Pisco what now?

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It’s Valentine’s Day and I’m sick again.  So I’m here on the sofa drinking tea and watching Martha Stewart.  And for whatever reason I start thinking to myself, “Waterlily, we certainly have a lot of Pisco.”  Now what else can you do with Pisco that isn’t a Pisco Sour?  If you don’t know, Pisco is essentially a brandy made from grapes that is particular to Chile and Peru.  Kinda like champagne, there is debate about what can be called pisco, depending on the origin of the grapes.  According to Chilean law, for a spirit to be called pisco, it must be made from muscat grapes from particular regions of Chile (regions 3 and 4 to be exact).  Anything else will not be recognized as pisco.  Of course, don’t tell that to any Peruvians since there is an actual town called Pisco, which is the origin of the brandy.

After a trip through the kitchen, I came up with some rhubarb syrup, pisco, cognac, rum, and lime juice.  What I can up with is kinda like a Sidecar.  And since it’s Valentine’s Day, I christen this drink the Rhisco Kiss.  Here’s what you need:

  • 2 oz. Pisco
  • 2 oz. Rhubarb syrup
  • 1 oz. brandy
  • 1 oz. rum
  • juice of 1/2 lime
  • ice

Line the rim of a martini glass with some sugar.  Shake all ingredients in a cocktail shaker to combine.  Strain into the glass and drink up!

Rhubarb syrup
I just like to colors of the drink and the rhubarb syrup

Notes — I get a lot of my booze know-how from drinking experience and from the program Three Sheets.  It aired on the Mojo network a few years ago, and after that network went belly up, it made the rounds on several other channels.  I lost track of it after that, but what I liked about the show was that you got a chance to actually learn about different cultures, traditions, and the booze that they drink.  I’ve seen a couple of newer versions of the program, but they focus more on drinking than on culture.  I haven’t been as enamored about those shows as I am with Three Sheets.  If you get a chance check them out.  It’s on Hulu and YouTube and the like.  I’ll post a video of the Chilean show on my Facebook page, so go visit me there and like my page.  I’m up to five likes now!

Rhisco Kiss

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4 thoughts on “Pisco what now?

    sportsglutton said:
    February 16, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    Nothing like a little booze to rejuvenate the soul. I’m a huge fan of Three Sheets as well and proudly posses one of the original Steve McKenna’d shirts…not surprising for a glutton though. Sadly I haven’t found the new show Drinking Made Easy to be as good.

    Hope you’re feeling better.

      Jereme's Kitchen responded:
      February 17, 2012 at 2:58 pm

      i have a couple of the Mojo shirts as well. i even had a pleepleeus at one point, but my dogs like to eat things.

    theplumpalate said:
    February 20, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    I’ve never heard of pisco – I’m intrigued. Looks so delicious. Hope you’re feeling better!

      Jereme's Kitchen responded:
      February 20, 2012 at 11:41 pm

      thanks for visiting! and keep an eye out for pisco! ask your around at your local liquor shops for some info about it.

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