The Government of Peru and Macchu Pisco LLC to Celebrate National Pisco Day

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The Peruvian government & Macchu Pisco LLC announce the winners of the nationwide Centennial Macchu Pisco Sour competition in anticipation of National Pisco Day

On July 28th Peru will be celebrating National Pisco Day and this week the world over will be commemorating the 100th anniversary of American archeologist Hiram Bingham’s re-discovery of Machu Picchu. In anticipation of this centennial celebration, Macchu Pisco LLC partnered with the Peruvian government to launch a nationwide search for America’s most talented bartenders capable of creating liquid incarnations of this ancient Inca city that is one of the Seven New Wonders of the World (http://www.macchupisco.com)

The Centennial Macchu Pisco Sour Competition began at the Embassy of Peru in Washington, DC and from there it traveled to Boston, New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Las Vegas. As Melanie Asher, founder of Macchu Pisco LLC, explained: “All participants showcased the versatility of Macchu Pisco, a single-grape pisco made from the Quebranta grape, and parlayed their cocktail-making skills and creativity as they served up their own personal variations of Peru’s national cocktail, the Pisco Sour.”

Pisco has recently been called the fastest growing spirit category in the US, and this was shown by the numerous submissions hoping for a slot in the actual competition. Bartenders competed for a trip to Lima, Peru, courtesy of Avianca/Taca airlines, where the final round of the competition will take place this fall (http://www.aviancataca.com). The grand-prize winner will not only be crowned the official “Centennial Macchu Pisco Sour” but its creator will win a trip to Cusco where he/she will stay at the 5-star Orient Express hotel, El Monasterio, and then travel onto Machu Picchu itself aboard the Hiram Bingham train (http://www.monasteriohotel.com)

Over the course of 4 months, mixologists had a chance to let their creativity come to life as they created cocktails featuring Macchu Pisco which was awarded a 95-point score and deemed the “Extraordinary” choice for classic pisco cocktails at the Ultimate Cocktail Challenge. Finally, the judges selected selected only one participant whose winning cocktail embodied superlative taste, optimum presentation and the utmost creativity in celebrating Machu Picchu and Inca culture. The winners to represent each of their cities are:

DC: Jason Strich of Rasika Restaurant. Cocktail: Chicha Sour
Boston: Naomi Levy, Eastern Standard. Cocktail: Inti Offering
New York: Thomas Waugh of Death & Co. Cocktail: Peachy Pachacuti
San Francisco: Jessica Maria of Hotsy Totsy. Cocktail: Urubamba Sour
Los Angeles: Zach Patterson of STK. Cocktail: Chicha Fizz
Las Vegas: Wendie Hodges of Fusion Bar, The Palazzo. Cocktail: Spirit in Amber

To round out to 7 winners representing each of the Seven Wonders of the World, at Tales of the Cocktail Macchu Pisco announced the Consulates’ choice of an at-large winner who will be joining the 6 named above: Virginia – Clinton Terry of PX Bar; Cocktail – Tusan.

Lizzie Asher, president of Macchu Pisco, noted: “For everyone who cannot make it to Peru to join the festivities, for the next month Peru's magic can be found at a bar near them since all the winning venues will be featuring their prized cocktails, or variations, on their menus.”

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