Delicious Cocktails made with Chilean Pisco – The love for cocktails is a complex and multifaceted phenomenon that can be attributed to several factors, being taste, flavour, creativity, innovation and of course the social and cultural aspects.
At a recent event ProChile introduced Women Talking to the captivating world of Chilean Pisco. As a spirit deeply rooted in history and culture, Chilean Pisco transcends time and geography, offering a sensory journey through the heart of Chile’s rich heritage.
Produced in Chile, Pisco’s history is intertwined with its grape-growing and winemaking expertise, dating back many hundreds of years and is a type of grape brandy. It is made from specific grape varieties, primarily Muscat grapes, and is produced in several regions of Chile, including the Atacama, Coquimbo, Valparaíso, and the Metropolitan Region. A unique facet of Chilean Pisco lies in its use of Muscat grapes, evoking aromatic notes of rose, clove, lemon zest, and orange blossom.
Drinking Chilean pisco is typically done as a sipping spirit or in cocktails, of which I am particularly favourable to. So keen to share some recipes for this terrific spirit for you to try at home:
In celebration of Autumn, Chilean Pisco is launching a brand-new cocktail; introducing the Pisco Cerenza, a decadent, sweet cherry cocktail that serves as an ideal as a aperitivo, perfectly paired with charcuterie.
This cocktail is super easy to recreate at home and will not only impress friends and family but will immerse you in the rich Chilean heritage of Pisco.
How to make the Pisco Cerenza:
White Pisco – 35ml
Red vermouth – 25ml
Cherry liquor – 15ml
Maraschino cherry and slice of orange – to garnish
Take a lowball glass (tumbler) and add the white Pisco, Red vermouth, Cherry liquor.
Add cubed ice.
Top with soda and garnish with a Maraschino cherry and a slice of orange
If cherry isn’t your vibe, why not try the Pisco Punch, a fruity little number that will make any palate sing.
How to make the Pisco Punch:
White Pisco 50ml
Lemon juice 15ml
Pineapple juice 35ml
Vanilla syrup 10ml
Strawberry purée 10ml
Lemon wedge and a raspberry – to garnish
Add all ingredients, including the ice, to a cocktail shaker.
Pour the Pisco, lime juice and sugar syrup into a cocktail shaker or blender with the egg white and add a large handful of ice. Shake vigorously for 20-25 seconds or blend for 10 secs, then strain into 2 glasses. Add a few drops of Angostura bitters to the top of each cocktail, garnish with a lime slice and serve.
There are three Chilean Pisco brands currently available in the UK Aba, El Gobernador, Waqar which are available to buy from a variety of outlets including The Whiskey Exchange, Simply Wines Direct and Drink Finder.