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Recommended liquor: So that you can start mixing your cocktails as soon as your box arrives, why not go get your bottle of Peruvian pisco now? Each of this month's featured bartenders has a recommendation for you! Any of them will work well for all three recipes found in this box, depending on your preference:
Nathan Dalton recommends Caravedo Mosto Verde, which is complex with enough power to shine through in a tiki drink. Its floral and warm spice notes play well with more subtle ingredients, and the hints of grassy herbs bring out the freshness. It’s handcrafted in small batches at Hacienda La Caravedo, the oldest distillery in the Americas (established in 1684).
Shaun Loughran says that in creating a pisco cocktail, he knows that there is no choice other than Macchu Pisco. This unique spirit is not only hand-crafted with a strong connection to tradition, but it's a well-received, friendly spirit that's an excellent choice for any cocktail connoisseur.
For Tara Heffernon, pisco is a highly underrated spirit, and she likes Capurro for its elegant, clean, excellent representation of the varietals in each expression, including the blend for the Acholado, which she says strikes the perfect balance of aromatics and texture that’s fantastic for these cocktails. Capurro Pisco Acholado is made from hand-harvested single estate grapes, which are gently pressed a single time, naturally fermented into wine, copper pot–distilled once to proof, rested, and then blended according to family tradition.
Recommended amount: To make all 12 drinks, you'll need 24 oz of pisco; a medium (750 ml) bottle will be your best bet.
Recommended barware: A few different jiggers that measure 1/4, 1/2, 2/3 (if you can find it) and 2 oz, as well as a strainer, shaker, bar spoon, mixing glass, fine strainer, and citrus reamer or juicer. Additionally, if your fridge doesn't have a crushed ice option and you can't get pebble ice at the store, you'll need to make your own and can use either a Lewis bag and wooden mallet or a Ziploc freezer bag and another blunt kitchen object, such as a pestle or rolling pin. These are not all strictly necessary, but will improve your mixology experience.
Recommended glassware: Rocks glass, a collins or highball glass, and a coupe
Recommended ice: To make all 12 cocktails in one go, you'll need about 5 pounds of ice (5 ice trays’ worth).
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