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Forget About Gin - This Is The New Spirit We'll All Be Drinking On A Night Out

By Sarah

July 1, 2017 at 2:22pm


Ordering the same drink every single weekend is grand n' all, but don't you want to try something a little bit different? A little more, shall we say, exotic?

Oh yes. Of course you do you sesh cretin.

This is where a glorious spirit that hails all the way from South America - Peru to be exact, although Chile also claims host to the drink - comes into play. You'll be singing the praises of 'Pisco' before the month is through, 100%.

Pisco is a colourless or yellowish-to-amber colored brandy, which means its been fermented from grapes and is produced in Peru in copper stills. It's bottled at its natural strength too, coming in at about 40% - pretty hefty.

Ok... But what does it taste like?

Peruvian pisco can actually be made from eight different grapes, including aromatic and non-aromatic styles, so the flavours vary quite a lot, but do all have one thing in common: It always goes down smoother than it smells.

Most Piscos have fruity, appley-but-not-so-sweet notes, and can be drinken straight or as a mixed drink.

If you like whiskey or tequila, then you will LOVE this, as it's sort of like a less harsh version of the two. 

I first came across Pisco based cocktails in Tulum in Mexico, and ever since then I've thought of it as the ultimate summer spirit.

What Pisco cocktail should I order?

There's loaaaads of different jazzed-up cocktails and funky ways to mix this spirit, but there's four main classics that you should defo start working your way through.

The Pisco Sour

2 ounces pisco
1 ounce fresh lime juice
1 ounce simple syrup
1 ounce egg white
Angostura bitters

Pisco Punch

2 ounces pisco
1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice
3/4 ounce pineapple simple syrup 
3/4 ounce simple syrup
1 dash orange bitters

El Capitán

2 ounces pisco
1 ounce sweet vermouth
2 dashes Angostura bitters

The Chilcano

2 ounces pisco
1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
1/4 ounce fresh ginger juice
3/4 ounce simple syrup
ginger ale
Angostura bitters

Several places in Dublin city currently serve Pisco at the bar, including 777, The Exchequer, The Liquor Rooms, and the Vintage Cocktail Club.

You need to try this if you haven't already. 

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