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Cocktail Recipe – The Peruvian Helicopter

Submitted by Tim Brice on April 21, 2011 – 11:02 amNo Comment

The Purvian Helicopter is our take on a cocktail recipe called the Volador, a Pisco based lime and cilantro laced concoction that I recently had the chance to sample at Destino Peruvian restaurant in San Francisco.  It is a great Summer cocktail.  Destino builds the Volador on a base of muddled cilantro and fresh ginger.  To that, Queirolo Quebranta, a puro grade Peruvian Pisco distilled from the the juice of the Quebranta grape varietal, is added along with lime juice and agave syrup.  The whole mess is shaken and strained into an ice filled rocks glass.

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The Peruvian Helicopter Cocktail

It is a good drink on its own but I felt it was a little thin on the tongue.   It is a bit punch like in texture.  I also wanted to pump up the ginger as well.  Adding 1/2 ounce of Domaine de Canton Ginger Liqueur solved both problems. The drink now has a bit more body and the ginger and cilantro meld nicely with the ginger playing more of a starring role.


I am still serving this on the rocks although I’m considering serving it up in a coupe glass with a small pinch of coarse flake sea salt as garnish.  If you try it this way let me know.  I think of it this way, it is a great Summer day drink on the rocks.  Served up in a coupe glass it becomes a sophisticated surprise perfect as an early evening lubricant ahead of a memorable Summer night out.


Another variation I would encourage you to try is to eliminate the ginger liqueur and the agave nectar and use 1/2 ounce of homemade ginger syrup instead.  I, however, don’t have any laying around at the moment.  To make some yourself, simply grate about one inch of fresh ginger into a small fry pan with one cup of sugar and one cup of water and heat on a low flame until the sugar is completely dissolved then cool and strain into a bottle or container for use.  This has tons of use around the bar not to mention in the kitchen.


You could try this drink with tequila and it would be good, and depending on which you choose, even superb.  However, Pisco has more in common in process to brandy and scotch than it does with tequila.  That said, the play between the cilantro and the ginger would work well with tequila, especially plata tequila, I think.


The Peruvian Helicopter


1/2 slice fresh ginger

6 leaves fresh cilantro

2 ounces Queirolo Quebranta or other puro grade Peruvian Pisco

1 ounce fresh lime juice

1/2 ounce agave syrup

1/2 ounce Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur


Muddle the fresh ginger in the bottom of a cocktail shaker turning the muddler 8-10 times to bruise the ginger and release its essential oils.  Add the cilantro leaves and give them only four good turns.  You want to also release the oils in the cilantro but over muddling will render bitter flavors.  Add all other ingredients and ice and shake to combine.  Strain the drink into an ice filled rocks glass.  Small flecks of cilantro and ginger may make it into the drink and that is fine.  Garnish with a couple fresh leaves of cilantro.  Finally, add warm sunny day and put your feet up.  Repeat.


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