Sunday, September 18, 2016

Drink like it's 1810

Celebrate Chilean Independence

Looking for an excuse to imbibe with friends? Or maybe you need a new drink in your rotation? Perhaps your summer travel plans didn't pan out? Take a trip without leaving home—celebrate Chilean Independence Day with a pisco cocktail.

Pisco Chile has teamed up with exceptional mixologists across the country to create the perfect cocktails for Chilean Independence Day, which is September 18th—the day in 1810 when the road to independence from Spain began.

Chilean Pisco is a distilled spirit made from grapes grown under the clearest skies in the world and irrigated by the snow-capped Andes. The result is clean, expressive and versatile, allowing it to be enjoyed in an unlimited number of ways.

Like their pisco, Chileans take their independence day quite seriously. The weeks leading up to “fiestas patrias,” or “national parties,” is a constant celebration, with dancing, drinking and music—a celebration as much about national pride as it is about family, friends, food, music and revelry.
With these Chilean celebrations and traditions in mind, Andrew Seymour of Viktor and Spoils, Josh Perez of Booker and Dax and Jason Littrell of Jbird and Death and Co. created libations meant to capture the spirit of Chilean Independence as well as excite the senses and provide a welcome relief from the September blues.

La Serena Sour

Josh Perez, Booker and Dax

1.5 oz Chilean Pisco
.75 oz lime juice
.75 oz orgeat
1 egg white
Topped with .25 oz to .5 oz float of Chilean white wine

Shake all ingredients, except for the wine, with ice. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Float the Chilean white wine on top (this can be done by pouring the wine slowly over the back of a barspoon).

“The fun thing with this drink is that it can change slightly based on the Pisco, wine, or even orgeat that you use.” –Josh Perez, Booker and Dax


Andrew Seymour, Vicktor and Spoils

1.75 oz Chilean Pisco
.25 oz Grand Marnier
.25 oz Green Chartreuse
.25 oz Amaro CioCiaro

Combine all ingredients in a large mixing glass with ice. Stir thoroughly to chill. Strain over a large cube of ice in a rocks glass. Garnish with a wide orange peel.

Pisco y Tamarindo

Jason Littrell, Jbird

2 oz Chilean Pisco
4 oz Jarritos Tamarindo
Pinch of salt
Squeeze of lime

Pour Pisco and Jarritos in a highball glass over ice. Add pinch of salt and squeeze of lime. Swirl and garnish with a lime or orange.

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