The Spirit(s) World – Pisco Porton
Porton is crafted in small batches by hand using traditional artisanal distilling methods to create the best expression of Peru’s national spirit, Pisco. It dates to 1641 when Philip IV, the king of Spain, decided to heavily tax the annual grape harvest, and his subjects decided to distill it and dodge the tax.
Pisco refers to the port from which it was exported and means ‘bird’ in Quechua language. Peruvians declared it their native spirit.
A wide variety of recipes is available on the website, http://www.piscoporton.com/recipes/creative/porton-1684
• 2 oz Portón
• 1 oz fresh lime juice
• ¾ oz agave nectar
• 1 slice of jalapeño
• 1 sprig of rosemary
In a shaker add lime juice, agave, jalapeño, and rosemary. Muddle. Add Portón and ice, shake gently and strain into a short glass over ice. Garnish with a slice of jalapeño and rosemary.
This year, Pisco has a new brand ambassador who’ll be touring to work with trade. Natalia Cardenas, former IL chapter president of the US Bartenders Guild. Watch for her as she visits new markets.