$9, Trina's Starlite Lounge
3 Beacon St., Somerville
In the mix:
1 ounce Canton ginger cognac
1 ounce vanilla chai-infused cachaça
¾ ounce lemon juice
¾ ounce orange juice
Shake and garnish with an orange peel.
"Cachaça says fall to me — it's peppery and spicy with honey overtones," co-owner Beau Sturm said. "We thought chai and ginger together might be nice."
Bottom line: This pumpkin-hued drink is sugar, spice, and everything nice. Wonder if Starbucks would consider a ginger chai latte (sans cognac, of course)?
Or try: The Samata ($9, left) is a Starlite mainstay and it's easy to taste why — the mix of brandy, vodka, mint, and green tea is refreshing.