Haykuykuy to the Cabaret! We've travelled far and high here at the Cabaret, exploring the ancient beauty of the Andes mountains on a slow bus trek westwards across the South American continent. With no end in sight to the Anglo-German naval battles of the Atlantic we've decided on a more literally and figuratively Pacific route taking us first up the Rio de la Plata and then over the breathtaking Andes to our current digs in Lima. And we mean that breathtaking part quite literally: at over a mile high you just can't get enough oxygen to function! Thankfully the local Quechua have a solution: coca leaf tea, a mild stimulant that really opens up your breathing. Eat your heart out, coca cola!
Mr. Trippe, do your DC-3s have room for 42?
Thankfully we're back in the lowlands now, at the Hotel Bolivar in the beautiful oceanside city of Lima where we await transport of any kind. Though still recovering from a devastating quake, Lima is a city of color and fun with a plesant and lovely populous. And the only rocking tonight is here at the Cabaret, where local criollo musician Rómulo Varillas shows us how they swing in land of the Incas:
And what better to go with classic Peruvian music than a classical Peruvian cocktail? We talk, of course, about Mr. V. V. Morris' famous Pisco Sour, a delightful citrus drink based on the local grape-based Pisco spirit, named ultimately after the Quechuan word for "bird". Morris' Bar may have closed, but his fabulous drink has wings of its own, and is quickly becoming the signature drink of the Peruvian nation!
And beleive me, baby, a few of these can make anyone fly!
Pisco Sour Cocktail:
- 2 oz Pisco (or substitute Grapa)
- 1 oz lime juice or lemon juice
- 3/4 oz simple syrup
- 1 egg white
- Dash of Angostura bitters.
Shake well over ice (to foam egg white) and strain into an Old Fashioned glass. Garnish with lime or lemon wedge.