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BarSol Perfecto Amor PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debra C. Argen   
BarSol Pisco Perfecto AmorBarsSol Perfecto Amor, Spanish for "Perfect Love" is a gorgeous fortified wine made from Peruvian Muscat grapes and is the newest addition to the BarSol Pisco (Peruvian unaged brandy) family of excellent products.  Serve chilled as a luscious slightly sweet aperitif or use in place of sweet vermouth in your favorite cocktail recipes and the product will live up to its name. Luxury Experience found that it also was a delicious addition to culinary recipes.

 

BarSol Perfecto Amor Tasting Notes: is a premium artisanal wine made from Peruvian Muscat grapes, crafted in small batches, naturally fermented at room temperature, and fortified to 17% ABV. It has an aromatic nose of ripe stone fruit and floral notes. On the palate there are delicious notes of ripe raisins, prunes, hints of chocolate, pear, and citrus on the palate, with an elegant lightly sweet finish.

BarSol Perfecto Amor - photo by Luxury ExperieneCarlos Ferreyros (an agricultural entrepreneur in Peru) and Diego Loret de Mola (a USA business entrepreneur) founded BarSol Pisco in 2002. Today, they are trendsetters winning awards, and recognized by CONAPISCO (National Commission of Pisco) as making Pisco to the highest quality standards for the iconic spirit from Peru, and now have crafted a fortified wine, BarSol Perfecto Amor made in small batches.

The BarSol Family of Products

BarSol Perfecto Amor
BarSol Pisco Selecto Italia
BarSol Pisco Mosto Verde Italia
BarSol Selecto Acholado
BarSol Pisco Primero Quebranta
BarSol Pisco Supremo Mosto Verde Quebranta
BarSol Pisco Selecto Torentel
BarSol Pisco Mosto Verde Torentel          

To show the versatility of BarSol Perfecto Amor, "Luxury Experience was "in the kitchen and behind the bar®" creating culinary and cocktail recipes to tempt your palate. All culinary recipes created by Luxury Experience's Chef Debra C. Argen. All cocktail recipes created by Luxury Experience Mixologists Debra C. Argen and Edward F. Nesta.

Luxury Experience - BarSol Perfecto Amor
Cocktail and Culinary Menu

The Cocktail Menu

Luxury Experience - Twisted Fashion
Luxury Experience - Morning Dance
Luxury Experience - Mulling It Over

The Culinary Menu

Luxury Experience - Roast Pork Tenderloin with Perfecto Amor Gravy,
Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes, and Acorn Squash Stuffed with Apples,
Onions, Tipsy Raisins, and Gorgonzola
Luxury Experience - Quinoa Pudding with Perfecto Amor Raisins
Luxury Experience - Zucchini Carrot Cake with Tipsy Raisins and
Spirited Cream Cheese Frosting

BarSol Pisco Perfecto Amor - photo by Luxury Experience 

The Cocktail Recipes

BarSol Perfecto Amor is admirable addition to classic cocktails; with that in mind Luxury Experience Mixologists Edward F. Nesta and Debra C. Argen created the Luxury Experience - Twisted Fashion a playful nod to the classic cocktails, the Manhattan and the Old Fashioned, and "twisting" the ingredients. Our cocktail replaces the sweet vermouth used in a Manhattan with BarSol Perfecto Amor, muddles a maraschino cherry and an orange slice as in the classic Old Fashioned, with the addition of a lemon slice. For the bitters, we used Fee Brothers Grapefruit Bitters to add to the citrus flavors of the cocktail as well as to enhance the citrus notes of BarSol Perfecto Amor.

Luxury Experience - Twisted Fashion - photo by Luxury Experiene

Luxury Experience - Twisted Fashion
Yield:              1 Cocktail
Glass Used:     Rocks Glass

Ingredients:

0.5
Ounce
BarSol Perfecto Amor
2
Ounces
Benjamin Prichard's Tennessee Whiskey
1
 
Sugar Cube
2
Dashes
Fee Brothers Grapefruit Bitters
1
 
Orange Slice
1
 
Lemon Slice
1
 
Maraschino Cherry
   
Stemmed Maraschino Cherry and Orange Peel Twist, garnish,

Method: Place a sugar cube in the bottom of a large mixing glass, add 2 dashes of the Fee Brothers Grapefruit Bitters, and muddle the orange, lemon, and cherry. Add the BarSol Perfecto Amor and Benjamin Pritchard's Tennessee Whiskey. Stir to combine, strain into an ice filled rocks glass. Garnish with a stemmed maraschino cherry and a twisted orange peel.

With only 17% alcohol, BarSol Perfecto Amor is ideal to use as a base for lower alcohol cocktails. Luxury Experience - Morning Dance combines BarSol Perfecto Amor, orange juice, lime juice, and Fee Brothers Gin-Barrel Aged Orange Bitters for a luscious cocktail.

Luxury Experience - Morning Dance- photo by Luxury Experiene

Luxury Experience - Morning Dance
Yield:              1 Cocktail
Glass Used:     Rocks Glass

Ingredients:

3
Ounces
BarSol Perfecto Amor
1
Ounce
Fresh Orange Juice
0.25
Ounce
Fresh Lime Juice
2
Dashes
Fee Brothers Gin-Barrel Aged Orange Bitters
   
Orange Peel, garnish

Method: Add all ingredients except garnish to a large mixing glass, and add 2 ice cubes. Shake hard to combine. Strain into an ice-filled rocks. Garnish with the orange peel.

Winter was made for toddies and warm cocktails, and Luxury Experience - Mulling It Over was designed for sipping and savoring and highlights nature's bounty by combining apple cider steeped with mulling spices, and raisin infused BarSol Perfecto Amor. Serve warm, add a teaspoon of infused raisins to the mug, garnish with a cinnamon stick and an apple slice. The finish is especially wonderful when you reach the plump delectable raisins.

Luxury Experience - Mulling it Over- photo by Luxury Experiene

Luxury Experience - Mulling It Over
Yield:              1 Cocktail
Glass Used:     Glass Mug

Ingredients:

3
Ounces
Apple Cider
2
Ounces
Raisin Infused BarSol Perfecto Amor* (See recipe)
1
Teaspoon
Williams Sonoma Mulling Spices
1
Teaspoon
BarSol Perfecto Amor infused Raisins* (See recipe)
1
 
Cinnamon Stick, garnish
1
Slice
Apple, garnish

Method for the Cocktail: Microwave the apple cider in a mug for 2 minutes (or heat the cider in a saucepot on a stove), add the mulling spices, cover and let steep for 2 minutes. Add the raisin infused BarSol Perfecto Amor. Stir to combine. Pour into serving mug; add infused raisins, cinnamon stick and apple garnish.

Raisin Infused BarSol Perfecto Amor Ingredients:

3
Ounces
Apple Cider
2
Ounce
Raisin Infused BarSol Perfecto Amor* (See recipe below)

Method for the Raisin Infused BarSol Perfecto Amor: Add the raisins to a large covered glass jar, add the BarSol Perfecto Amor, shake and steep the raisins for 2-3 days (or longer). The resulting infusion is very delicious to use in cocktails and culinary recipes, and the raisins are sensational. When ready, strain the desired amount of infused BarSol Perfecto Amor needed for your recipes, and replace regular raisins with the infused raisins for a very tasty addition to your recipes.

The Culinary Recipes

BarSol Perfecto Amor enhances classic roast pork tenderloin with its complementary lush sweetness, and when combined Perfecto Amor gravy, stuffed acorn squash with apples, onions, tipsy raisins and gorgonzola, and roasted garlic mashed potatoes, it makes a memorable meal and a lasting impression.

Luxury Experience - Roasted Pork Tenderloin- photo by Luxury Experiene

Luxury Experience - Roast Pork Tenderloin with Perfecto Amor Gravy, Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes, and Acorn Squash Stuffed with Apples, Onions, Tipsy Raisins, and Gorgonzola

Roasted Garlic

1
 
Head of Garlic
   
Olive Oil

Method for the Roasted Garlic: Preheat oven to 400° F (204° C).

Drizzle head of garlic with olive oil. Roast the garlic in a garlic roaster or enclose with aluminum foil and roast for 40 minutes until garlic is very soft. Let the garlic cool and remove the individual garlic cloves (will be a soft paste). May be made ahead and stored in a covered jar in the refrigerator.

Pork Tenderloin

Ingredients for the Pork Tenderloin:

2
Pounds (0.91 Kg)
Pork Tenderloin
1
 
Roasted Garlic Clove (See recipe*)
2
Tablespoons
Raisin Infused BarSol Perfecto Amor* (See recipe)
2
Tablespoons
Olive Oil

Method: Preheat oven to 400° F (204° C).

Brush an oven-proof skillet with the olive oil and heat pan over medium heat. Brush the pork tenderloin with the roasted garlic and raisin liquid. Add the pork to the skillet and brown on all sides about 3 minutes.

Place the skillet in the oven and roast the pork tenderloin for 12-15 minutes until the internal temperature of the meat reaches 145° F (63° C) - 150° F (65° C) on a meat thermometer. Remove the skillet from the oven. Remove the meat from the pan, place on a cutting board and loosely cover with aluminum foil for 5 minutes before serving.

Method for the Gravy: Place the skillet with the pan juices on the stove. In a jar, combine 2 cups of BarSol Perfecto Amor and 2 teaspoons corn starch. Shake well to thoroughly combine. Add the mixture to the pan juices in the skillet. Heat over medium heat, stirring continually until gravy has thickened.

Acorn Squash Stuffed with Apples, Onions, Tipsy Raisins, and Gorgonzola

Ingredients for the Acorn Squash:

2
Small
Acorn Squashes, cut in half
1
Tablespoon
Butter
   
Kosher Salt, Black Pepper
1
Teaspoon
Sugar
0.25
Cup
Onion, small diced
1
Small
Granny Smith Apple, small diced
1
Teaspoon
Butter
1
Teaspoon
Thyme Leaves, fresh
1
Tablespoon
Raisin Infused BarSol Perfecto Amor* (See recipe)
2
Teaspoons
Raisins
4
Tablespoons
Gorgonzola, small diced

Method: Pre-heat oven to 400° F (204° C). Cut the acorn squashes in half. Scoop out the seeds and discard. Brush the halves with melted butter and season with salt and pepper. Place the halves upside down on an aluminum foil or parchment lined roasting pan. Cover the pan and bake until the acorn is very tender, about 40 minutes.

Meanwhile, melt butter in a sauté pan, add the diced onion and apple, thyme leaves, and salt and pepper. Sauté until the apples are almost tender, add the sugar to caramelize, and then deglaze the pan with the Raisin Infused BarSol Perfecto Amor. Remove from heat, add the raisins, and stir to combine. Fill the acorn squash halves with the mixture. Top each half with Gorgonzola and return to oven. Bake 12-15 minutes until the cheese is melted.

Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Method: Peel and dice 4 potatoes and boil in salted water until tender. Strain water. Mash potatoes with butter, milk, the rest of the roasted garlic, and salt and pepper to taste.

Peru, country of origin for BarSol Perfecto Amor, has a long history of growing the ancient grain, quinoa. I decided to pair the two to create a delicious dessert recipe, Luxury Experience - Quinoa Pudding with BarSol Perfecto Amor Raisins, which incorporates both raisin infused BarSol Perfecto Amor and BarSol Perfecto Amor infused Raisins.

Luxury Experience - Quinoa Pudding- photo by Luxury Experiene

Luxury Experience - Quinoa Pudding with BarSol Perfecto Amor Raisins

Ingredients

1
Tablespoon
Butter
1
Cup
Organic White Quinoa, rinsed
8
Cups
Warm Whole Milk
1.5
Cups
Cold Milk
1
Cup
Sugar
1
Teaspoon
Vanilla
1/8
Teaspoon
Salt
2
 
Egg Yolks
1
Teaspoon
Cornstarch
0.33
Cup
Raisin Infused BarSol Perfecto Amor* (See recipe)
0.50
Cup
BarSol Perfecto Amor infused Raisins* (See recipe)
12
Ounces
Heavy Cream

Method: Melt butter over medium heat in a large saucepan, add the rinsed quinoa, and sauté for about 3 minutes, until the water has evaporated. Add 1 cup of warm milk to the quinoa and let simmer, stirring throughout, like a risotto. When the milk is absorbed, add another cup of warm milk. Continue process. When you reach the fourth addition of milk, add the sugar, salt, and vanilla. Continue process adding one cup of warm milk at a time until you reach 8 cups of milk. Add 1 cup cold milk mixed with 2 egg yolks and 1 teaspoon cornstarch, continuously stirring until milk is incorporated and quinoa is creamy. Finish by adding in the third cup of Raisin Infused BarSol Perfecto Amor and half cup of cold milk. Cook for 2 minutes. Let cool. Stir in half a cup of the infused raisins. Let cool and then refrigerate until serving time.

Spirited Whipped Cream Ingredients:

0.50
Cup
Whipping Cream
2
Teaspoons
Raisin Infused BarSol Perfecto Amor
2
Teaspoons
Sugar

Method: Whip the cream until stiff peaks form. Refrigerate until serving time.

Presentation: Spoon the pudding in a bowl, top with the Spirited Whipped Cream, add a few honey roasted almonds to garnish (if desired), and sprinkle with cinnamon.

Luxury Experience - Zucchini Cake - photo by Luxury Experiene

Luxury Experience - Zucchini Carrot Cake with Tipsy Raisins and Spirited Cream Cheese Frosting

The tipsy raisins and the combination of the zucchini and carrots make this spice cake a delicious winner.

Ingredients for the Cake:

1
Cup
Zucchini, shredded
1
Cup
Carrots, shredded
2
Cups
Sugar
1
Cup
Vegetable Oil
3
Eggs
 
1
Teaspoon
Vanilla
1
Teaspoon
Baking Powder
0.5
Teaspoon
Baking Soda
0.5
Teaspoon
Salt
1
Teaspoon
Ginger
1
Teaspoon
Ground Cloves
1
Teaspoon
Cinnamon
3
Cups
Flour
1
Teaspoon
Raisin Infused BarSol Perfecto Amor* (See recipe)
1
Cup
BarSol Perfecto Amor infused Raisins* (See recipe)

Method: Preheat oven to 350° F (177° C). Grease and flour 2 round 9-inch cake pans (or desired pan or muffin cups).

In a food processor, add the zucchini, carrots, sugar, vegetable oil, and eggs, and process until smooth.

In a large bowl, add the dry ingredients, and mix well. Add the dry ingredients to the zucchini mixture in the food processor and process until smooth. Pour batter into the large bowl, add the raisins and stir well to combine.

Bake for approximately 30 minutes until tester inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. Let cool completely before frosting.

Ingredients for the Frosting:

8
Ounces
Cream Cheese, room temperature
3
Cups
Confectionary Sugar
1
Small Pinch
Salt
2
Tablespoons
Raisin Infused BarSol Perfecto Amor* (See recipe)

Method: Add all ingredients to a food processor and process until smooth. May be made ahead and stored in a covered container in the refrigerator. Bring to room temperature before frosting the cake.

We hope that you enjoy these cocktail and culinary recipes as well as making your own discoveries using BarSol Perfecto Amor.

Read about the history of BarSol Pisco as well as discover more tempting recipes using BarSol Pisco Selecto Acholado, BarSol Pisco Selecto Italia, and BarSol Pisco Primero Quebranta in the Liquor Cabinet section of Luxury Experience.

For additional product information on BarSol Perfecto Amor or other BarSol Pisco family of products, please visit the website: www.BarSolPisco.com

BarSol Pisco Diego Loret de Mola, Founder
BarSol USA, LLC
65 High Ridge Road, Suite 397
Stamford, Connecticut 06905
United States
Telephone:   +1-203-716-1736
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