Since 2003, Peru’s National Drink, the Pisco Sour, has its own day of celebration. Each year on the first Saturday in February, the country pays tribute to its most popular cocktail with the “Día Nacional del Pisco Sour” (National Pisco Sour Day). This year the holiday will be celebrated on Saturday, February 1st.
Pisco Sour is not only part of the Peruvian culture and the pride and joy of every Peruvian, but an official National Cultural Patrimony, an object possessing continuing cultural, traditional, or historical importance to the heritage of a group. Every bar and restaurant in Peru serves it and Peruvians drink Pisco Sour whenever there is something to celebrate, whether getting together with friends or to welcome visitors.
On Pisco Sour Day the famous drink is celebrated throughout the country, but most festivals and festivities take place in Lima and the Pisco producing regions in the south of Peru. The celebrations usually include festivals and parties, music performances, concerts, gastronomic fairs, Pisco Sour tastings and competitions as well as special events in restaurants, bars and hotels.
Some of our properties in Peru are getting into the spirit of this celebration by offering their own delicious Pisco cocktails, a delightful Peruvian interpretation of our liquid art initiative bringing in a taste of the locale – available throughout Sonesta.
The recipe for a classic Pisco Sour includes:
3 oz of Pisco
1 oz of sugar syrup
1 oz of lemon juice
½ ounce of egg white
3 drops of angostura bitters
Combine Pisco, sugar syrup, lemon juice, and egg white with ice in shaker and shake for about 15 seconds. Serve by straining the drink, garnish with angostura bitters and a slice of lemon.
The secret of a good Pisco Sour is to make it with a lot of passion!
Sonesta Hotel Cusco adds a special touch to their Pisco Sour! The torch is used to lightly burn basil that generates a fragrant smoke, giving the drink a smoky taste.
To celebrate, the hotel is offering a variety of Sours derived from Pisco Sour:
– Chicha Sour, made with purple corn, the native corn of the region
– Coca Sour, made with macerated coca leaves
– Strawberry Sour, with strawberries
– Maracuyá Sour, made with passion fruit, citrus fruit
– Pisco Sour Classic
Enjoy a classic Pisco Sour with a view!
Ready to experience some of the traditions of Peru? Visit the Sonesta website to learn about destinations and to book your stay.