One of the best ways to experience a country is to try its alcoholic drinks and mingle with the locals. When in Peru, one just has to try Pisco. Pisco is a grape brandy that is colorless or slightly yellowish. It was developed by the Spanish in the 16th century. Peruvian Pisco is produced using copper pot stills instead of continuous stills. Moreover, it is claimed that the Peruvian Pisco is never diluted after distillation and is bottled at its distillation strength.
Pisco does not have a strong odor and many first time drinkers do not realize its strength and end up getting inebriated way too quickly. Most Peruvians will tell you that it is almost blasphemous to mix Pisco with anything else and that one should not even add ice to it when drinking. However, there are a number of cocktails that are very popular and are based on Peruvian Pisco.
Pisco Sour is probably the most famous of these cocktails. Pisco is used as the base liquor and lime juice, syrup, ice and egg white are used to mix the drink. The cocktail was invested in Lima, the capital of Peru, by Victor Vaughn Morris, an American bartender. Victor opened his Morris’ Bar in Lima in 1916 and invented the cocktail in 1920s. His bar, which was very popular among the upper classes, quickly became known for its Pisco Sour.
The ingredients that you would require to prepare a Pisco Sour are 2 fl oz (8 parts) Pisco, 1 fl oz (4 parts) Lime juice, 3/4 fl oz (3 part) Simple syrup, 1 Egg white and a dash of bitters. You just need to shake hard or blend the ingredients with ice and then strain the concoction into a glass. The bitters can be added on top of the pisco foam.
The drink is so popular that Argentina’s Cristina Kirchner recently raised a toast with Peruvian president Alan García with a Peruvian Pisco Sour. Certainly, pisco is one of those drinks that strengths and stabilizes diplomacy and friendship. The next time you are in Peru, do not forget to order a Pisco Sour.
If your Peruvian friend objects to it, wash it down with pure pisco without even adding ice to it and show that you are capable of gulping down a strong drink without wincing a muscle.