It turns out the Pisco Sour isn’t the only cocktail to be made from the popular Chilean and Peruvian-produced grape brandy. Enter Kappa Pisco ($34). This innovative premium Pisco was created by the Marnier-Lapostolle family, who are behind the iconic Grand Marnier line as well as Lapostolle Winery. In this case, the Chilean grape brandy is made from fine Muscat grapes grown in the vineyards of the Elqui Valley and pure water from the Andes Mountains.
A sleek, dark blue Ora-Ito-designed bottle contains this clear spirit, which can be sipped neat, on the rocks, or mixed with a variety of juices and sodas. With berry and floral notes, Kappa Pisco’s clean taste contains no oak and is distilled twice before it’s bottled.
Lately, local bartenders have been experimenting with it. At the MGM Grand’s new Pub 1842, mixologist Carlo Splendorini created the Prison Hooch. It’s a punchy combination of Kappa Pisco, a pineapple-jalapeno syrup, and fresh lime juice. Or head to the Wynn’s Parasol Up and Parasol Down bars for a more mellow cocktail: the Berry Pisco Punch is a refreshing drink perfect for summer made with St. Germain elderflower liqueur, fresh lemon and pineapple juices, and strawberry and pineapple-infused Kappa Pisco. You can buy the bottle at four local Lee’s Discount Liquor retail stores: East Flamingo, South Rampart, and two South Rainbow outlets.