Black Magic

In 1941, when the Village Vanguard contributed the Black Magic to the New York Daily News, it wasn’t yet the preeminent jazz venue it would become in the 1950s. It had plenty of good jazz, mind you, but it also made room for cabaret acts and poetry readings and other amusements—tropical drinks among them, judging from this tasty knockoff of the infamous Zombie.

1 1/2 ounces dark Jamaican rum
1/2 ounce cognac
1 teaspoon white crème de menthe
1/2 ounce lime juice
1/2 ounce papaya nectar
To finish: an artistically carved chunk of fresh pineapple

Shake and strain into a large tumbler filled with shaved or crushed ice; add pineapple and straw.

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