You have probably heard about the Peruvian Pisco Sour, the drink that inspired these cupcakes. But you may not have heard about the refreshing Peruvian Chilcano. There is not a lot written about the origins of the Peruvian Chilcano. It is said to be mentioned in a few literary works, such as “Búsqueda” by Augusto Tamayo Vargas (1953) and “Conversación en la Catedral” by Mario Vargas Llosa (1969). Given this, the Peruvian Chilcano must have not only come into existence prior to this, but become popular enough to mention by name.
The name…where did the Peruvian Chilcano get it’s name. The story behind that is froth with imagination. Many conclude that the drinks origins are from Chilca Beach, just south of Lima. One tale includes a bartender in Chilca with the last name of Cano, thus creating the “Chil-Cano.” The “Chilcano” soup was something eaten long before the drink was created and is said to be a great hangover cure…maybe the the soup was the cure for the ailment caused by its namesake?
The first “Semana del Pisco” was held in 2010 championed by reporter Manuel Cadenas, Pisco specialists Lucero Villagarcía and Ricardo Carpio as well as chefs such as Israel Laura, as a way to promote the lesser known drink and the Peruvian Pisco that it features. The “Semana del Pisco” strives to educate about quality Pisco as well as increase the Pisco consumption at both a national and international level.
Now in it’s fourth year, the “Semana del Pisco” is celebrated in several areas of Peru during the week of January 11-17th. Dozens of restaurants and bars offer special prices and 2×1 deals. Participating establishments can be found by visiting the “Semana del Chilcano” Website. Of course, you can plan to visit any one of these restaurants during the Peruvian Chilcano Week or you can make you very own Peruvian Chilcano at home!
The Peruvian Chilcano is ridiculously easy to make and tasty to drink. It is a simple mixture of pisco, lime juice and ginger ale, served on the rocks.
- 2 ounces Peruvian Pisco
- 1 tablespoon fresh squeezed key lime juice
- 3 drops Bitters
- 4 ounces ginger ale
- Fill a 10 ounce glass with ice cubes. Pour the pisco over the ice and add the lime juice. Splash in the bitters and then fill the remainder of the glass with with ginger ale.
The Peruvian Chilcano de Pisco is part of the 101 Reasons to Eat in Peru series.