I have to confess that I didn’t think much of pisco. It wasn’t until meeting, Claudia Olmedo, the Pisco Sommelier, that I got to experience pisco the proper way. I associated pisco with bad mixed drinks turns out I really like it when’s neat or on the rocks.
Pisco is Peru and Chile’s answer to brandy. It’s the national spirit of both countries, but made with different processes. In both countries, it is distilled from wine.
There are four categories of pisco:
*Acholado varieties are made from a blend of two or more acceptable grape varietals. Recipes for this type of pisco tend to be handed down generation to generation.
*Aromatic piscos come from aromatic grapes, usually Muscat.
*Green piscos are made by using the must of partially-fermented grapes.
*Pure pisco, like the Aromatic variety, comes from just one kind of grape, usually the black Quebranta grapes.
Next time you are in the mood for a cosmopolitan, ditch the vodka and go with pisco instead. You will have a brandy based drink known as the “Piscopolitan”. This cocktail also contains Grand Marnier so it bring some cognac to really get the brandy going. Make this one at home or have your favorite bartender mix this up for you. Let me know what you think about this one.
2 oz. Pisco
1 oz. Grand Marnier
½ oz. Fresh Lime Juice
½ oz. Cranberry Juice
In a shaker with ice cubes add all ingredients. Shake and Strain into martini glass. Garnish with Lemon peel.