To make a pisco sour, you will need the following ingredients:
- 50ml pisco
- 25ml fresh lime juice
- 25ml simple syrup
- 1 egg white
- Angostura bitters (optional)
- Add the pisco, lime juice, simple syrup, and egg white to a shaker. If you want to add a dash of bitters, do so now.
- Fill the shaker with ice and shake vigorously for 30 seconds.
- Strain the mixture into a chilled cocktail glass.
- Garnish with a few drops of bitters on top of the foam, if desired.
History of Pisco Sour
Pisco sour is a popular cocktail that originated in Peru. It is made with pisco, a type of brandy that is produced in the wine-growing regions of Peru and Chile. The cocktail itself was created by an American bartender named Victor Vaughen Morris, who opened a bar in Lima, Peru in 1916.
According to legend, Morris was looking for a way to use up the excess pisco that he had purchased for his bar. He experimented with different recipes and eventually came up with the pisco sour, which combined pisco with lime juice, simple syrup, and egg whites to create a refreshing and tangy cocktail.
The pisco sour quickly became a popular drink in Peru and has since spread to other countries around the world. Today, it is considered a national drink of Peru and is enjoyed by many people as a refreshing and delicious cocktail.
Variations of Pisco Sour
There are several variations of the classic pisco sour cocktail that you can try:
- Chilcano: This variation includes pisco, lime juice, simple syrup, and ginger ale.
- Maracuyá Sour: This variation includes pisco, passionfruit juice, and simple syrup.
- Melón Sour: This variation includes pisco, melon liqueur, and lime juice.
- Chirimoya Sour: This variation includes pisco, chirimoya (a type of tropical fruit), lime juice, and simple syrup.
- Lucuma Sour: This variation includes pisco, lucuma (a type of fruit native to Peru), lime juice, and simple syrup.
- Pisco Punch: This variation includes pisco, pineapple juice, lime juice, and simple syrup.
- Pisco Sour de Mango: This variation includes pisco, mango puree, lime juice, and simple syrup.
You can also try adding other ingredients to the classic pisco sour recipe to create your own unique variations. Some ideas might include adding different types of fruit juices, syrups, or liqueurs to the mix. Experiment and have fun!
What is Pisco
Pisco is a type of brandy that is produced in the wine-growing regions of Peru and Chile. It is made by distilling fermented grape juice, and it is typically made from one of eight grape varietals: Quebranta, Mollar, Uvina, Italia, Negra Criolla, Moscatel, Torontel, or Albilla.
In Peru, pisco is typically produced in the coastal regions of the country, particularly in the departments of Lima, Ica, and Arequipa. It is made using a variety of traditional methods, including distillation in copper pot stills and aging in oak barrels.
Pisco is known for its distinctive flavor, which is influenced by the grape varietal used and the terroir of the region in which it is produced. It is often used in cocktails, such as the popular pisco sour, and it is also enjoyed on its own as a sipping spirit.