Pisco Sour

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Cocktail History

The Pisco Sour is a classic cocktail that is most often credited to Vaughen Morris, and American bartender who moved to Lima, Peru in the early 1900s to work at a railway company but ended up opening his own bar. It is said that he created the recipe as an alternative to the Whiskey Sour by using pisco, a Peruvian brandy distilled from wine distilled from muscat grapes planted by Spanish colonists, as its base and pairing it with simple syrup, citrus, and egg white.

Cocktail Ingredients

To make this cocktail, you’ll need the following ingredients:

Pisco: This is the base spirit. It’s a type of brandy native to Peru and Chile. We used Capel Pisco Premium Liqueur.

Simple Syrup: This is a sweetener made with sugar and water. You can buy bottled simple syrup in a store, but we made ours at home using Alex’s recipe because it tastes better fresh and is very easy to make.

Lemon Juice: This adds sweet and sour citrus flavors for balance. We prefer to use fresh citrus juice because it’s less bitter than the bottled stuff and tastes better.

Egg White: This helps to soften the more intense flavors. It also adds body and a rich, silky smooth texture to the drink.

Orange Bitters: This adds a bit of the citrus’s sweet flavor to balance out the other ingredients. We used Scrappy’s Bitters Orange Bitters because they offer the classic taste of bitter oranges, herbs, and spices.

Tasting Notes

The Pisco Sour features aroma of pisco and citrus, tastes like pisco balanced by the sourness, and has a thick mouthfeel thanks to the egg white.

Our Opinion of This Cocktail Recipe: Overall, we both liked this drink and would make it again! It’s frothy and flavorful. Kendall thought it tasted a bit like lime, which is odd since there’s none in the recipe. And Alex thought it was much lighter and airier compared to the Whiskey Sour, another favorite of his.

Recipe

AuthorThe Essential Cocktail BookPrep Time5 minsRating

Ingredients
 2 oz Pisco
 ¾ oz Homemade Simple Syrup
 ¾ oz Lemon Juice
 1 Egg White
 3 drops Orange Bitters

Method
1

Add pisco, simple syrup, lemon juice, egg white, and ice to a shaker.

2

Shake for 10-20 seconds.

3

Remove ice from shaker.

4

Dry shake for 5-10 more seconds to emulsify egg.

5

Strain into a sour glass.

6

Garnish with three drops orange bitters.

Ingredients

Ingredients
 2 oz Pisco
 ¾ oz Homemade Simple Syrup
 ¾ oz Lemon Juice
 1 Egg White
 3 drops Orange Bitters

Directions

Method
1

Add pisco, simple syrup, lemon juice, egg white, and ice to a shaker.

2

Shake for 10-20 seconds.

3

Remove ice from shaker.

4

Dry shake for 5-10 more seconds to emulsify egg.

5

Strain into a sour glass.

6

Garnish with three drops orange bitters.

Pisco Sour

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More Classic Cocktails

If you like this classic cocktail recipe, here are a few others we’ve tried that you may enjoy:

 Manhattan: A whiskey cocktail made with sweet vermouth, orange bitters, an orange peels, and a cherry

 Vesper Martini: A gin and vodka cocktail made with Lillet Blanc and a lemon twist

 Martinez: A gin cocktail made with sweet vermouth, cherry liqueur, and orange bitters

 Brooklyn: A rye cocktail made with dry vermouth, maraschino liqueur, and Amer Picon

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