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Pisco: All You Need To Know About Peru’s National Drink


Modified: December 27, 2023

by Joharah Galvez

Pisco, Peru's National Drink
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Pisco, a special alcoholic drink that has a lot of interesting things everyone would love to know. Pisco’s origins trace back to Peruvian cuisine. The drink is an alcoholic beverage made from fermented wine of some specific grapes. Its name is from its base liqueur which is known as Pisco and its sweetener components.


It is one of the flagship products of Peru. Pisco, being a flagship product of Peru, is a cultural expression and represents Peru all over the world.


Drink experts and historians consensed that the drink was invented in early 1920s in Lima by Victor Morris, an American bartender. Although the origination of Pisco was attributed to Elliot Stubb by Orestes Plath in Chile, the oldest mentions of Pisco sour are from 1921 magazines, where Morris was cited to be the inventor of the cocktail.


Why Is It So Popular?

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It first became common among the Peruvian upperclassmen and English-speaking outlanders when Morris opened his bar in Lima. The people sought for it because of its special taste.


Aside from that, the brandy crossed all borders due to its invaluable and undeniable originality. It is irreplaceable does not have a substitute in terms of taste and contents. Its taste is rich and firm. It also smells very fragrant, usually due to its sweetener components.


Pisco also has many brands. Pisco Porton is one of the brands readily available in the U.S although made in Hacienda La Caravedo in Ica, Peru.


How Does Pisco Taste?


It tastes good! It has an undeniable pleasurable taste. Nevertheless, the taste varies from brand to brand, depending on the quantity of the recipes. Also, taking Pisco over a brunch or adding any other thing to the drink may change its taste, depending on the taste of the supplements.


Getting a cocktail over a brunch or even at work is what almost everyone loves to do because it gets their head strong in case of any hangover. The best taste is gotten when it is chilled and taken alone or over a good meal. Notwithstanding, it also varies from one person to another, depending on the individual’s preference and measure of pleasure and satisfaction.


How Much Is Pisco?


The Peruvian brandy is affordable depending on the maximum amount you can buy. The price basically depends on the different recipes used, the quatity of the recipes used, the processing and the labor of the producer. These things altogether determine the quality of the drink. Consequently, the price varies from brand to brand depending on the things aforementioned.

At the moment, the Peruvian drink’s price ranges from $25 to $48. The price range also depends on the region.


How To Drink


Each brand of the brandy has different ways it can be taken. All the same, we cannot generalise any particular way to drink the cocktail. However, it is still essential we discuss some of the ways we can few out of all.


Taking Pisco Majodito for instance, you can muddle 5 basil leaves and half an inch of orange wheel that has been cut into quarters, then add half of oz simple syrup, 2 oz pisco and top up with Fever-Tree ginger ale. It can also be taken over brunch. There are many more ways to drink Pisco but everything depends on an individual’s choices.


What Cocktails Can You Make?

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The preparation of Pisco-based cocktails is traceable to the 1970s. In the 1920s, Mario Bridget, a Peruvian bartender, working at Victor Morris’ bar, created a Pisco sour with a modern Peruvian recipe, by adding egg whites and Angostura bitters. There are a few cocktails which include the Pisco Sour from Raymi, a Peruvian restaurant formerly based in New York. The term sour is in reference to its sour citrus juice and its sweetener components.


People from Raymi also developed the Pisco Punch. This cocktail is a mixture of pisco brandy, pineapple, lime juice, sugar, gum arabic and distilled water garnished with pineapple and cherry.


See The Pisco Museum


Pisco Museum is a Peruvian Latin bar in Calle Santa Catalina Ancha 398 with Calle San Agustin, Cusco in Peru. It is referred to Museo Del Pisco in native language. It was first established in Cusco and Arequipa in 2012. Although it is not a museum in the true sense, it is referred to a museum because it is an artisanal cocktail bar that represents the national liquor of Peruvians.


It is mentioned in one of the best to eat in Cusco. The Price range in this bar is between $10 to $40. The cuisines at Pisco Museum include, Peruvian, Latin, Bar. The top five drinks in Pisco Museum are classic Pisco sour, Andino Chicano, Libia Frutale, Maracahigo, and Fresh Frutale. There are also special diets available in the museum. They are vegetarian-friendly and there are gluten-free options so vegetarian friends, don’t worry!


Pisco Museum opens from Monday to Thursday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays 11 a.m. to 12 a.m., and on Sundays 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.


How To Get To Museo del Pisco: It is located just northeast of the Plaza de Armas, and its entrance is visible from the right side of the Government Palace.


Where To Buy Pisco In The U.S.


The drink is available shops worldwide, including in the U.S. You can buy it, however, craft distillers distribute Pisco in limited quantity. So if you want it regularly, better stock up!


There are many other places to buy the brandy internationally. Here is a list of countries and their respective distributors:
Canada: The UNKNOWN Agency
Japan: Blue Habu Trade Group


It is also important to note that Pisco can be ordered online. You can buy from Ace Spirit, an online liquor store. You can go to this website and order for any Pisco of your choice.


Final Thoughts


Pisco is an alcoholic drink you should definitely try out. Better yet, try it out in Peru! Through this, you can experience the drink and its origins fully and with more authenticity. Let us know about your trip to Peru in the comments! 


*This article was contributed by Akshay Sharma.