Zuma Juice at Zuma Grill & Lounge

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Since there's really no better accessory than a cocktail in your hand, each week brings you a tasty adult beverage from one of our favorite drinking establishments, complete with recipe.

This week: The Zuma Juice at Zuma Grill & Lounge.

Signature cocktails don't always have to do in your wallet, and the good people at Zuma Grill & Lounge make sure they don't by always having carafe of Zuma Juice on standby for, get this, $3 a glass.

This is a college girls dream drink: Cheap, sweet, and impaired-judgment inducing. Cross cotton candy with a Shirley Temple, add booze and you have Zuma's take on jungle juice that's sure to keep you dancing all night long (there's Red Bull in the mix too).

(Recipe after the jump.)

Zuma Juice
1 oz. Cherry Vodka
1 oz. Vanilla Vodka
½ oz. Cherry Syrup (i.e. Torani, not grenadine)
1 Lime wedge

Mix together both vodkas, the cherry syrup, and Sprite in a glass over ice. Squeeze in a fresh lime, and then give it a good shake. Pour the drink back in the glass, top with the ubiquitous jolt of energy that is Red Bull, and garnish with a lime wedge. Last but not least: High-five.

The high-five is a crucial ingredient to the perfect Zuma Juice, according to the bar staff. And they would know, this sweeter than sugar concoction has been on tap since day one at Zuma. It is definitely a girly drink, so guys, we (and the bar staff) suggest you man up, order something a bit less pretty-in-pink, and leave the frou frou drinks to the college girls.

After one of these, shots of Jack and Don Julio were sounding appetizing - not because we were hammered, but because we've outgrown our nights of candy-camouflaged vodka. Still, for three bucks a glass, we'd gladly suck these down during a long night out and relive our mystery-mix-by-the-bucket glory days.

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