Chilcano de Pisco- Ginger & Lemon Pisco Drink

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It’s been awhile since I shared a boozy drink with you guys and I figured the long weekend would be the perfect time to do some recipe testing.  The natural choice for the booze?  Pisco, a colorless grape brandy made in Peru that’s most commonly associated with Pisco Sours.

And that’s exactly what I had intended to make, but unfortunately the recipe is sort of tough to halve or quarter and I’m guessing that’s its a pretty strong drink since its primary ingredient is, you guessed it, pisco.  Since it was midday and I still had a lot of work to do and errands to get done, I went with this Chilcano de Pisco, a much lighter drink with ginger ale, a couple squeezes of lemon and a drop or two of bitters.

Well, it was a good 11th hour switcheroo.  I do love ginger and citrus combinations and this drink was no exception.  Feel free to use lemons or limes here… there doesn’t seem to be a consensus out there.  Probally because it’s great both ways?

Chilcano de Pisco- Ginger & Lemon Pisco Drink

Yield: 4 servings

Total Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

* 2 cups ginger ale
* 1/3 cup pisco
* 1 Tablespoon fresh lemon or lime juice
* 2-3 drops bitters
* crushed ice
* lemon or lime slices for garnish (optional)

Directions:

In a large jar, combine the ginger ale, pisco, lemon or lime juice, and bitters. Quickly stir to mix. Divide evenly among four glasses filled with crushed ice.

Note: the Whole Foods ginger ale that I used was basically colorless. Using a “regular” ginger ale will probably give you a slightly darker drink.

In a large jar, combine the ginger ale, pisco, lemon or lime juice, and bitters.  Quickly stir to mix.  Divide evenly among four glasses filled with crushed ice.

Note: the Whole Foods ginger ale that I used was basically colorless.  Using a “regular” ginger ale will probably give you a slightly darker drink.

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