Everything I Learned About Pisco in My First 24 Hours in Peru
Pisco, Peru's National Drink
- •Pisco is distilled grapesLike a white wine with three times the alcohol content
- •Pisco Sours are the country's drink of choice3 parts Pisco, 1 part lime juice, 1 part simple syrup, and 1/2 an egg white. Shake, don't blend. Like a margarita with a sweet foam top.
- •Pisco Sours were created by an AmericanVictor Morris of San Francisco opened Morris's Bar in Lima in the early 20th Century, serving a South American twist on the Whiskey Sour. Peruvians quickly tell you they added the egg whites to the drink, which make it frothy and add protein, enabling more consumption. "Practically a health food!" Our guide proclaimed.
- •But Chilcanos con Pisco are where it's at!Half a glass of Pisco topped off with ginger ale, cherry juice, and a squeeze of lime. If Pisco Sours are margaritas, these are tequila with lime-aid. You can drink them all night, if your night consists of having two and then falling asleep on the bus ride home.
- •"The Pisco is Efficient"As stated by our new travel friend Ellen, two Pisco drinks into her night and halfway through a box of KFC- strangely, Peru's drunk fast food of choice.