Best Bastardization of the Caipirnha

The Spiced Pear Caipirini at Miss Pearl's Jam House

The caipirinha, one of Brazil's outstanding contributions to world culture, has officially assumed its place as the globe's favorite cocktail. This potent concoction of ice, sugar, muddled limes, and sugarcane liqueur is one of those perfectly simple success stories you don't normally want to tamper with, but the inventive mixologists at Miss Pearl's have come up with a delicious variation that gilds the lily without robbing the drink of its essential virility. The Spiced Pear Caipirini combines the essentials — cachaça and lime juice — with the surprisingly copacetic flavors of pear liqueur, pear purée, mashed ginger, and nutmeg, resulting in a tropical elixir that's sweet, bracing, cool, and spicy all at once. It's one of the many visionary potions poured at this lively Jack London Square Afro-Caribbean eatery; other options include the Mmmmm-Tini, a strapping quasi-milkshake of puréed mango, coconut cream, orange bitters, and rum, and the Old Cuban, a rejiggered mojito spiked with Falernum syrup and a splash of champagne. Bottoms up!
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