Peru has been voted the world’s leading culinary destination for four years in a row, so it comes as no surprise that they would offer you an array of super tempting drinks both alcoholic and non-alcoholic.
In today’s post, we are going to take a quick look at some of the unique Peruvian drinks which would allow you to savor a truly local flavor.
1. Pisco Sour
This drink is made from Peruvian Pisco which is used as the base liquor and topped with egg white, lemon juice, ice, syrup and Angostura bitters. The secret of the recipe lies in the right proportion of the ingredients. Travellers in Peru simply cannot afford to miss the sensational experience of sipping on a Pisco Sour on a warm evening.
A lighter alternative to the Pisco Sour, the Chilcano makes use of the same ingredients as Pisco Sour- the only difference being the addition of ginger ale. For a delightful Chilcano experience make sure to head to the week-long Chilcano festival held in January.
3. Chicha Morada
This matchless drink is created out of Maiz Morado (purple corn in English) a corn grown in Peru which is remarkable for its numerous health benefits. Chicha Morada is a non-alcoholic beverage which is made by boiling the corn with pineapple peels and mixing it with cloves, cinnamon, and sugar.
4. Inca Kola
The most talked about non-alcoholic beverage of Peru, this one is a sweet fluorescent yellow soda which would remind you of the taste of bubble gum. This drink dates back to 1910 when a British couple in Peru opened up a store in Lima selling homemade soda. Often referred to as the “Pride of Peru’’, this carbonated drink is a perfect ending to a sumptuous Peruvian meal.
When you take a walk through the streets of Lima in the winters, you will often see vendors selling Emoliente – a refreshing drink which is also beneficial for your health. It comes with barley and a lot of herbs including flax seed, alfalfa sprouts, plantain leaves and dried horsetail. This weird tasting hot beverage is sure to boost your body in the cold season.
The Cremolada is a fusion of ice and fruit juice which is more pulpy rather than icy. It comes in a plastic cup with loads of exciting flavours to choose from. This refreshing frozen fruit drink is a bliss in the hot summer months.
7. Chicha de Jora
Unlike the Chicha Morada, the Chicha de Jora is an alcoholic drink from the Andes which traces its origin back to the Inca period. It is traditionally prepared by fermenting the Jora (a variety of maize) and comes with a slightly sour taste.
8. Peruvian Beers
Beer can be considered to be the favourite drink of Peruvians and you’ll have three major brands to choose from- Cusquena, Cristal and Pilsen Callao. Also, keep in mind that the micro-brewery scene is exploding here in the country, so definitely don’t miss- Sierra Andina, Barbarian Beer Company, and Cumbres, to name a few.
9. Mate de coca
Mate de coca or coca tea is a kind of herbal tea made out of the leaves of the coca plant. A perfect remedy for altitude sickness, this hot beverage comes with the typical taste of green tea. However, you need to keep in mind that even a cup or two of this drink would produce a positive result on a drug test for cocaine!
And last but not least…
10. Algarrobina Cocktail
With the dark syrup made from the Black Carob tree, this ingredient is not only famous in Peruvian cuisine and desserts, but it has happily made its way into a cold and sweet, oh so delicious cocktail!
(Cover Photo: Maria Alejandra Baraybar/Living in Peru)
What other Peruvian drinks do you love? Please leave your comment below!