Several years ago I was a guest on a talk show featuring my cocktails; the topic was pisco. Pisco—a kind of grape brandy—was something I discovered when I lived in Peru (ah…you may have seen my post about Pisco Sours: the national drink of Peru). Turned out, I because the center—or central focus—of a controversy because of this South-American born liquor. This is because, and many of you may know this, both Peru and Chile claim pisco as their own. So, when I was a guest on the talk show, we had people calling in from all over the country—and arguing—claiming to be from the country of pisco. In the end, I said, “Can’t we all just say that the beauty of all this is that we’ve discovered Pisco, and that we all enjoy it!” (Whew! That taught me an interesting lesson about live call-in television!)
Well, not sure I sold them, but hopefully I’ll sell you! This drink—inspired by a visit to Chile in which I was treated to a similar concoction, combines fresh strawberries, wine, and of course, pisco! This, like sangría, is great with any small plate—like empanaditas and more! Hope you enjoy it!
Chilean Strawberry Pisco Punch
Adapted from Mambo Mixers, ©2005, Arlen Gargagliano (Photo by Dasha Wright)
Serves 4 to 6
1 cup strawberries, stemmed and sliced
1/2 cup superfine sugar, or to taste
3/4 cup pisco
1 bottle dry white or red wine (preferably Chilean), chilled
2 cups ice cubes.
Combine the strawberries with the sugar and pisco. Cover and refrigerate for an hour. Pour the wine into a pitcher filled with ice. Pour the pisco mixture on tip. Stir and serve immediately.