Chilcano Week in Peru till January 19th

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Wednesday January 15, 2014
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From January 10 till January 19th, Peru is celebrating the fifth Chilcano Week. “Chilcano de Pisco” is a popular cocktail in Peru – not as famous as Piso Sour but still very nice .

Interesting fact is that no one really seems to know where Chilcano comes from, nor, what the word Chilcano actually means.

According to some, ‘chilcano’ comes from the town of Chilca, in the province of Lima. Chilcano is used for people or things originating in Chilca.

Other theories go a bit further, as for instance the Peruvian Pisco expert Manuel Cadenas. According to him, the name comes from a bartender from Chilca, named Cano. Cano + Chilca… Chilcano!

Another Pisco expert Soledad Marroquin claims that the cocktail was brought to Peru by an Italian inmigrant at the beginning of 1900 and that originally it was made of ginger ale and grappa.

Nobel Price winner for literatura Mario Vargas Llosa refers to chilcano in his famous “Conversación en la Catedral”, published in 1969. The first reference in Peruvian literature to Chilcanos seems to be made by the writer Augusto Tamayo Vargas,

in his novel “Busqueda”, from 1953.

Whatever the background of the chilcano exactly is, the main ingredient is definitely Peruvian: Peru’s most famous brandy made out of grapes called “pisco”.

How to prepare a decent Chilcano de Pisco? There are many variations of the standard recipe to be found on the internet but the main ingredients are always: pisco, lima juice and ginger ale.

The Chilcano Week hopes to contribute to the fame of pisco wirldwide; this year’s slogan is: “Conoce el Pisco, conoce el Peru” (Get to know Pisco, know Peru).

The Chilcano Week hopes to contribute to the fame of pisco wirldwide; this year’s slogan is: “Conoce el Pisco, conoce el Peru” (Get to know Pisco, know Peru).

There is even an oficial Chilcano Week website:http://www.semanadelchilcano.com/.

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