Brothers Jorge, Eduardo and Walter Rodriguez grew up in Ica, Peru, just three hours south of Lima. Together with their parents, the family would routinely visit Los Angeles throughout the 1950s. In the 1960s, much of the extended Rodriguez family decided to make L.A. their permanent home, so when Peru’s political climate became fraught with terrorism in the early 1980s, the rest of the family decamped, and decided to come to Southern California as well.
Pisco is the national libation of Peru that is distilled by fermenting grapes. In the 16th Century, grapes were brought over from Spain to South America and legend has it that the unused grapes that were left over from making the wine were then distilled into making Pisco. It must be aged for a minimum of three months in vessels that cannot alter the flavor, such as wood casks, and the result is an earthy yet floral taste that can be perfectly mixed into a cocktail or on its own.