Brandy from South America
Pisco is a brandy made in Chile and Peru from local grapes. When the Spanish settled in these areas in the 1500s, they brought with them their love of grapes. It was no time at all before they not only had vineyards planted, but were also creating fortified brandies from their grapes. This brandy is now one of the most popular drinks in this region.
In addition to drinking it straight like brandy, the locals also make a "pisco sour" which is the brandy with sour mix.
The name Pisco comes from the name of the container used to store the brandy in during the early years of its production.
Note that there are differences between how Peru and Chile make their pisco - and both claim they are the "authentic ones"!
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