The Spirits Of Latin America: What To Drink And Where.
Santiago, Pisco – While the great debate on whether pisco belongs to Chile or Peru has yet to be settled, there’s no questioning Chilean love for the local spirit. Pisco, a type of brandy comparable to grappa, can be distilled from three varieties of grapes: moscatel, torontel or Pedro Ximenez. “Pisco is no longer served as an aperitif or digestif,” Rodrigo Muñoz Miranda of Room 09 bar tells us. “Today, we see both classic and reinvented pisco cocktails.” The most popular? Pichuncho, Piscola, Piston, Catalina and, of course, the sweet Pisco Sour, with pisco, lemon juice, simple syrup, egg white and bitters. [Photo: flickr.com]