A lot of the sources I found claimed this was invented in Peru during the early 1900s but they offer no solid evidence. The oldest writing of this I was able to find comes from the 1935 Old Waldorf Astoria cocktail book and honestly I’m kinda down to believe this first came from there. Just because it has pisco doesn’t mean it came from Chili or Peru (hell the pisco punch was invented in the 1890s in San Francisco) and during that time there was a lot of variations on the Manhattan cocktail being made in New York City. So it most likely was invented in New York, even though it’s not as romantic of an origin story as it being invented in Peru.
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