Thursday, November 22, 2012

Thanksgiving Cheer




Counted in the number of my days are some that end like this. Such loveliness is a striking reminder of the gifts that I have been given and I am very thankful for the beauty and warm friendship that surround me. I hope this Thanksgiving finds you pleasantly stuffed and sitting at the table surrounded by family and good friends. Have a wonderful holiday. Blessings...Mary



We will be serving some Peruvian drinks today. The first is an alcoholic cocktail called a Pisco Sour. Pisco is a white grape brandy much loved in Peru. The cocktail is a bit like a whiskey sour and many consider it to be the national drink of Peru. I think you'll enjoy it. There are many ways to make this drink but the basic proportions should always remain the same. Add 3 parts pisco, 1 part simple syrup and 1 part fresh lime juice to a shaker jar. Then add an egg white, a dash of bitters and some ice and shake the daylights out of the mixture. When the drink is poured there should be a layer of foam on top of it. Here's a more formal recipe for you to follow.

Pisco Sour


Ingredients:

3 ounces pisco
1 ounce simple syrup
1 ounce key lime juice
1 egg white
Angostura bitters (2-3 dashes)
Ice cubes

Directions:

Mix pisco, lime juice, simple syrup, and egg white in a cocktail shaker. Add ice to fill, and shake vigorously. Strain into an old-fashioned glass, and sprinkle Angostura bitters on top of the foam. Serve immediately. Makes 1 large (8 ounce) cocktail or 2 small cocktails.



Inka Kola


We'll also be serving this non-alcoholic soda to those curious enough to give it a try. Peruvians love Inca Kola, a soft drink whose sales have bested both Coca-Cola and Pepsi in the Peruvian marketplace. National pride, flavor and cost allowed Inka Kola to dominate the soft drink market in Peru. Coca-Cola had to buy 50% of the company just to establish a foothold in the country. Some say the drink tastes like bubble gum. I think it tastes more like cream soda with a hint of lemon playing in the background. It is an acquired taste, but worth a try if you have the opportunity to sample it. It is available in some Latin markets.

16 comments:

Duncan D. Horne - the Kuantan blogger said...

Hi Mary,

Really hope you have a fabulous thanksgiving and many more successes to come!
Duncan In Kuantan

Tom said...

Happy Thanksgiving. I'm sure the food will be great at your place!

Foodycat said...

Cheers! They look like a great party starter. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family, Mary!

decocinasytacones said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you! Have a great time with all your family.
Love from Spain
Marialuisa

belleau kitchen said...

Happy Thanksgiving, much love, Dom x

Anne Regalado said...

Mary , just passing by to say , Happy Thanksgiving ! Enjoy and have a great time with your family !

Veronica Miller said...

Happy thanksgiving Mary! I don't drink but I'll toast you with my coffee. :)

Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen said...

Happy Thanksgiving and cheers from our house to yours.
Sam

Cranberry Morning said...

What a beautiful, beautiful photo! The water, the sky, the Cross! (It may have been inadvertent, but it grabbed my eye right away.)

Blessings on this Thanksgiving Day!
The Peruvian drinks look a lot better than those I knew in Bolivia in days gone by. :-)

Viviane said...

Happy thanksgiving to you and your family.

Dining Alone said...

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!

Guru Uru said...

Happy holidays my dear friend :D

Cheers
Choc Chip Uru

RSA Online Now said...

Happy thanks giving day there buddy! Cheers for the best!

mia xara said...

Hi Mary, hope you and your family enjoyed a very Happy Thanksgiving day!XOXO

Kim Garceau said...

Cheers to you, hope your having a fantastic and warming day! Happy Thanksgiving!

Big Dude said...

Hope you had a great Thanksgiving and that delicious menu you had planned turned out well

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