One of the greatest pleasures of travelling the world is discovering new food and drink that you can’t get at home. Just like its unique and delicious cuisine, Peru has a whole host of adult beverages that are popular with the natives, but will make a surprising change of pace for most tourists looking to try something new. If you’re planning on visiting Peru, don’t leave the country without trying one or two of these great Peruvian drinks.
Pisco is a popular alcoholic drink in Peru and Chile, made by distilling grape wine into a high-proof brandy. If Kentucky is bourbon country, then Lima is the spiritual home of pisco. Like most hard alcohols, pisco can be drank straight, or made into a mixed drink. The most popular mixed drink of this kind is pisco sour, which includes egg whites, ice, bitters, and lemon juice. Pisco sour is considered by many to be the national drink of Peru, and no trip to the country is complete without drinking at least one.
The best way to describe Inca Wasi would be to call it the Peruvian run and coke. It’s a mixed drink that combines pisco with Inca Kola, a popular soda that’s enjoyed all over Peru but is barely found in the northern hemisphere. The full recipe also calls for sweet wine, bitters, a slice of lemon, and a bit of chuchuhuasi, an extract from the tree of the same name that is used to cure back pain. All of this is mixed together in a glass with ice, and is a perfect way to cool down on a hot summer day. Just be sure to drink moderately – Inca Wasi can have a strong kick if you’re not careful.
Chicha is a drink with a long history in Peru. It was originally made by the Incas and used during rituals; archeological research has found evidence that mills in Machu Picchu were able to produce large quantities, indicating that it was probably widely enjoyed when that city was still flourishing. Today, traditional Peruvian chicha is only made in a few places, making it a rare treat that’s not to be passed up. Traditionally, chicha was made from yucca, maize, or manioc root, though the modern, more widespread version is made from purple corn.
Those tourists who love to drink high end American beer at home should be sure to try a glass of Cusqueña. Beer is easy to find in Peru, and has the same range of quality that you can find in the U.S. Other popular types of beer are Cristal, popular at sporting events and parties, and Pilsen, which pairs well with Peruvian seafood. But if you want to enjoy a high quality craft beer worthy of being held up against the best brews in the world, Cusqueña is the way to go.
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