Spiced Pear Caipirini

Spiced Pear Caipirini with Leblon Cachaca

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Prep: 3 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 3 mins
Serving: 1 serving
Yield: 1 cocktail
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
39 Calories
0g Fat
10g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 39
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 8mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 10g 4%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 13mg 66%
Calcium 7mg 1%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 51mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

The spiced pear caipirini is a delightful rendition of the caipirini, which is in itself a neat variation of the caipirinha. All are brilliant drinks to pour cachaça into and, because it features pear and warm spices, this recipe is ideal for autumn and winter celebrations.

This cocktail recipe was created by Naren Young for Leblon Cachaça. It avoids its predecessors' characteristic lime altogether, opting instead for the delightful combination of pear and lemon. Add to that the charming spice mixture of ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg and you have a great drink for any occasion.

Ingredients

  • 1 (1-inch) slice fresh ginger

  • 2 ounces cachaça

  • 2 ounces pear nectar

  • 1/2 ounce lemon juice

  • 1 pinch grated nutmeg, for garnish

  • 1 pinch grated cinnamon, for garnish

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Muddle the ginger in a cocktail shaker.

  3. Pour the cachaca, pear nectar, and lemon juice into the shaker, then fill with ice.

  4. Shake vigorously.

  5. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

  6. Garnish with a pinch of nutmeg and cinnamon. Serve and enjoy.

Tips

  • Though the recipe was created for and recommends Leblon, there are other cachaças worth trying. The market for the Brazilian style of rum is growing and it's fun to explore the options.
  • Instead of pear nectar, you can use pear juice. Depending on where you shop, it may actually be easier to find the nectar than a straight pear juice. Pear nectar is typically found in the juice aisle.
  • Fresh lemon juice will produce a better tasting drink. On average, you can expect to get 1 3/4 ounces out of a lemon, so one fruit will make a few drinks.

Recipe Variations

  • Serve this caipirini on the rocks in an old-fashioned glass if you like. It will be more like the original caipirinha. There's no need to shake or strain it; just mix it right in the serving glass.
  • If you use pear juice, you will want to add a sweetener to the drink. About 1/2 ounce of simple syrup or agave nectar should be about perfect.
  • Another sweetener option to use with any pear ingredient is a brown sugar simple syrup. This recipe includes the spices (along with cloves, allspice, vanilla, and orange zest) so you can skip those additions in the cocktail.
  • Rum would be a good substitute for cachaça. Though it's most often distilled from molasses rather than pure sugar cane juice, like the Brazilian version, it will have an underlying sweetness that is as close as you'll find in the base liquors.

How Strong Is a Spiced Pear Caipirini?

For a martini-style drink, the spiced pear caipirini is a relatively gentle cocktail. On average, its alcohol content will be around 16 percent ABV (32 proof). That's only slightly stronger than the average wine.

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