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The Pisco Controversy

A veritable war is now being fought between Peru and Chile over the rights to claim Pisco as their respective national drink. While Peru claims its historic origin, Chile was the first to expand its production and create a massive export market. Chileans argue that foreign taste buds recognize their product as the "authentic" version. Peruvians counter that the Chilean version, which allows additives and is yellow in color as opposed to clear, is not "authentic" because it deviates from the traditional method of production. The Pisco battle is not likely to be settled anytime soon. In the meantime perhaps each side could try to kick back, and have a strong Pisco Sour—made with Pisco from their origin of choice.


Ingredients: 2 oz. Pisco; ¾ oz. lime juice; ½ oz. simple syrup (granulated sugar melted in water); 1 egg white; 3 oz. ice or enough to fill a cocktail shaker; a few dashes of Angostura bitters.


First make the simple syrup then blend together Pisco, lime juice, simple syrup, and egg white with ice. Take an old-fashioned or highball glass, dip the rim in egg white and then sugar. Strain the drink into the glass and sprinkle with a few drops of Angostura bitters. Salud.



Here are some related tips to help plan your trip to Chile: La Serena Restaurants Overview, Culinary vocabulary, How to Eat a Crudo, Food and drink in Chile and Chumbeques.

29 Jun 2009

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