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Tastes of Peru – The Algarrobina

Posted on | October 11, 2010 | 8 Comments

Coctel de Algarrobina
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I’m not much of a drinker, really. I used to like the American whiskeys, like Jack Daniels and Jim Beam, but anymore I rarely drink at all. Sometimes the husband and I will share a beer, and we’re usually asleep by the end of it. He’s not much of a drinker, either.

Which is why it’s ironic that we met in a bar.

But I digress.

The point here, is that even though I don’t really drink much, there are a few things that I do like to drink just because they taste sooo darn good.

And the Algarrobina  is one of those drinks.

I love creamy drinks, and I love chocolate drinks.  Frozen drinks are also high on the list of the things I like. That why the Algarrobina ranks so high on my  list – it’s all of these things.

PLUS! It’s made using Peruvian Pisco, so it’s sort of a matter of national pride.

If you happen to get your hands on a bottle of pisco, you should really give this drink a try. The namesake ingredient is algarrobina syrup.  It comes from the algarroba fruit, which is very similar to carob. (Some say it’s the same thing – I’m not so sure).  You should be able to find algarroba syrup at your local Latin market – if not, carob syrup can be substituted.


  • 1-1/2 ounces of Peruvian Pisco Quebranta
  • 1 oz algarrobina
  • 2-1/2 oz of cream (or in Peru style, evaporated milk!)
  • 1-1/2 oz simple syrup
  • 1/2 oz creme de cacao
  • 6 ice cubes

Put all the ingredients in a strong blender, and liquefy.

Serve in a short glass, with a bit of cinnamon sprinkled on top.

Repeat. 😉

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8 Responses to “Tastes of Peru – The Algarrobina”

  1. Mom
    October 11th, 2010 @ 18:40

    yum…I’ll take one

  2. Eunice
    October 11th, 2010 @ 19:49

    Ooooh. They have Pisco at a liquor store near me, so you know I had to get the biggest bottle they had. I’ve never heard of algarrobina though. Going to have to look for it.
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  3. Kelly
    October 12th, 2010 @ 11:05

    It’s soooo good – kind of like a Brandy Alexander.

  4. Kelly
    October 11th, 2010 @ 21:09

    I’m thinking of inventing my own drink – leave out the Pisco and ice, and mix the rest of the ingredients into a cup of hot coffee!

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  6. badmash
    October 22nd, 2010 @ 14:20

    I just signed up to your blogs rss feed. Will you post more on this subject?

  7. Kelly
    October 24th, 2010 @ 20:16

    On Peruvian cocktails? I certainly will.

  8. Amy
    August 10th, 2011 @ 15:40

    I also am not much of a drinker, but this cocktail extraordinaire looks very enticing.

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