean.

In related news, the 8380 W. Sahara Ave. location (the other is at 4147 S. Maryland Parkway) has just added a new permanent dance floor and now presents DJ Albert Gruve spinning Western and Persian/Middle-Eastern dance music 10 p.m. till late on Saturdays.

Allow a large branch of fresh ginger to infuse overnight in a sealed container with a bottle of Sailor Jerry’s Spiced Rum. In a cocktail shaker, add 1½ ounces house-made ginger-infused spiced rum, ½ ounce coconut milk and 4 ounces mango juice. Add ice, shake thoroughly and strain into a chilled 14-ounce “Poco Grande” or hurricane glass. Garnish with an orange wheel, cherry, and coconut flakes.



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