Meet the Maker: Melanie Asher From Macchu Pisco

What is La Diablada?

Our prized vintage Pisco named after a spiritual dance in Peru between angels and demons.

How long have you been doing what you do?

Right after graduating from Harvard Business School 12 years ago, I moved to the rural vineyards of Peru and learned how to make Pisco, but I'd been dreaming about it for 10 years before that!

When did you have your eureka moment?

When I was 9 years old I put some Pisco in my vanilla ice cream!

Why did you set it up?

To bring happiness to the world! Every alcohol has its own buzz and Pisco sours, the iconic cocktail made with Pisco just gives you a unique happy buzz. It is a well kept secret of Peruvian pride.

What would you be doing if you weren't running La Diablada?

Mine's a pretty cool job so everything else pales in comparison but I would settle on running Richard Branson's Virgin Empire...

Big up someone that you've met along the way?

Helena Christensen and Mario Testino! Really cool fellow Peruvians who have left their style mark in the world.

Advice for other people looking to start their own thing?

Work, work, work!

If you had a super power what would it be?

Reading minds

What's been your biggest achievement?

Being named Business Woman of the Year by the Government of Peru.

Who would play you in a movie?

Ava Gardner

Tell us something amazing about the Drink industry?

There is a current trend in "carnivore cocktails" such as using bacon washing vodka for bloody mary's or using pechuga mezcals for really pricey margaritas...recently Michelin starred NY restaurant Betony released a Foie Gras Flip cocktail. In that vain, we will be producing this harvest season 2015 the first ever "Chicharron Macchu Pisco" for bartenders to make delectable pisco sours! Chicharron has a double entendre meaning fried pork but also the slang term used for the young pisco as soon as it comes of the still. Using Pechuga mezcal techniques, we will produce a pisco seeping the wine we distill in a pork tenderloin!

Do you have any quirky / OCD rituals?

Playing music I like on repeat over and over again like a broken record.

Other brands you respect?

Del Maguey mezcal, how they give back to the community.

Worst day at La Diablada?

When my sister, best friend and business partner went into a coma due to labor induced difficulties. As an all-female family business we are so very close. I feel so blessed she came through and is thriving with my 2 year old nephew Leonidas who we hope one day will take over the family business!

Best day / achievement at La Diablada?

Making our Millenium Pisco Blend with my grandmonther Amelia to celebrate her 100th birthday. She always has to give her stamp of approval before we release La Diablada to the market.