With a subtle hint of spice and fruit, and its gorgeous red-violet hue, this unique Chicha Morada and Pisco Cocktail is sure to delight at your next cocktail party or elegant summer soirée! And if you're looking for ideas, be sure to scroll all the way down. It's time for Progressive Eats (our virtual progressive dinner party)!
A Truly Unique Cocktail
Chicha Morada and Pisco Cocktail combines 3 separate and distinct components into 1 easy-sipping adult beverage. You'll need:
- PISCO! (More on this if you keep reading)
- Dry (white) vermouth or Cocchi Rosa
- My homemade Chica Morada or buy it on Amazon
- Ginger Simple Syrup from this recipe or buy it on Amazon
- Optional garnish - lime twist and/or pineapple chunk
A Bit About Pisco
IN the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. But after such hard work, he was thirsty. And thus could think of nothing better than to create the grape and, from its fruit, make a fine spirit. He called it PISCO. And he saw that it was good. And it became the elixir of other gods. Later, he continued to entertain himself creating the animals, plants and the rest of the world.
Pisco is Peruvian. Trust me. Chile claims pisco, but their standards do not produce the elixir of the gods we've come to know and love in Peru.
Finding Pisco in the US is not the "wild goose chase" it once was, although you may not find a large selection of brands. Having done 3 month-long trips to Peru, we have had opportunities to taste many brands; for purposes of this cocktail, whatever brand you are able to find will be fine!
One of our first stops when landing in Cuzco is the Museo del Pisco. You'll find a lot of interesting information on their website...
About Chicha Morada
If you follow Beyond Mere Sustenance, you may have seen a very recent post for Peruvian Chicha Morada (aka purple corn drink)? In short, chicha morada is the quintessential non-alcoholic beverage of Peru. Of course it's best when made "in house!"
My recipe for Peruvian Chicha Morada may require either ordering dried purple corn from Amazon, or doing some major shopping. With an Instant Pot, you can make a batch in about an hour that will provide about 5-6 cups of the lovely liquid for drinking over ice or included in other recipes.
I am currently working on a recipe for a traditional Peruvian Mazamorra Morada Pudding - a warm pudding with subtle spice and garnished with fresh fruit. I hope to play with a frozen ice cream or sorbet before the summer is over. 😃
Making a Chicha Morada Pisco Cocktail
Whether your ingredients are homemade or not, gather them along with a cocktail shaker and a jigger (or similar).
After adding ice to the shaker, add the pisco, vermouth or Cocchi, and ginger syrup. Shake vigorously for a slow count of ten. Strain into a coupe or martini glass, and garnish as (or if) desired. Enjoy!
Imagine this stunning, unique cocktail at your next summer soirée! 🥂 And for even more inspiration:
Welcome to Progressive Eats, our virtual version of a Progressive Dinner Party. This month's theme is all about an elegant summer evening celebration, and our host is Barb who blogs at Creative Culinary. This event is celebrating five years of bringing together great cooks, concepts, and especially great food through the collaboration of Progressive Eats.
If you're unfamiliar with the concept, a progressive dinner involves going from house to house, enjoying a different course at each location. With Progressive Eats it's a virtual party. A theme is chosen each month, members share recipes suitable for a delicious meal or party, and you can hop from blog to blog to check them out. Come along and see all of the deliciousness we've put together for our celebration inspired dishes!