TGIF! A Yummy Pisco Sour Recipe

I know it is Foodie Friday – but this Friday I thought we would do a drink. This is mostly because I just got the bill for my car repair and I need one.  Also, last time I posted a picture of a pisco sour on my Facebook,  people seemed to approve. Yes, I am that desperate for approval. Also, it is summer, and pisco sours are a yummy and refreshing drink.

Pisco Sour


Before we start, let me say I am not exceptionally finicky about my pisco. Some people will insist on Peruvian pisco and others favor Chilean pisco. Yes, they are slightly different, but they will both work for this recipe.   If you want to embroil yourself in a 400-year-old debate about who has the better pisco, google away. If you want a tasty drink, read on!

Ingredients for 2 Pisco Sours:

  • 3 shots pisco
  • 1 shot fresh lime juice*
  • 1 shot simple syrup*
  • 1 egg white (optional)
  • dash bitters (Chilean or angostura – I’ve never found the Chilean ones locally)

(*adjust lime and simple syrup amounts to taste)

In case you don’t have a jar of simple syrup sitting in your fridge (and, no, I am not wondering what it says about me if I do), you can make it easily. Just put equal parts sugar and water in a saucepan, heat and stir until the sugar dissolves, then let it cool. Now you have simple syrup.

Put all your ingredients except the bitters in a cocktail shaker. Add some crushed ice, and shake the heck out of that thing. If you used the egg, be careful taking the top off the strainer – sometimes the foam gets a little out of hand.

Pisco Porton

Make sure to have more pisco on hand for the next round!

Strain into two cocktail glasses. You will have a little foam even without the egg white. If you used the egg white, you should have a beautiful froth on top.  Add a dash of bitters. If you are artistic, make some lovely foam art with the bitters (sometimes I swirl a toothpick in it, which is the end of my artistic ability).

Now comes the fun part.

Yell PISCO!!

Sit back and enjoy a refreshing cocktail.

This post is dedicated to the Digital Darlings. Last month I was stranded by flood, this month by the car repair. I promise to be at the next Happy Hour – I miss the cheese and sangria you guys!


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3 Responses to TGIF! A Yummy Pisco Sour Recipe

  1. Of course, the bigger question is, What Is Pisco? I even worked as a cocktail waitress back in the day, but it’s not something I’m familiar with.

    • Ahh – I failed to give the long pisco back-story involving having a lot of South American friends in college. Pisco is a sort of brandy produced in Chile and Peru.

      You used to not see it a lot here in the States, but it’s been kind of popular lately – or at least there are quite a few bars serving it here in Austin and our local liquor store has both a Chilean and Peruvian option.