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Pisco: Guide to Peru’s Signature Drink

Pisco: Guide to Peru's Signature Drink

If you’re looking for the perfect bottle of Pisco, you’ve come to the right place. Pisco is the national spirit of Peru with its unique blend of flavours and high alcohol content making it one of the world’s most unique drinks. Traditionally, it was stored in clay jars and distilled in specific ways.

In 1630, Francisco de Caravantes described the clear drink as having an exquisite taste. Today, Pisco is made in several ways, each with its distinct flavour and aroma. Let’s delve in the ultimate guide to the classic cocktail of Peru i.e., the Pisco.


Around 400 years back in the South of Lima, Ice valley, a drink was produced for the first time which is a clear grape brandy. Also, Pisco is one of the oldest grape-based distillates in the Americas.

Peruvian Pisco drink

What is Pisco? 

First, Pisco is a type of brandy made by distilling wine. Initially, it was sought after in the 16th century as an alternative to the native orujo. Similarly, cognac and Armagnac are produced in Chile and Peru.

There are many types of Pisco, but the one you’re most familiar with is the one from Peru. But you may be wondering, what’s so special about this South American drink?

What Makes Pisco Distinct? 

A fermented grape juice (called “must”) is used to make Pisco. Although it is similar to cognac, Pisco is much more pronounced and has a more robust flavour. It’s classified as brandy because it’s made from wine. But the alcohol content is high, and unlike cognac, Pisco is distilled in copper pots. It never goes through wood-ageing, and it contains as many as eight varieties of aromatic grapes.

The process of making Pisco is complex, but with a bit of knowledge, you’ll be able to find the perfect blend. Also, in the manufacturing of Pisco, no red grapes are used instead white and grey grapes are preferred. You can drink it neat like Armagnac or try it mixed with other drinks. However, you can enjoy it with friends. It’s the perfect way to celebrate your trip to Peru!

Debate on the Origin of Pisco 

The origin of Pisco is a matter of debate. While Chile and Peru both claim that the drink originated in the port of Pisco in southern Peru, the discussion tends to focus on the exact place it was first made and when it was formally recognized as a Peruvian wine.


Whenever you get a chance to visit Peru, just don’t forget to ask for Pisco in the bars!

Peruvian Pisco drink

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