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  1. 1. Drinks that Go Down Easy and Give You A Tasteof Peru: Alcoholic Drinks to Try In Peru.For some who dream ofPeru, Pisco Sour is probably the national drink of Peru and the taste of a Piscosour fills it’s gift to the world. their mouth. Thename is a derivative of aQuechua word. It is a mix of lemon juice, ice, egg whites and Angostura bitters. Theliquor is Peruvian Pisco-and it can be made with both lime or lemon. It came from Peru’scapital Lima and was invented by an American bartender in the early part of thetwentieth century.If you have the time to go by Morris’ Bar where the drink was created then you will be infor a treat. There you will take a sip in the place where the Pisco sour was invented. Ofcourse, there has been some discourse between Peru and Chile on who invented it. Butthe world agrees it was invented in Lima. It’s the national drink here and was spread inthe 1930’s as the most popular drink in California. Chances are you may have already
  2. 2. had one-but in Peru it’s part of the pastime and if you try one here it may be a little bitjuicer.When you travel to Peru the first thing you will notice is how freely in some towns thealcohol flows. It’s impossible to say no when you have a crowd of people jeering andoffering you a taste. Caja is a beer in Peru, it arrives in crates and is a popular socialdrink.When you order a round they bring you it with two small glasses. That is, one fordrinking and one for spitting. They toast and then the beer is poured over and over untilit is gone and when all that remains is the suds of the bottle; they pour that into the spitcup and offer it to the next person.Another traditional drink in Peru is called Chicha. This is made from the Aminoc root oryucca root and is associated though with maize. It’s made at home in the Andesmountains. Each area uses a different product to make Chichi.The ancient Inca used the drink for rituals and there has been evidence found of mills in Machu Picchu; where researcher believe theChichi-Traditional Peruvian drink drinks were made in mass quantities. Themade wit traditionally prepared drink is disappearing from the country. Only a small handful of towns are still making it. But the point is they are still making it! In the southern region you can buy it still. It’s sold in “chicherias” which is usually an empty room at a persons house. You can easily identify them-look for a bamboo pole that has red flags and flowers on it. It is sold in a caporal to be ingested on site. You can buy a liter and take it home as well. People love it, say it reduces blood pressure and it is mixed with other things to make a variety of drinks. Did you know that Peru is the country to have Coca tea? Not like hot cocoa, it’s literally made from pure cocaine leaves, but they use it for medicinal properties. So while this is not an alcoholic drink it certainly has a kick as well. The rich green leaves are still chewed by locals to help them absorb oxygen in the high Andes Mountains. They also say it stops altitude sickness in its tracks. Most people have no interest in chewing these leaves, unless they areused to the flavor. That may be why thePeruvians created the tea, which has a lot ofsugar and a lot of cocaine. It’s something that most
  3. 3. travelers partake of in large quantities while they are there. Just make sure if you have to go back to the states that you do not have to take a drug test. Besides these hard liquors and beer, Peru produces it’s own versions of wine. Pisco is another item, a traditional brandy that is the staple of the sour cocktail we talked about earlier. It was planted by the Spaniards int he 17th century and according to legend the Spaniards named it Pisco. Thus, the Peruvians keep that traditional alive. If you can think of any more interestingly alcoholic drinks to try in Peru, then let us know. Sampling Peru will never be a disappointment. Just remember if you get involved in a group of people youCoca Tea, made from the leaves of will have to have more than a sip of alcohol. You mightthe cocaine plant, are used to reduce in fact find yourself drinking an entire bottle.altitude sickness and absorb oxygenin the high mountains.