Drinking in the Desert
Thank you Nick Biller for titling this post 🙂
The area surrounding Ica (the big city) and Huacachina (the mini oasis clustered around a green lagoon) is known for its Pisco bodegas.
As Peru is known for its national alcohol (pisco) and national drink (pisco sour), visiting this region is a li’l like being in the heart, or at least the liver of the country.
Pisco is a strong (about 45% alcohol content), distilled, grape brandy that has been made in Peru since the 1500’s- when the Spanish settlers made it in an attempt to get drunk more cheaply than they could on imported Spanish Brandy.
Good job “the Spanish” Pisco still works and is still cheap.