When you look up Peru, one thing that regularly pops up is pisco! Peru is very well-known for its strong pisco and as a matter of fact, pisco sour is declared as the national drink of Peru! There’s even a National Pisco Sour Day in the country that is celebrated annually on the first Saturday of February. If you want to know the best places to try pisco and pisco sour in Peru, click here! Pisco is a colorless or yellow-ish brandy produced in Peru and Chile.
Pisco Sour is pisco with lime juice, syrup, egg white and Angostura bitters. Aside from this famous drink, there are many other Peruvian drinks that you should definitely know about and try too!
Chilcano is similar to Pisco Sour, but instead of syrup, one uses ginger ale. There are also variations with fruit juices such as passion fruit juice or lúcuma.
2. Chicha Morada:
Chicha Morada originates from Peru’s Andean region. This non-alcoholic drink is made with purple corn (maiz morado), pineapple, cinnamon, cloves and sugar all boiled together. It’s sweet and quite delicious, a must try when you are in Peru!
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3. Chicha de Jora:
This is a corn-based craft beer of Jora corn which is typically found in the Andes. Since it’s often locally brewed, those who make this drink are popularly known as “chicheros.”
4. Chicha de Frutilla:
This drink is basically Chicha de Jora but with blended strawberries and sugar added. The sweet strawberry flavor covers up the sour taste of the Chicha de Jora.
5. Mata de Coca:
If you’re on your way to Machu Picchu, you should definitely look out for this drink and try it. It’s a herbal tea made from the leaves of coca plants, to help with altitude sickness.
The leaves contain alkaloids – these are used to make cocaine, but not to worry! The quantities of alkaloids in the leaves are far too low for this to be at all dangerous (or illegal).
Another drink that can be used as medicine is Emoliente. This drink is made from roasted barley grains, medicinal herb extracts, sugar, and lemon juice. So when you are not feeling well, give this drink a try as a natural remedy!
7. “Jugo Especial”:
At some restaurants in Peru, you may see “jugo especial” on the menu. This is a fruit smoothie blended with 1 egg and Cusqueña Peruvian beer. It’s surprisingly delicious!
8. Machu Picchu:
This is an alcoholic drink containing pisco, orange zest, maraschino cherries, lemon, mint, ice and grenadine. The color of the drink will make you want to order it!
9. Inca Kola:
Last but not least, when you’re in Peru, you will see Inca Kola everywhere. It is the leading brand of soda drinks in Peru. It’s basically Peru’s version of Coca Cola but it tastes sweeter and has a yellow color.
These are just the most popular drinks in Peru, but there are many more. If you want to learn more and check out other Peruvian cuisines and desserts, download the local guide on TheBesty app. You can also use the app to book the best tours and activities, discover fun things to do, and find the guaranteed lowest prices on hotel bookings – all in Latin America.