July 28, 2021
Hola Badass Chicas!
So grateful to you for joining our newsletter and having access to the goods ahead of this week’s episode. Episode 3 lands on July 28, 2021, el veinte y ocho del Julio, Peruvian Independence Day! This year, Peru is celebrating it’s 200th year of being an independent nation.
To have you ready for the day, we wanted to share some favorite beverages that you could have for the celebration. The most popular beverage is the Pisco Sour (Pee-skō), a luscious alcoholic beverage that made from Pisco, lime juice, simple syrup and an egg white then shaken with gusto and ice and poured straight up in a coupe like glass. Pisco is derived from grapes, like a Brandy, but without the sweetness. Viva!
Pisco Sour Recipe
1-1/2 oz Pisco
1 oz Lime Juice
3/4 oz Simple Sour
1 egg white
Vigorously shake and strain contents in a cocktail shaker with ice cubes, then pour into glass and garnish with bitters. Serve straight up, without ice, in to an Old Fashioned or coupe glass.
If you want something more chill, without the alcohol, try the Chicha Morada drink. This tantalizing purple beverage is made from the purple corn, found in the Andes Mountains, with added fruit and spices. If you want to make this from scratch, you need time to purchase the special dried purple corn online. Viva!
Chicha Morada Recipe
1 (15 oz) bag of dried purple corn
16 cups water
3 whole cinnamon sticks
5 whole cloves
1 whole pineapple, diced (save peels)
1-1/2 cups sugar
1/2 c lime juice
1 apple, peeled and diced for finish
- Wash the pineapple to remove any debris from the skin. It’s best to use organic fruit to avoid contaminants. Peel the pineapple, putting them aside for the cooking.
- Dice the pineapple into small pieces to add later into the drink.
- In a large pot, add dried purple corn, water, cinnamon sticks, cloves, pineapple peels, and sugar. Place on high heat to reach a boil, then reduce heat to low and let simmer for 45 minutes.
- Remove the chicha from the heat. Place a large Pyrex bowl or other pot adjacent to it. Using a large strainer, pour the hot chicha through the strainer to collect all the solids.
- When the liquid is cool, add lime juice and chopped pineapple and apple as desired. Place in refrigerator to chill.
- Serve over ice in a tall glass. Garnish with a sprig of mint and slice of lime.
Of course, if you just need a quick fix with no time to spend making beverages, find the delicious Inca Kola in a Latin Market near you. In Los Angeles, the local Target stores carry it! This delicious soda can’t be missed in the aisles with its neon yellow color. Don’t let that stop you from giving it a try!
To me, it always tasted like bubble gum, super sweet and literally bubbly. But that’s what you need to cut through the spicy Peruvian dishes sometimes!