10 Drinks You Must Try in Peru

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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.

The Foamy and Frothy Pisco Sour (Photo: Flickr)

2. Chilcano

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.

Cooling Chilcanos (Photo: Facebook Public Photo)

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.

Chilling Chicha Morada (Photo: Facebook Public Domain)

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.

The Coca-Cola of Sodas in Peru (Photo: Facebook Public Domain)

5. Emoliente

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 Healing Emoliente (Photo: Facebook Public Photos)

6. Cremolada

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.

This Summer Treat Comes in Many Flavors! (Photo: Facebook Free Domain)

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.

Chicha de Jora (Photo: Facebook Free Domain)

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.

Artisanal Beers (Photo: Facebook Free Domain)

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!

No One Leaves Peru Before Trying This One (Photo: Facebook Free Domain)

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!

The Sweet Chocolate Taste With Pisco (Photo: Flickr)
(Cover Photo: Maria Alejandra Baraybar/Living in Peru)

What other Peruvian drinks do you love? Please leave your comment below!

 

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A native of Long Island, New York, Hope joins our team after finishing up her two year Peace Corp's service working in community-based environmental resource management in northern Peru and Master's degree in Environmental Studies. Passionate about life and living it beyond limits, Hope loves to teach and practice Yoga, cook healthy home-made recipes and explore the world with her loved ones.