Know what’s awesome? Pisco. Need proof? Try a Lavender Pisco Sour (you’re welcome, by the way). What if, however, you’re in the mood for something gingery? Something a little more like a Moscow Mule? Then you’re in luck! Try a Portónero.

slicing limes

When Alice and I were adventuring in Peru, we fell in love with pisco. In fact, at a pisco tasting spot (of which there are many, but this one purported to be a museum of such things, so we couldn’t not) in Cuzco we got to try a good dozen. It was a tough job, but we were up to the task.

There we were able to pick up the subtle differences between individual piscos. The owner was so impressed with (let’s say our discerning palettes and descriptive ability, not our ability to down all of them, then get a cocktail afterwards) us that he asked if we were bar owners ourselves. Nope! Just discerning drinkers.

pisco portonmix with ice

One of the better piscos you can find? Pisco Portón. They’ve been making it longer than anyone — and if it’s survived and thrived since 1684 (making it the oldest distillery in the Americas), it’s good enough for us.

When our friends at Pisco Portón sent us a bottle, we wanted to introduce people to a different cocktail than a Pisco Sour. We love those (and encourage everyone to have at least one a week), but figured we’d take this opportunity to broaden horizons.

Enter the Portónero. This is one of those devilishly simple cocktails that are both easy to make and easy to drink. A two-fer for glory!

top with ginger beer

Here’s what you need: limes, bitters, pisco and ginger beer. Difficulty is low. I repeat, difficulty is low.

As I promised upfront, if you like a Moscow Mule, but want a little more character, then this is for you.

Now, grab yourself some pisco, get some limes and let’s head to Peru with the Portónero!

portonero and pisco porton

Recipe type: Drinks
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Serves: 1
  • 1 ½ oz. pisco
  • ½ oz. lime juice
  • 4 oz. ginger beer
  • 2 dashes bitters
  • Lime wedges
  • Glass type: Collins
  1. Add the ice to your glass.
  2. Squeeze the lime on the top of it.
  3. Yes, that’s fresh lime you lucky duck you.
  4. Add your pisco and bitters.
  5. Stir to make happy.
  6. Pour over your ginger beer.
  7. Give a quick stir to combine.
  8. Not too quick or too vigorous, don’t wanna lose all the fizz.
  9. Add some lime wedges.
  10. Garnish with another lime wedge.
  11. For Peru!