Melanie Asher of Macchu Pisco LLC
ON THE FIRST Saturday of every February, the Peruvian Government commemorates the Pisco Sour as the national cocktail with official celebrations. And this year it was celebrated Saturday, February 5. To kick off the festivities, the Embassy of Peru and Macchu Pisco LLC (www.macchupisco.com) hosted a Centennial Machu Pisco Sour Invitational to celebrate Peru’s National Pisco Sour Day and the “Year of Machu Picchu’s Centennial to the World” on Thursday, February 3rd at the Embassy in Washington, D.C.
2011 MARKS the 100th anniversary of Machu Picchu’s encounter with the Western World. In 2007 it was elected as one of the New 7 Wonders of the World. In celebration of the Pisco Sour, the Embassy of Peru and Macchu Pisco LLC invited DC’s top mixologists to compete for the Pisco Sour that captures the jubilee of the re-emergence of the iconic Inca citadel Machu Picchu to the world stage, with Rasika’s bartender Jason Strich and his Chi Cha Sour winning the top prize. While the Peruvian government recognizes the Pisco Sour as its national cocktail, it was American Victor Morris who created the drink in Lima in 1921.
A PRESENTATION OF the origins of the cocktail and a traditional preparation was also given at the Embassy celebration by the Embassy’s legendary bartender Marcelo Lazaro. Following the presentation delicious Peruvian tapas were served by Washington-area restaurant Cebiche House (http://cebichehouse.com), accompanied by the Pisco Sour creations of the evening.
Peru’s National Pisco Sour Day was celebrated at the Embassy of Peru in Washington on Thursday evening, February 3rd.