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Monday 28 September 2009

Cocktail Hour: Pisco Sour

If you're bored of the (frankly wonderful) margarita, then maybe the Pisco Sour is the drink for you. Pisco is a Peruvian Brandy so it's not a spirit that's very common over here. That said, over in America it's getting as popular as the mojito and even has its very own national day (I approve of all cocktails having their own day, that's a great idea).

Where does the drink come from? Apparently the King of Spain banned wine in the 17th century so the Peruvians were forced to create alcohol from other goodies - lime and brandy in this case. Luckily, the results were rather tasty.

To make a Pisco Sour, you'll need these things:
  • 50ml Pisco Brandy
  • 25ml lime juice
  • 10ml simple syrup
  • 1 egg white
  • dash of bitters
You'll need to do these things:

Shake everything apart from the bitters together with ice, making sure the egg whites have turned into a light foam. Pout into an old-fashioned and drop in three drops of bitters. Put them in a row and then run a cocktail stick through the middle of the drops to make a fancy pattern.

Flickr image from twohelmetscooking's photostream.


  1. oh I love these...the taste always reminds me of lemon meringue pie! Amazing stuff.

  2. More things should taste of lemon meringue.


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