Andean Dusk

I haven’t crafted cocktails with Pisco in a while. Until I found Andean Dusk, which brought reminiscences of my Andean adventures.

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Glacier Sunset and Glacier Sunrise

While the allure of classic cocktails is eternal and invigorating, there are moments when you yearn to usher in something fresh and novel. It was during my summer sojourn amidst the magnificent glaciers that inspiration struck, birthing a new cocktail concept. As the recipe fine-tuning progressed, this newfound libation spontaneously bifurcated into two distinct yet harmonious creations: the Glacier Sunrise and the Glacier Sunset.

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Pisco Sour

My first encounter with the Pisco Sour occurred in the vibrant country of Chile, where this cocktail is ubiquitously served, and it still evokes fond memories of my South American adventures. The Pisco Sour reigns as the most beloved cocktail in South America, yet it stands at the center of a spirited debate between Peru and Chile, just like its core spirit – Pisco (for more insights on Pisco, delve into this article).

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Glass and bottle of Pisco

Recollections of my recent trip to South America bring to mind pisco, the renowned spirit of Peru and Chile. For a refresher on spirits and the distillation process, you can refer to my article Introduction to Spirits. An overview of South American viniculture is also available here.

Pisco is a type of brandy produced by both Chile and Peru, and it has been the subject of international disputes between these two countries.

In South America, viticulture began with Spanish colonists and their grapes in the mid-16th century. The continent boasts numerous regions conducive to winemaking, and with the experience brought by many colonists, winemaking began to thrive.

Peru’s wine production quickly reached such a scale that it began exporting wine back to Spain, prompting protests from Spanish wine sellers and attempts by the Crown to halt the exports.

However, the desire for spirits persisted. Imported brandy from Spain was prohibitively expensive,

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