Cocktails

Pisco Sour Nikkei

Pisco Sour Nikkei

Pisco Sour Nikkei

Without question, the Pisco Sour is my favorite cocktail. I tell my friends that it is for sentimental reasons, but what I am really referring to is that I had my first Pisco Sour when I was 10 years old. And whether we are celebrating National Pisco Sour Day on the first Saturday of February or not, I often find myself experimenting with Pisco Sour variations.

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Kon-Tiki Punch

Kon-Tiki Punch

Kon-Tiki Punch

Of all the stories I learned in my grade school History and Geography classes, perhaps the most memorable was that of the Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl. He wanted to prove that it was possible for Incas to have sailed to Polynesia using balsa wood rafts, and in 1947, with a crew of five men, he built such a raft and made the 5,000 mile journey across the Pacific Ocean. The name of the expedition was the Kon-Tiki, and this Pisco cocktail tells its story.

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Pisco in the Time of Cholera

Pisco in the Time of Cholera

Pisco in the Time of Cholera

For a long time, I’ve been wanting to make a Pisco cocktail to honor one of my favorite novels, Love in the Time of Cholera, by Gabriel García Márquez. In the story filled with magical realism and the fate of unrequited love, one of the most dramatic proclamations is made by Fermina Daza when she accepts Florentino Ariza’s wedding proposal circa 1880 with these words:

Very well, I will marry you if you promise not to make me eat eggplant.

And from those words, a challenge was born — to make a Pisco cocktail using eggplant that even Fermina Daza would fall in love with.
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