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PERUVIAN DRINKS: 27 BEST PERUVIAN BEVERAGES AND NON ALCOHOLIC DRINKS IN PERU

We will write about Peruvian drinks with the best 27 Peruvian beverages. There are also non alcoholic drinks in Peru like coffee that are a must to try like exotic drinks in Peru. Click here to book online Peru activities and day trips

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PERUVIAN DRINKS: 27 BEST PERUVIAN BEVERAGES AND NON ALCOHOLIC DRINKS IN PERU

PERUVIAN BEVERAGES: ALCOHOLIC DRINKS IN PERU

1. PISCO SOUR

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Pisco Sour is the National Drink in Peru. It is the most representative of their culture, and of course, its beginnings is native to the country of Peru. It even has its own holiday! This Pisco Sour national holiday is celebrated every first Saturday of February.

The Peruvian Pisco Sour is a mix of pisco brandy at its base (check Pisco no. 2 on drinks), with a mix of lime juice, syrup, egg white, and Angostura bitters. This drink can be served with or without ice, and has a mix taste of sweetness with a little tartness.

2. PISCO

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Pisco originated in Peru and Chile, and each has their own distinct flavors. It’s a type of brandy, and is the base for Pisco Sour. Peruano or Peruvian Pisco comes from variety of grapes, and is still made traditionally, but has a lot of places in Peru that uses machine to create them.

3. CHILCANO

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If you like the taste of Pisco Sour, but is looking for a drink that is not immediately too heavy, or will make you drunk easy (because trust us, Pisco and Pisco Sour have very high alcohol content), Chilcano is what the Peruvian locals drink. This is still Pisco, with ginger ale, lime, and angostura bitters. It’s much lighter and refreshing!

4. CAÑA ALTA

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Caña Alta is another popular spirit in Peru, and one of the top Peruvian drinks to try when you are in Peru. Caña Alta is usually made in Ollantaytambo, or in Sacred Valley in Cusco, at Destileria Andina. It’s a high quality, and clear, spirit from sugar cane. Try it if this is a drink of your liking.

5. ANISADA

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The keyword for this drink is Anis, which we have found is something Peruvians love to add to some of their main dishes, even bread! The Peruvian drink, Anisada is made in Curahuasi. This is a place in Peru where a lot of Anis is grown.

6. PERUVIAN WINE

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Just like Pisco, Peru has a lot of good and Peruvian-made wines. We were able to try one from Arequipa, and despite the sweet tone to it, it was actually really delicious and easy for drinking with meals.

7. BEER

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Beer is of course one of the drinks that you can get in Peru. The most popular beer brands are Pilsen Callao, Cusqueña, and Cristal. We definitely love Cusqueña and one of the favorite beers we’ve had in South American for sure!

8. CHICHA DE JORA

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This beer dates back to the ancient Incan times, considered one of the Incas favorite beer. Chicha de Jora has been part of the Incan rituals, and if you’re looking at alternatives to the traditional beer drink, you can check this out.

9. CAÑAZO

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Cañazo is Peru’s cane brandy, and definitely more on the stronger side of Peruvian’s alcoholic beverages, so make sure you relax when having these.

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10. CHICHA

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Chicha is a traditional Peruvian drink made from corn, quinoa and other grains.

11. CHICHA DE FRUTILLA

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A brother of Chica de Jora, Chica de Frutilla is the version which has added strawberries, making the beverage sweeter than its other version with a light pink color to it.

12. CHICA MORADA

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If you’ve seen purple drinks served in Peru, whether you are in a Peruvian household, or in local shops, served with your meals, this is the Chicha Morada. The drink in Peru to have, when you’re looking for a non alcoholic type of drink.

Chicha Morada comes from purple corns, and can also be used to create Peruvian desserts. Chicha Morada has a light fruity taste, resembling berries, and is an easy, refreshing drink on its own, or partnered with food.

13. EMOLIENTE / PERUVIAN TEA / PERUVIAN BARLEY TEA

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For warm drinks in cold Peruvian mornings, emoliente or herbal tea is common. You can have it as sweet or pure as you want, perfect for those mornings you’re not ready for coffee yet, or not wanting to start your morning with jugo or juices.

14. INCA KOLA

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While traveling in South America, we noticed the fancy people have for drinking soft drinks on its own, or with their meals and snacks. Although we are not the biggest fans of soda, we definitely tried some of the top sodas, to see why they love it.

Inca Kola is almost synonymous with water when drinking outside the home in Peru. A lot of people have them for refreshments. Compared to a regular soda, the InCa Kola has a lighter, almost bubble gum taste, and definitely on the sweeter side of things.

15. REFRESCO

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South Americans love their juices, and in Peru, you’ll see refrescos and homemade juices everywhere, especially served with your almuerzo (lunch) or senha (dinner). Definitely a great way to have some juice in with your food, and if you’re having a particularly hot weather, it’s the perfect drink. If it’s the winter, Peruvians usually serve their drinks hot.

16. LIMONADA / LIMONADA PERUANA

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Limonada is Peru’s take on Lemon tea. We have tried it a couple of times in Peru, and definitely love the freshness it brings!

17. COFFEE / PERUVIAN COFFEE

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Just like a lot of high altitude places in South America like Colombia, Peru is considered to produce good coffee. Coffee tastes varies depending on region, and whether you are tasting just the coffee beans or with mixtures of other aromas and fruits, but if you love coffee, Peru is definitely a good place to try.

18. CAFE CON LECHE

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Cafe con Leche in the mornings is always perfect. In Peru, they use evaporated milk to make their coffee creamier and tastier.

19. COCA / MATE DE COCA

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Coca is very popular in Cusco Region, and other high-altitude regions in Peru. Coca drink is believed to have good effects when helping you fight against high altitude sickness.

Boiling the leaves, and drinking it not only helpw with the altitude, it’s actually a refreshing hot drink to have during the cold weather in these mountainous and high regions of Peru.

20. JUGO DE PAPAYA

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Peru is a wonderful country, full of delicious food, and some of the freshest fruits and vegetables we’ve ever tasted. If you want to start your Peruvian mornings colorful and healthy, might we suggest starting your day with some jugo de papaya or papaya juice!

These are served in a lot of the local markets, or just buy some fresh papaya near you, and we guarantee you the deliciousness and sweetness of the Peruvian papaya fruit!

21. JUGO ESPECIAL

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Jugo Especial is another great Peruano breakfast or Peruvian breakfast that you can have. It’s also a fruit juice, and is a mix of various fruits, algarrobina (a special fruit syrup in Peru), dark beer or malt, with raw egg. It’s basically an upgrade to your regular Peruvian juice!

22. ALGARROBINA

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Algarrobina is a sweet syrup added to fruit juices in Peru, makes a lot of the fruit juices taste much sweeter, that it deserved its own name.

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23. UVACHADO

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Uvachado is a an exotic Peruvian drink soaked in cane brandy or Cañazo for a few months, added with honey. Uvachado is a popular drink in Tarapoto and big parts of the Peruvian’s San Martin region.

It is highly recommended to consume this drink in moderation because of its high alcohol content and suppsedly aphrodisiac effects. It is usually served in festivals.

24. CHUCHUHUASI

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Chuchuhiasi is tree you can find in the Amazon, with its bark producing an exotic Peruvian drink with the same name. Drinking Chuchuhuasi, like the other alcoholic exotic drinks in this list needs to be regulated.

Apart from the usual alcoholic and aphrodisiac effects, Chuchuhuasi is also known as medicinal drink for rheumatic diseases, muscle and joint pains, fever, stomach pains and bronchitis.

25. RC / ROMPE CALZÓN

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Also found in the Peruvian Amazon, mixing barks of trees and soaked for a while, RC or Rompe Calzon is most popular for its aphrodisiac elements.

26. 7 RAICES

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This exotic Peruvian drink can be found in the Amazon and is made from mixing 7 different roots and barks mixed together: cat’s claw, fierro caspo, chuchuhuasi, murare, icoja, cumaceba and sangre de grado. These are soaked with cañazo for a couple of months, and then also sweetened with honey.

7 raices, in addition for it being an exotic Peruvian drink from the Amazon, is also popular for its medicinal benefits. It’s common medicine for flu, but the use needs to be very regulaed, because it has high energetic components and also considered an aphrodisiac.

27. LEVANTATE LÁZARO

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Want to stay “up all night”, not really watching TV? ha! Well if you know what we mean, this drink helps men maintain their libido and strength the whole night. Talk about not needing medicines! According to Peruvian beliefs, only a few sips of Levantate Lazaro is enough.

WHERE TO STAY IN PERU

A total of $20 USD would be the range of your budget for accommodation in Peru. There are hotels mid- budget for $50-70 USD and you can find luxury accommodation starting from $120 USD.

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BEST TIME TO VISIT PERU

Peru actually has two very distinct seasons. The dry and the wet season. The dry season, which isfrom May to October, is the peak season or most touristic season of travel in Peru. This season gets the driest mornings and day time weather, but gets incredibly cold at night.

Also known as the winter time in Peru, or in South America. July and August gets the most visitors in Peru, with July 28 as a National Holiday in the country, when you’ll get a lot of visitors, local and foreign, moving at the same time.

If you’re planning to do the Inca trail, and visit the Machu Picchu, and go to the higher elevated parts of Peru (and frankly, these are some of the best reasons to come to the country), you’ll have to pack for the cold weather, and be ready for the no. of tourists coming in the country.

For some people, the wet season will be the best time to visit. This is a time when prices can be lower, even with airlines and hotel. It’s consider a warmer time in Peru, however, this is actually the period in Peru that gets a lot of rain. January and February are the rainiest months in the country. So you’ll have to keep those in mind when you’re traveling during this time. If you want lower prices, and have more time, and possibly more days to play around with, in case it’s always raining, and can reschedule trips and tours, this can be an option for you.

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Hope you liked our Peruvian drinks blog post. Let us know if we missed any drinks in Peru and which one is your favorite one in the list of traditional Peruvian drinks.

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Happy Travels!

Ruben Arribas is a Spanish traveler who has traveled more than 70+ countries around the world. Now based in the Philippines!

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