Typical Peruvian Drinks


Pisco: The argument between Peru and Chile are many when it come to this subject, and no one really knows where the alcohol was first made, or who invented the pisco sour cocktail drink. Pisco is made from the distillation of white wine. The Peruvian pisco has a stronger flavor than the Chilean pisco, which has a high sugar content and a strong grape flavor. A pisco sour is a mixture of lemon juice, icing sugar, egg white and pisco.

Juices: Because of the large amount of fruit that is grown in the area you will find all kinds of new juices. We recommend star fruit juice, it is sweet and refreshing, and a very enjoyable drink to sip on as the sunsets in the Plaza de Armas in Arequipa. Chirimoya is also a popular juice, and we promise it tastes much better than the fruit looks.

Inca Kola: The drink of the Gods, this golden liquid is consumed all throughout Peru. It is the only national soft drink to outsell Coca-cola. It is a very sweet concoction tasting somewhere in the neighbouring of cream soda or bubble gum. The brand is so famous that you will enjoy returning to your own home country and spotting other travelers who also sport the Inca Kola t-shirt.

Té / Maté de Coca: It is a tea made with the coca leaf, (don't worry, you won't get high). It is often served when you first arrive at a hostel and truly helps if you happen to have one of those pounding headaches from altitude sickness. Many Peruvians chew the leaves in the back of their mouths a they walk around town or climb one of the many Andean mountains. It is completely legal in Peru, and a bag is an incredibly inexpensive purchase, although it does not offer the most pleasant taste.

Chicha: The fermentation of all different kinds of products can be made into Peruvian chicha, although corn seems to be the most popular. It is commonly drunk by Peruvians, although it isn't recommended for tourists just passing through, the alcohol content varies largely as the drink is normally homemade and sanitation doesn't seem to be a primary concern in the process.

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Last Updated: 11 June 2014
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