Food & Drink

How Nutcracker Peddlers Clear $500 a Day Selling Mysterious (and Illegal) Drinks on NYC Beaches

Published On 07/21/2017 Published On 07/21/2017
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A Nutcracker seller named Jason sells his "Forbidden Drinks" line for as much as $40 a bottle | Cole Saladino/Thrillist
On an average summer day, Kim expects to make about $400-$500 in sales
26-year-old Jason's Nutcracker loot | Cole Saladino/Thrillist
“I had never been drunk in my life before -- and like they say, if you don’t get high, you don’t sell.”
Jason walks around with a Nutcracker in hand to attract customers | Cole Saladino/Thrillist
"Forbidden Drinks" on Rockaway Beach | Cole Saladino/Thrillist
“It’s worth it -- it’s a whole lot of money for a side hustle”