Chilcano de Pisco: A Peruvian Brandy Cocktail

Chilcano de pisco

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  • Total: 5 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: serves 1

Not to be confused with chilcano de pescado (a fish soup), a chilcano de pisco is a refreshing cocktail made with pisco, a unique brandy produced in Peru. It's simpler to make than the well-known pisco sour - you just pour the ingredients over ice and they mix themselves.

Chilcanos are surprisingly good, for such a simple drink - the lime, pisco, and ginger ale blend into something new and better. Great on a hot summer evening.


  • 4 ounces ginger ale
  • 2 ounces pisco
  • 1/2 lime (or 1 tablespoon key lime juice)

Steps to Make It

  1. Fill an 8-ounce tumbler with ice cubes.

  2. Pour the pisco over the ice.

  3. Squeeze the lime juice into the glass.

  4. Fill the glass with the ginger ale.

  5. Enjoy!