Inca Cocktail Recipe

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Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


The Inca cocktail is inspired by the ancient Inca civilization, which was known for its rich culture and love for gold. This cocktail is a tribute to their legacy and is perfect for those who enjoy exotic flavors and a touch of history.

  • The Inca civilization thrived in the Andean region of South America from the 13th to the 16th century.
  • This cocktail is popular among history enthusiasts and those who appreciate unique flavor combinations.
  • The golden color of the drink is a nod to the Inca's love for gold and their craftsmanship in working with the precious metal.

How Inca Tastes?

The Inca cocktail has a complex and well-balanced taste, featuring sweet, sour, and slightly bitter notes. The fruity flavors from the passion fruit and pineapple are complemented by the warmth of the pisco and the herbal touch of the bitters.

Interesting facts about Inca

  • The Inca cocktail is often served in a unique glass that resembles the pottery used by the Inca civilization.
  • Pisco, the base spirit of this cocktail, is a type of brandy that originated in Peru and Chile.
  • The use of passion fruit and pineapple in the cocktail is a nod to the fruits native to the Andean region where the Inca civilization thrived.



A clear grape brandy from Peru, pisco is the soul of our cocktail. The 2oz serving provides a robust base without overpowering the fruity notes. Less could make the drink too timid, more might send you speaking to ancient Inca spirits!

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Passion Fruit Syrup

This 1oz of liquid gold adds a sweet, tropical flair, and balances the tangy lime. It's like the sun to your sunny day - without it, things get a little cloudy in flavor-town.

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Pineapple Juice

Another 1oz of this and you've got the perfect tropical trio when combined with passion fruit and lime. Omit this and you're missing the middle harmony in a fruity symphony.

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Fresh Lime Juice

Half an ounce adds just the right zesty kick. Too much and you're sucking on a lime, too little and the drink's flat - like a beach with no waves. A sour frown we want to avoid.

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Angostura Bitters

A couple of dashes might not seem much, but they're like the spice in your salsa. Without it, you simply lose a layer of complexity that brings everything together.

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Orange Wheel

The garnish is more than flair; it gives a hint of citrus aroma before each sip, prepping the taste buds for what's to come. It's like a welcome sign for your mouth.

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Edible Gold Flakes (Optional)

Just for the wow factor. It's like putting on a tie with your casual outfit - not necessary, but you look fabulous.

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Recipe. How to make Inca Drink

  1. Combine ingredients: In a cocktail shaker, combine the pisco, passion fruit syrup, pineapple juice, lime juice, and Angostura bitters.
  2. Shake: Fill the shaker with ice and shake vigorously for about 15-20 seconds until well-chilled.
  3. Strain: Strain the cocktail into a chilled glass, preferably one that resembles Inca pottery.
  4. Garnish: Garnish the cocktail with an orange wheel and, if desired, a sprinkle of edible gold flakes to represent the Inca's love for gold.

Pro Tips

  • Use fresh juices: For the best flavor, use fresh pineapple and lime juices.
  • Chill your glass: A chilled glass will keep your cocktail cooler for longer.
  • Shake well: Ensure all the ingredients are well mixed and the cocktail is well chilled by shaking vigorously.

Perfect Pairings


For an appetizer, the bright citrus notes pair wonderfully with light seafood dishes - think ceviche or shrimp cocktails. The acidity cuts through the richness and complements the fresh flavors.

Spicy Foods

Bold and spicy dishes like Thai or Peruvian cuisine could also be great with this cocktail as the sweetness of the passion fruit syrup and pineapple juice will balance out the heat.


Choose desserts that are not overly sweet, such as a coconut flan or a fruit tart, to complement the tropical vibe without overpowering the palate.

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What you could change in Inca

  • Pisco: If you can't find Pisco, you can substitute it with a clear, high-proof spirit like vodka.
  • Passion fruit syrup: If you can't find passion fruit syrup, you can use a different tropical fruit syrup like mango or guava.
  • Angostura bitters: If you don't have Angostura bitters, you can use another type of aromatic bitters.

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Inca Gold Rush

Replace passion fruit syrup with honey syrup and add a small slice of ginger. This brings a spicy, sweet warmth to the drink—like finding a hidden Inca treasure.

Ingredients: Pisco, honey syrup, pineapple juice, fresh lime juice, ginger, Angostura bitters, orange wheel. Recipe: Follow the original recipe, replacing the passion fruit syrup with honey syrup and adding a slice of ginger in the shake.

Andean Sunset

Substitute pineapple juice for mango juice and add a splash of soda water. This creates a smooth, refreshing twist that feels like a cool breeze at an Andean sunset.

Ingredients: Pisco, passion fruit syrup, mango juice, fresh lime juice, Angostura bitters, soda water, orange wheel. Recipe: Use mango juice instead of pineapple juice and top the cocktail with soda water after the shake.

Machu Picchu Fizz

Use egg white to create a frothy texture and add a sprig of fresh mint for an aromatic touch, presenting a cocktail with layers as complex as the ruins themselves.

Ingredients: Pisco, passion fruit syrup, pineapple juice, fresh lime juice, Angostura bitters, egg white, fresh mint. Recipe: Combine all the ingredients, including the egg white, in the shaker. Dry shake (without ice) first, then shake again with ice and strain into a glass.

In case you forgot basics how to make Inca

Add your ingredients to the shaker first, then ice. Fill it up to ¾ of its capacity to ensure enough space for shaking. Hold the shaker with both hands (one on the top and one on the bottom) and shake vigorously. The shake should come from your shoulders, not your wrists.

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Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

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Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Inca

What type of glass should I use for this cocktail?

For the best experience, use a glass that resembles the pottery used by the Inca civilization. However, if you can't find one, you can use any glass with a wide brim to allow for the aroma of the drink to be enjoyed.

Can I prepare the Inca cocktail without alcohol?

Yes, you can make a non-alcoholic version of this cocktail. Simply skip the Pisco and use more fruit juices or non-alcoholic substitutes.

What other garnishes can be used for the Inca cocktail?

Aside from an orange wheel, some people like to add a touch of exoticism with a sprig of mint, a slice of pineapple, or even a cherry.

What's the best time to serve the Inca cocktail?

The Inca cocktail can be enjoyed anytime but it's commonly served during dinner or at cocktail parties. Its unique, exotic flavor and historical significance make it a perfect cocktail for themed parties.

What foods pair well with the Inca cocktail?

Considering its tropical and slightly sweet flavor profile, the Inca cocktail pairs well with spicy foods, seafood, and grilled dishes.

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