Singani is a drink which is derived from grapes which are not quite destined for wine. It comes from the region of Tarija and is the key ingredient in a drink called a “Surefly,” when mixed with Sprite and a dash of lemon.
The origin of the Surefly, as legend has it, invovles a British train conductor (or airline pilot, we’ve heard two versions but the drunk train conductor seems more viable) who ran out of whiskey in Tarija while making his routine overland trek across Bolivia.
Desperate for a drink, the his local colleagues provided him with a bottle of Singani, which he mixed in the same manner which he normally took his whiskey during his night run.
The next morning, to his delight, he discovered the greatest side effect of Singani, that being the absense of hangover symptoms.
This revelation caused him to spread the word that his new elixir was a “Surefly.”
This smooth liquor is unique to Tarija and is one of Bolivia’s countless unique gastronomical treasures.