Pisco is more than just Peru’s drink of choice—it’s a source of national pride and a spirit with 400 years of history. For the unacquainted, this distilled, clear spirit is made only from grapes grown in the country’s desert-like Ica Region. For Peruvians, the most popular ways to consume pisco is straight-up or mixed in the citrus-tinged cocktail, pisco sour. For the best of both worlds, there’s master distiller Jose “Pepe” Moquillaza and mixologist Roberto Melendez (whose pisco sour is widely considered the world’s best). These two “liquid storytellers” proudly represent the past, present and future of pisco, the spirit of Peru.
This Great Big Story is a paid contribution by Peru.