Pisco Party, People!
On a trip in or through South America, there will be one drink that you just cannot miss. At least in Chile or Peru – Pisco. This traditional liquor, a brandy, is made by distilling fermented grape juice. It tastes especially good in the form of Pisco Sour.
You have probably heard about it, but what exactly is in it? Depending on the region, the drink is mixed slightly different. Sometimes with, sometimes without, egg white. Further down in the article we share our preferred recipe with you guys.
„You’ve got to take the sour with the bitter.“
All recipes have one thing in common. You will need a whole bunch of fresh lemons, Pisco and sugar cane syrup. Please do not think, you can skip the dash of bitter at the end! It is basically the soul of a good Pisco Sour.
This tasty mixed drink in not just full of Vitamin C (and sugar, ok, ok!), it is also quickly prepared. Especially on hot summer days, this cocktail should be on the menu for every garden party.
Less Vitamin C preferred?
For all of you that are not the biggest fans of lemon-sour mixed drinks, there is good news for you: You can also enjoy it as a long drink, mixed with coke for example.
Or for the gourmets, also pure and un-mixed.
On the Chilean pacific island Rapa Nui, or Easter Island, we personally convinced ourselves and sampled many variations for you guys. However, for us, there is only the one and only version of Pisco – Pisco Sour. With a lot of freshly squeezed lemon juice. But it is a known fact that tastes differ. Therefore, give the exotic, versatile Pisco a chance and find you own favorite.
The recipe – ¡Salud!
As promised we share our favorite mixture with you. In our version, we do not add the egg white because the recipe is based on a Chilean family recipe. But you should try both, just so you see what you like better.
For two glasses of Pisco Sour you need a shaker, ice cubes and:
80 ml Pisco
40 ml cane sugar syrup (from Monin or Riemerschmid Bar-Sirup)
60 ml freshly squeezed lemon juice (this is key!)
A few squirts of bitter (Angostura bitter or Amargo Chuncho bitter).
[If you choose the variation with egg white, just add one fresh egg white to the shaker.]
First, put the ice cubes in the shaker (6-8 ice cubes, depending on the size). Add Pisco, sugar syrup, lemon juice, and egg white (if you want). And now shake!!
Pour into two glasses and garnish with 3-5 drops of bitter.
From experience, we can report that you will probably not just have two glasses, so feel free to double the ingredients. May summer arrive soon! And with that, there is just one thing left to be said: ¡Salud!