Peru is home to some of the world’s favourite food and beverages, with amazing non-alcoholic and alcoholic Peruvian drinks to sample. You’re probably familiar with Pisco Sours, but what about Don Alfredos or Cremolata? There’s a lot to enjoy here!
If you can’t visit here right now, you can still learn more about how the must-try coffee styles, tea, sodas or what cocktails locals are ordering in bars – and maybe even try making some of these authentic tipples at home!
Popular Peruvian Drinks
1. Pisco Sour
Pisco Sour is the national drink of Peru and it even has its own National Holiday! This sour, tangy cocktail is celebrated on the first Saturday in February.
This drink is relatively easy to make. Peruvian Pisco is the base liquor, and you then combine this with lime juice, syrup, ice, egg white, and Angostura bitters.
This delicious Peruvian drink is a mix of purple corn with pineapple skin, cinnamon, cloves, and sugar. Purple corn or Maiz Moradais is native to Peru, making it super unique!
This corn has a long history and apparently dates back to the creation of the Inca Empire. Besides the unique colour, Purple corn has many health benefits such as fighting diabetes, obesity, cancer, and more.
Recipe is by Smart Sexy Paleo.
3. Inca Kola
Inca Kola is a yellow fluorescent colour soda that is super sweet and tastes like bubblegum.
It is one of the most popular non-alcoholic Peruvian drinks, it is similar in taste to the American Mountain Dew, but the famous Inca Kola is not so sweet.
This drink is sold on the street, especially during wintertime, and it’s served warm. It is said that Emoliente has healing powers because of its ingredients such as herbs, barley, dried horsetail, linseeds, alfalfa sprouts, and plantain leaves.
This beverage is rich in flavour and is sure to boost your body during the cold season.
5. Chicha de Jora
This traditional and famous drink originated from the Andes. It was consumed during the Inca Empire times especially at religious festivals.
This type of beer is made from Jora corn, this specific yellow corn can be found in the Andes. This tasty and refreshing beer has a mellow taste and it can sneak up on people, so be careful… Don’t drink too much or you’ll feel pretty tipsy!
Photo via cevicheconcalle
Don Alfredo is a popular Peruvian cocktail with a combination of pisco, elderflower liqueur, lime juice, and soda water.
This refreshing cocktail only gained popularity by the end of 2012. Today, you’ll find it in most of the countries that have access to pisco and elderflower liqueur.
Recipe is by Cocktail Builder.
Cremolada is a fusion of ice and fruit juice which is more pulpy than icy.
It comes in a load of exciting flavours to choose from. This refreshing frozen fruit drink is super popular during the hot summer months. It’s perfect for cooling down in the heat.
Photo via jamaenruta