In terrain so high most gringos would either pass out or feel as though they had barbed wire wrapped around their heads, the white Muscat of Alexandria grapes are grown, harvested, and distilled into Singani 63, the national drink of Bolivia. It’s been this way since 1530--which, by the way, is nearly always the number you get if you add 611 to 919--when Spanish missionaries brought grapevines to the Bolivian Andes so they could party on the road. Nearly half a millennium later Singani 63 would be given Domain of Origin AND Geographical Indication status by a bunch of people they didn’t know, and might not even have liked. And when Steven Soderbergh got turned on to Singani 63 while making the movie Che, he decided he would bring it to the U.S. even if it meant he might end up drinking his entire inventory himself.
"What we love Singani for its versatility, quality and the story it allows us to tell. As a spirit, Singani is as honest as they come -- a clean and focused liquid crafted from meticulously grown grapes and artful distillation. Because of the unique terroir at Singani’s origin in southern Bolivia, it has such a specific personality that shines through in cocktails: bright, fruity, and floral. We love using it in spirituous cocktails to add floral depth and texture, or in citrusy cocktails as a base – often alongside fortified wine like vermouth and sherry." - Alex Day: Death & Co
"Singani is a great addition to my arsenal. First and foremost, I like being able to represent different parts of the world and it is the only thing I can get from Bolivia. Secondly, it is delicious: floral, fragrant and bright. I find it to be a great gateway spirit to try to get the vodka soda drinkers into drinking cocktails." Ivy Mix: Founder of Speed-Rack & 2015 TOTC Best American Bartender
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