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Michael Finnerty and Danny Walsh, bartenders at Beer Boys in Wilkes-Barre, always keep an open mind, and ear, when it comes to new drinks.

“We get a lot of the college crowd here,” Finnerty said, “so that means a lot of people from Philadelphia, New Jersey, New York. They’re always telling us about some new drink they tried there.”

“We’re always serving new things,” Walsh said, “whether it’s something we come up with or something someone has seen elsewhere.”

To that end, Beer Boys now carries Three Olives Dude, a new lemon-lime-flavored vodka, and is, as far as Finnerty and Walsh know, the only bar in the area to offer it.

They’re using it to concoct a drink that pays homage to a fast-food chain favorite – Mountain Dew’s Baja Blast, a soft drink served at Taco Bell.

“It tastes exactly like a Baja Blast, just with a hint of cherry,” Finnerty said.

“You can barely taste the alcohol in it,” Walsh said. “It’s just like drinking a soda.”

BAJA BLAST

Served at Beer Boys in Wilkes-Barre

$4; $3 Saturday special from 9-11 p.m.

Recipe: (eyeball it!)

3 Olives Dude vodka

Island Blue Pucker

Sprite

Dash of grenadine

Garnish with fruit, such as lime, lemon, or cherry

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