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Birds of Paradise

Craving a trip to some far-flung, warm destination? You only need to go as far as Brighton’s Charles River Speedway, where Birds of Paradise has recently taken flight. The latest from Ran Duan (Baldwin Bar, Blossom Bar) and his cocktail magicians focuses on stunning drinks that combine influences from two places into one concoction. The “San Juan to Hanoi” cocktail, for example, takes you on a journey from tropical to subtropical, blending an aged gold rum and the citrus-vanilla Licor 43 with buttered cold brew, passion fruit, and lime.

Charles River Speedway, 525 Western Ave. #12, Brighton, 617-903-4298,