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.
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