From Mad Men to The Great Gatsby, we can’t get enough of the good ol’ days. Whether it’s the way they dressed, talked, or drank, there’s something about early America that fascinates our collective mind.
One of the most popular drinks during the late 1800s and early 1900s was the Pisco Punch, which originated in San Francisco, CA. This three-ingredient drink makes it simple to add unique flavor, especially with the addition of a drink syrup.
History of Pisco Brandy
Before you can fully enjoy this toast to the past, indulge your senses to this historic backdrop:
The Gold Rush drew thousands of people to California in 1846, with cities like San Francisco booming dramatically in population. The quest to discover gold was unusually thirsty work. While the Gold Rush drew people from different cultures, the Pisco Punch united the gold diggers.
The recipe originated at a bar called the Bank Exchange, and was one of the biggest kept recipe secrets of its time. Now, however, the recipe for Pisco Punch is as readily available as quality drink syrup. And because the recipe is incredibly simple – only 5 ingredients! – it’s simple to add unique flavor to this classic drink.
Knocking back some Pisco Punch is a welcomed reminder of the rich history that the San Francisco area has to offer. Below is a classic Pisco Punch recipe that can be easily enjoyed on a warm summer day! (Recipe yields 4 servings.)
- pineapple slices
- Amoretti Premium Bubble Gum Syrup
- 1 pint of distilled water
- 24 oz. Pisco brandy
- lemon juice
Take the pineapple slices and cut them into small cubes that are no more than 1½ inches thick. Allow them to soak in gum syrup, which will add unique flavor in the drink. The premium ingredients in the gum flavored drink syrup will also ensure that the natural sweetness of the pineapple is preserved, despite the marinade.
As your pineapple chunks are soaking, mix 8 ounces of Amoretti Premium Bubble Gum Syrup with the water and Pisco Brandy in a large bowl. Add lemon juice to your personal taste – we suggest approximately 10 ounces for the perfect dose of tartness. Allow the mixture to cool in the fridge for 3 hours.
Serve in thin punch glasses and add the pineapple chunks as a tropical garnish. You’ll enjoy the refreshing taste, and how seamlessly the drink syrup adds unique flavor to this classic drink!
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