A popular highball, the Piscola cocktail has its origins in South America, although the drink has gone on to become a favourite all over the globe. A unique blend of Pisco brandy and the common carbonated beverage Coca-Cola, the Piscola has a characteristic dark brown colour, from the Coca-Cola it contains, and is traditionally served in a highball glass, with a wedge of fresh lime as a garnish.
The cocktail has gone on to spawn many variations, one of which is the Piscola Blanca cocktail, made by substituting the Coca-Cola with Sprite or 7-Up. The Piscola itself is reminiscent of another famous South American drink – the Cuba Libre cocktail. Both drinks contain more or less the same ingredients – the only difference is that the Cuba Libre replaces the Pisco brandy with the same quantity of rum.
Preparation Time: 2 to 5 minutes
Serving Size: Serves 1 person
Utensils: Highball glass, stirrer
- 1.5 oz Pisco brandy
- 3.0 oz Coca-Cola
- 1.0 oz lemon juice
- Ice cubes
- Fresh lime wedge for garnishing
Start by selecting a tall highball glass in which you will be serving the Piscola. Make sure the glass is clean, without the remnants of any past drinks that might taint the Piscola cocktail you are about to make.
Load the glass about a quarter of the way with ice cubes, and then proceed to pour 1.5 oz of Pisco brandy and 3.0 oz of fresh lemon juice into the highball glass. Use a stirring rod to swirl the mixture about, until all the ingredients are thoroughly blended.
Once this is done, proceed to top the Pisco-lemon mixture with 3.0 oz of Coca-Cola. Pour this in carefully – you don’t want it to foam up and overflow, as this would mess up the quantities of the ingredients you put in the glass.
Give it all a very brief stir, to mix the ingredients, and as a final finishing touch, garnish the drink with a fresh lime wedge. Your Piscola cocktail is now ready – serve chilled.