Thursday, April 3, 2014

Product Review ---> Kappa Pisco

Hey hey everyone! You know I have been neglecting the blog, but I've been SO busy lately, and have many things to share with you from the last month or so, and lots of new and exciting adventures upcoming!

Today we will review a new AMAZING spirit,  Kappa Pisco. So if you been following the blog here, you already know what Pisco is. If not, Pisco is a colorless grape brandy that is made in the wine region of Peru and Chile.  A great spirit, most notably known for its greatest creations, The Pisco Sour, and Pisco Punch. Although there are MANY different ways to enjoy the spirit, those are the best 2 ways, in my opinion, to introduce someone to Pisco.

Which brings us to today's subject, Kappa Pisco. Kappa is the newest expression from the Marnier Lapostalle family. The same family that's produces Grand Marnier, and the Lapostalle Wines of Chile, and wines from the Loire Valley. So when i say expect a QUALITY product, this will be one! Kappa is made with 2 different Muscot grapes, the Alexandria and Rose. In my experience in tasting and playing around with Kappa, I get hints of Spice, Vanilla, and of course grape when i taste. No burn, and very smooth. Kappa recently  got a 92 at the Ultimate Beverage challenge AND won the Chairman's Trophy at the UBC as well. So when I say this is a quality spirit, it has the credentials to back up my claim.

Last week, I was 1 of 8 bartenders who competed in the "Kappa Pisco Punch Out" competition at Drumbar here in Chicago. Lots of talent was in there, and we all had our work cut out for us, but thru it all, I pulled out the competition win!!! I created a cocktail named, "The 4th Chamber". I wanted a drink that played off everything that I got from tasting Kappa, and still was balanced enough to appeal to fellow bartenders and consumers alike. So without further adieu, here is the 4th chamber

4th Chamber
Kappa Pisco
Grand Marnier
Lime
Pineapple
Mint
Serrano Chili Pepper Syrup


Now for this particular competition, the cocktail had to be batched into a punch, so to get the specs on this be sure to watch the blog on Monday afternoons, as I will be posting a new cocktail recipe every Monday for "Mixing it Up Monday's". But all in all KAPPA Pisco is a very very good product to work with, and one I look forward to sharing many more recipes with you. FIND IT, DRINK IT, ENJOY IT...

Until Next Time
Mr.Mixologist