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Pisco Sour Recipe | Cocktails to Drink in Peru

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The Pisco Sour was created by American bartender, Victor Morris at his bar in Lima, Peru in the early 1900s. It is now known as the national cocktail of Peru. The cocktail is a variation of the whiskey sour however the whiskey is substituted for pisco and the lemon for lime. For anyone wondering what is pisco, it is a brandy primarily made in Peru and Chile. Learn how to make your very own with this Pisco Sour at home. This Pisco Sour recipe will have you feeling like you’re in Peru.

pisco sour cocktail in rocks glass with lime and bottle

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What You’ll Need

Limes (2 regular-size lime is enough for 1 drink)
Angostura Bitters
Paring Knife
Cutting Board
Citrus Squeezer
Small Mesh Strainer
Cocktail Shaker & Strainer

pisco sour cocktail in rocks glass with lime barsol pisco bottle
Pisco Recommendations

While gathering your pisco sour ingredients, the most important is the pisco itself. I recommend using Barsol Pisco Peru Brandy or Caravedo Pisco Puro Quebranta Brandy, which is at a slightly lower price point. 

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Pisco Sour Recipe

2 ounces – Pisco
1 – Egg White
1 ounce – Fresh-squeezed Lime Juice
1/2 ounce – Simple Syrup
1/4 ounce – Agave Syrup
3 dashes of  Angostura Bitters

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How to Make a Pisco Sour

To make your Pisco Sour begin by making your simple syrup. All you need is equal parts of sugar and water. You’ll place it on low heat and let it simmer for about 20 minutes or until all the sugar has dissolved. Let it cool, then refrigerate.

The next step is to juice your limes. I suggest using a citrus squeezer and straining the pulp with a small mesh strainer. Lime isn’t usually very full of pulp when using a citrus squeezer but I like doing this to make sure I get all the little bits out.

Then build the cocktail in your cocktail shaker. First, you’ll crack an egg in half and separate the yolk. Drop only the egg whites into your shaker. Then add pisco, lime juice, and simple syrup. Dry shake the ingredients for 15 seconds. This will make the cocktail extra frothy. Then fill your shaker with ice and shake again for 15 seconds. 

Last, you’ll pour your cocktail into a coupe or rocks glass. Add three dashes of bitters to the top on top of the frothy layer. And there you have it, a classic Pisco Sour!

pisco sour cocktail in rocks glass with lime

If you have a lot of leftover pisco you can also make a Pisco Punch or Chilcano.


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Tommy Brunett at 8:37 am

Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe, absolutely loved it. I have been trying out sour whiskey these past few days. I am definitely trying it out this holiday weekend.

Jeanine at 1:25 pm

Thanks! Glad you liked it. Enjoy your cocktail!

Whitney North at 6:32 am

That was cool recipe what I liked most. Thanks for sharing this. Hole I will make it very soon.

Jeanine at 5:12 pm

Thanks! Hope you enjoy it.

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