Pisco Sour

Friday, April 13, 2012


I remember my first Pisco Sour vividly–it was a graduation party, and my parents had just returned for a trip to Peru with bottles of this Latin American brandy. Suddenly someone was mixing up potent sours, and I thought, "What a wonderful alternative to vodka-cranberries!" In some ways, it was my first real cocktail; if you haven't enjoyed a Pisco Sour already, I couldn't recommend one more highly!


Pisco Sour

1 1/2 oz pisco 
3/4 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 oz simple syrup
white of one egg

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker; shake vigorously without ice for 10 seconds. Add ice and shake for 10 seconds. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. 


Notes: I know–egg whites. If you've never had a Pisco Sour (or another cocktail) with egg white, you probably won't miss it, but it adds an irresistibly lush texture. Tradition does call for egg white, but not for the drop or two of bitters on the foamy top of this cocktail; John loves to drag a toothpick through the bitters to make hearts. Amargo is Peru's most popular bitters, but Angostura will work just fine. Cheers!


Photo by Romulo Yanes for Gourmet.

16 comments:

  1. sounds delicious! have a great weekend! xoxo jillian:: cornflake dreams

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  2. i studied abroad in Peru in 2007 and definitely drank pisco sours. they were delicious! and i brought home a bottle of pisco too :)

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  3. Ive never had one, but I think I should!

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  4. As always...yum! And happy weekend, Lena! xoxo

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  5. I've never heard of pisco before. I'll have to see if I can find it out my liquor store. Hope you have grand weekend with lots of Indian food!

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  6. I recently tried a smoothie with egg in it and I thought I would be sick, but I didn't get sick! So I think I'd be willing to try this drink!

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  7. Gorgeous!! Happy Happy Weekend Miss Lena!!

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  8. i'm embarrassed to say i had never heard of pisco! you're so wordly, miss lena! xo

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  9. one of my all time favorite drinks and you don't find it in many places! happy weekend!

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  10. Sounds like perfection in a glass! Yum! xo style, she wrote

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  11. I love pisco sours!! Most people get freaked out by the egg white, but they are so refreshing.

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  12. I saw this recipe on interest recently...I must try these!

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  13. So delicious! Can't go wrong with a good pisco sour. We learned to make them with lime rather than lemon, and ours definitely involve a dash or two of bitters on top. Haven't quite mastered the bitters-art yet, though...

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  14. Mmmmmm, pisco sour. I'm married into a Chilean family, so these are a must at every family get-together!!

    ~ Clare x

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  15. Mmmmmm, pisco sour. I'm married into a Chilean family, so these are a must at every family get-together!!

    ~ Clare x

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