Food - Drink
The Refreshing Peruvian Cocktail Named After Fish Soup
By MICHELLE WELSCH
If you ever find yourself in Peru, you’ll likely encounter the infamous pisco sour, a cocktail made with pisco, Angostura bitters, egg whites, simple syrup, and citrus. If you’re not interested in downing egg whites, try the pisco chilcano, a light and refreshing cocktail named after a fish stew — no fish or eggs included.
The ingredients in a pisco chilcano don't need to be added, stirred, or shaken in any specific way, which means the drink can simply be served in a tall glass. Its components include ginger ale, lime juice, Angostura bitters, and pisco, which sets it apart from other Italian-Peruvian "Buongiorno" cocktails.
Chilcano, the fish soup the cocktail is named for, can bring even the most hungover drinkers back to life, so you might want to follow up a few glasses of pisco chilcano with a bowl of chilcano. It’s cooked with herbs, vegetables, and detoxing citrus, though it does take a minimum of two and a half hours to prepare.