Peru and Chile have beef about this and both claim Pisco as their national drink - we're with Peru on this one. They've set up a whole week of celebrations in London every year and roped in the best of the best to get everyone trying this kick-ass drink. They've even made this EPIC video to show it off. Hats off.
But wherever this punchy South American brandy comes from, BarChick dig it - and it is killer in cocktails too. If you’ve never heard of it, no sweat, here’s what you need to know and where you need to get it:
What is Pisco?
Pisco is a South American brandy made from grapes that are fermented and distilled to make an aguardiente. Basically it’s bloody good. Pisco can be made using a variety of grape types and can be distilled using different methods, this means that like all booze, the taste and the aroma can change, as can the viscosity (thickness, babes) of the finished product.
What does it taste like?
Well, like pisco, really. But if you wanted to know what you’re in for imagine a mix of vodka and tequila. Punchy, but fresh. There are herbal notes in there as well as hints of tropical fruits, and if you really get into it you’ll realise how the taste of pisco keeps evolving in your palate. Don’t believe us? Go try it!
Pisco Sour Week
It's Pisco Sour Week right now in London. It’s basically an excuse to party South American style and sample some kick-ass pisco sours. The big hitting Andean restaurants like Chotto Matte, Ceviche, Coya and Pachamama are all going to be doing more than just whacking a pisco based drink on the menu. Plus big hitting bars like Oriole and Nightjar are getting in on the Peruvian action so you know it's just getting bigger. For more info check out their Facebook page.
BUT, pisco is for life, not just for Pisco Sour Week. SO, where can you drink the good stuff all year round?
Where to get your pisco fix:
Ceviche – This was London's first pisco bar, so you know these guys mean business. To prove it there’s nothing but this delicious grape brandy in the cocktails. Now that’s dedication.
Try: ‘Lilko’i’ is made with ginger infused pisco, passion fruit puree, Chase elderflower liqueur guanábana juice.
Coya – Drink pisco in style at super sexy Coya. Expect a Peruvian fusion fantasy in here with bright walls, long marble tables and grand gold details .
Try: ‘Ojo de Tigre’ is a pineapple infused pisco, with coconut liquor, fresh coriander, chili, lime juice & mango syrup.
Pachamama – Pachamama is a bar and kitchen in Marylebone that delivers a Peruvian-inspired menu of small plates, so naturally pisco is what they suggest to wash it all down with!
Try: ‘Chicama Barsol’ Quebranta Pisco infused with Earl Grey Tea, St. Germain, lime, lavender bitters
Chotto Matte – This slick sushi fusion hangout is loco about pisco!
Try: ‘Holy Water’. La Diablada Acholado Pisco, Kappa Chilean Pisco, citric acid, simple syrup and kaffir lime spritz
Andina – Martin Morales (aka. Peruvian Pisco legend) didn’t stop at Ceviche. Shoreditch’s got the sexy sister, Andina, and the cocktail menu’s just as epic.
Try: ‘Calentito’ Cinnamon, ginger and honey-infused Barsol pisco, white wine, spiced syrup, served warm