Cocktails: Chilcano

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Rompe Mar Chilcano cocktail with ginger and lemon garnish on a white tablecloth with an orange tree and white wall in the background


In the world of mixology, there are a handful of classic cocktails that have become household names – think of the timeless elegance of a Martini or the refreshing tang of a Margarita. However, what about lesser-known drinks that offer a unique and intriguing taste? “El Chilcano,” a cocktail that combines ginger ale’s effervescence with Pisco’s smooth richness, offers a new twist on traditional mixed drinks. 

The history of the Chilcano is fascinating, with its roots tracing back to Italy. Originally, the drink was known as the “Buongiorno,” a mix of Grappa, Ginger Ale, and lemon that was consumed as a hangover cure. Fast forward to the 1800s, when Italian immigrants brought their drinking traditions to Peru, and the Buongiorno had to be adapted to include a new ingredient: Pisco. 
The Chilcano was born from this fusion of cultures, and it quickly became a popular drink in Peru, particularly at friendly and informal gatherings. Its simple recipe of Pisco, Ginger Ale, and a splash of lime makes it an easy drink to prepare, while the refreshing taste makes it a hit with anyone who tries it.
While the Pisco Sour may be the most well-known Pisco cocktail, the Chilcano offers a unique and tasty alternative that will impress your friends at your next gathering. So next time you’re looking for a new cocktail, why not give the Chilcano a chance to impress your taste buds and show off your mixology skills?


60 ml of Rompe Mar Pisco

30 ml of ginger concentrate

Mineral water

A lemon




Fill a highball glass with ice, pour the pisco and ginger concentrate. Add a lemon slice, top with mineral water. Place a lemon zest and stir gently.