Pisco Sour Cocktail Drink

Pisco Sour

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Are you looking for a new go-to drink? This Pisco Sour recipe is easy to make, and the ingredients create a cocktail that’s hard to resist.

Pisco Sour Recipe

Make your night memorable with our Pisco Sour recipe! It's a simple mix of Pisco, lime juice, simple syrup, and egg white for a drink you'll love.

Prep time:

1 minute

Mixing time:

1 minute

Servings:

1

Calories:

231 kl

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Pisco
  • 1 oz fresh lime juice
  • 1 oz simple syrup
  • 1 egg white
  • Ice cubes
  • 1-2 dashes Angostura aromatic bitters, optional

Equipment

  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Strainer
  • Old Fashioned Glass

Instructions

  • Add Angostura Bitters: Add 1-2 dashes Angostura aromatic bitters to the shaker.
  • Add Egg White: Separate 1 egg white and add it to the shaker.
  • Add Simple Syrup: Add 1 oz simple syrup to the mix.
  • Add Lime Juice: Measure and pour 1 oz fresh lime juice into the shaker.
  • Add Pisco: Pour 2 oz Pisco into the shaker.
  • Shake Well: Seal the shaker and shake vigorously for 15-20 seconds.
  • Prep Shaker: Fill your cocktail shaker with ice cubes and shake again.
  • Shake again: Shake for about 15-20 seconds one more time.
  • Strain: Strain the mixture into an Old Fashioned glass filled with ice.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Pisco: A clear grape brandy is a decent substitute if you are still looking for Pisco. I've also used white rum for a different but enjoyable twist.
  • Lime Juice: Fresh lemon juice can replace lime juice but will slightly alter the flavor profile.
  • Simple Syrup: If you're out of simple syrup, you can dissolve sugar in hot water to make your own. A 1:1 ratio of sugar to water works well.

Making a Pitcher:

  • Scale: To serve 8 people, multiply all the ingredients by 8. Combine 16 oz of Pisco, 8 oz of lime juice, 8 oz of simple syrup, and the whites of 8 eggs in a large pitcher.
  • Mix: Use a hand blender to mix all the ingredients until frothy.
  • Serve: Pour the mixture into ice-filled Old Fashioned glasses, garnish with Angostura bitters, and serve immediately.

Driving it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Pisco Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic white grape juice as a substitute for Pisco.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use this non-alcoholic substitute and follow the original steps to enjoy a non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

  • Egg White Substitute: Use aquafaba (the liquid from a can of chickpeas) as a vegan substitute for egg white. About 1 oz should do the trick.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use aquafaba instead of egg white and follow the original steps for a vegan Pisco Sour.

Nutrition Facts

Calories
231
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
0.1
g
0
%
Sodium
 
64
mg
3
%
Carbohydrates
 
24
g
8
%
Fiber
 
0.1
g
0
%
Sugar
 
22
g
24
%
Potassium
 
98
mg
3
%
Protein
 
3
g
6
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
0.01
g
Vitamin A
 
14
IU
0
%
Vitamin C
 
9
mg
11
%
Calcium
 
10
mg
1
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%

 

Pisco Sour Cocktail Drink

Pisco Sour Recipe

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Make your night memorable with our Pisco Sour recipe! It's a simple mix of Pisco, lime juice, simple syrup, and egg white for a drink you'll love.
Prep time: 1 minute
Mixing time: 1 minute
Servings: 1
Calories: 231

Ingredients
 

  • 2 oz Pisco
  • 1 oz fresh lime juice
  • 1 oz simple syrup
  • 1 egg white
  • Ice cubes
  • 1-2 dashes Angostura aromatic bitters - optional

Equipment

  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Strainer
  • Old Fashioned Glass

Instructions

  • Add Angostura Bitters: Add 1-2 dashes Angostura aromatic bitters to the shaker.
  • Add Egg White: Separate 1 egg white and add it to the shaker.
  • Add Simple Syrup: Add 1 oz simple syrup to the mix.
  • Add Lime Juice: Measure and pour 1 oz fresh lime juice into the shaker.
  • Add Pisco: Pour 2 oz Pisco into the shaker.
  • Shake Well: Seal the shaker and shake vigorously for 15-20 seconds.
  • Prep Shaker: Fill your cocktail shaker with ice cubes and shake again.
  • Shake again: Shake for about 15-20 seconds one more time.
  • Strain: Strain the mixture into an Old Fashioned glass filled with ice.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Pisco: A clear grape brandy is a decent substitute if you are still looking for Pisco. I've also used white rum for a different but enjoyable twist.
  • Lime Juice: Fresh lemon juice can replace lime juice but will slightly alter the flavor profile.
  • Simple Syrup: If you're out of simple syrup, you can dissolve sugar in hot water to make your own. A 1:1 ratio of sugar to water works well.

Making a Pitcher:

  • Scale: To serve 8 people, multiply all the ingredients by 8. Combine 16 oz of Pisco, 8 oz of lime juice, 8 oz of simple syrup, and the whites of 8 eggs in a large pitcher.
  • Mix: Use a hand blender to mix all the ingredients until frothy.
  • Serve: Pour the mixture into ice-filled Old Fashioned glasses, garnish with Angostura bitters, and serve immediately.

Driving it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Pisco Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic white grape juice as a substitute for Pisco.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use this non-alcoholic substitute and follow the original steps to enjoy a non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

  • Egg White Substitute: Use aquafaba (the liquid from a can of chickpeas) as a vegan substitute for egg white. About 1 oz should do the trick.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use aquafaba instead of egg white and follow the original steps for a vegan Pisco Sour.

 

What is a Pisco Sour?

Pisco Sour is a cocktail that combines Pisco, lime juice, simple syrup, and egg whites. This drink has roots in both Peru and Chile and is a subject of national pride in both countries. The Pisco Sour is a versatile cocktail that fits a variety of occasions, from casual gatherings to formal events. You don’t have to be a bartender to appreciate its balanced flavors. Pisco Sour stands as an IBA-recognized cocktail, a testament to its global allure and timeless charm, blending tradition with tantalizing flavors in every glass!

A side shot of a Pisco Sour cocktail in an old fashioned glass on a coaster placed on a white marmol table with a lemon and a straw on the side

What is in a Pisco Sour – The ingredients

Use the following ingredients for making a Pisco Sour:

  • Pisco: The base spirit that gives the cocktail its characteristic grape flavor and kick.
  • Lime Juice: Adds the tartness that balances the sweetness and enhances the Pisco.
  • Simple Syrup: Provides the sweetness that complements the tartness of the lime juice.
  • Egg White: Creates a frothy texture and smooth mouthfeel, rounding out the drink.
  • Ice Cubes: Chills the cocktail, making it refreshing and enjoyable.
  • Angostura Bitters (optional): A few dashes can add complexity and aroma, often used as a garnish.

Pisco, Lime Juice, Simple Syrup, Egg and Angostura Bitters laid out on a white bar table

How do you make a Pisco Sour?

Try a Pisco Sour with our easy to follow steps

1
<p>Fill your old fashioned glass with ice cubes to chill.</p>

Fill your old fashioned glass with ice cubes to chill.

2
<p>Optionally, drop 2 dash of angostura in your shaker, for some bitterness.</p>

Optionally, drop 2 dash of angostura in your shaker, for some bitterness.

3
<p>Separate an egg white and include it in the shaker to add a frothy texture to the drink.</p>

Separate an egg white and include it in the shaker to add a frothy texture to the drink.

4
<p>Add 1 oz of simple syrup to balance the tartness with sweetness.</p>

Add 1 oz of simple syrup to balance the tartness with sweetness.

5
<p>Measure and add 1 oz of fresh lime juice to the shaker to bring in the tartness.</p>

Measure and add 1 oz of fresh lime juice to the shaker to bring in the tartness.

6
<p>Pour 2 oz of Pisco into the shaker, making it the foundation of your cocktail.</p>

Pour 2 oz of Pisco into the shaker, making it the foundation of your cocktail.

7
<p>Seal the shaker tightly and shake vigorously for about 15-20 seconds to mix all the ingredients well and create a frothy layer from the egg white.</p>

Seal the shaker tightly and shake vigorously for about 15-20 seconds to mix all the ingredients well and create a frothy layer from the egg white.

8
<p>Ice up the shaker.</p>

Ice up the shaker.

9
<p>Shake again to chill your drink.</p>

Shake again to chill your drink.

10
<p>Strain the shaken mixture into an Old Fashioned glass filled with ice to keep the cocktail chilled.</p>

Strain the shaken mixture into an Old Fashioned glass filled with ice to keep the cocktail chilled.

11
<p>Enjoy your Pisco Sour!</p>

Enjoy your Pisco Sour!

What is the difference between a Whiskey Sour and a Pisco Sour?

A Pisco Sour uses Pisco as its base spirit, while a Whiskey Sour relies on whiskey. The grape-based Pisco gives the Pisco Sour a lighter, more aromatic profile, whereas whiskey lends a deeper, more robust flavor to the Whiskey Sour. Lime juice is the citrus of choice in a Pisco Sour, while lemon juice typically brightens up a Whiskey Sour. Both cocktails use simple syrup for sweetness, but a Pisco Sour often includes an egg white to create a frothy texture. In contrast, a Whiskey Sour may or may not have egg white, depending on personal preference or regional style. Finally, a Pisco Sour often gets a dash of Angostura bitters as a garnish, while a Whiskey Sour usually skips the bitters and opts for a cherry or lemon twist instead.

Pisco Sour without egg

A Pisco Sour without egg lacks the frothy texture and smooth mouthfeel that the egg white typically provides. The absence of egg white results in a clearer, more straightforward blend of Pisco, lime juice, and simple syrup. While still flavorful and refreshing, this version is less creamy and doesn’t have the frothy top layer many associate with a traditional Pisco Sour.

Best Pisco Sour Mocktail

The Pisco Sour Mocktail offers a great way to enjoy the classic flavors of the original without the alcohol. For the base, you can use non-alcoholic white grape juice to mimic the grape notes of Pisco. Lime juice and simple syrup stay the same, providing that essential tartness and sweetness. Instead of egg white, you can use aquafaba, the liquid from a can of chickpeas, to create the frothy texture that makes the drink so unique. Just shake all the ingredients well, strain into a glass, and get a refreshing, alcohol-free version.

A Pisco sour cocktail, shot from above, in a old fashioned glass on a coaster placed on a white marmol table sorrounded by a lemon, a lemon slice and a straw.

Variations

Want to try other twists? We got a few top picks:

  • Mango Pisco Sour: This introduces ripe mango puree, bringing a tropical twist that wonderfully complements the grape notes of Pisco. The mango adds a lush, fruity sweetness that I find irresistibly refreshing, especially on a hot summer day. Its vibrant flavor and color make it a joyful and exotic treat.
  • Passion Fruit Pisco Sour: This utilizes passion fruit juice, adding an exotic, tart edge that pairs beautifully with the Pisco. The passion fruit’s sharp tartness cuts through the sweetness, creating a delightful balance. I love the invigorating zing it brings, making every sip a lively and tantalizing experience.

History and Origins

The Pisco Sour has a rich history rooted in South America, specifically in Peru and Chile; both claim the cocktail as their own. In Peru, the drink traces its origins back to the early 20th century, when an American bartender named Victor Morris opened a bar in Lima. Morris initially created the drink as a variation of the Whiskey Sour, substituting Pisco for whiskey. The cocktail quickly gained popularity among locals and visitors alike.

A side shot of a Pisco Sour cocktail in a old fashioned glass on a coaster placed on a white marmol table with a lemon and a straw on the side

Pisco Sour in Chile

In Chile, the cocktail also enjoys a long-standing tradition, often associated with the country’s Pisco-producing regions. Chilean Pisco Sours typically differ in the type of Pisco used and sometimes omit the egg white, but the essence of the drink remains the same.

Both countries celebrate the drink with national holidays, and debates over its origin continue.

 

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FAQ

How many calories are in a Pisco Sour?
It approximately contain 200-250 calories, depending on the specific ingredients used.
How strong is a Pisco Sour in terms of ABV and proof?
The strength varies, but it typically has an ABV of around 20-25% and a proof of 40-50.
What type of alcohol is used in a Pisco Sour?
Pisco, a grape brandy, is the base alcohol.
In which glass is a Pisco Sour typically served?
Generally, the cocktail is served in an Old Fashioned glass.
What does a Pisco Sour taste like?
The drink has balanced flavor profile, featuring tartness from lime juice, sweetness from simple syrup, and a smooth, frothy texture from egg white.
What is the ratio of ingredients in a Pisco Sour?
The classic ratio is 2 oz of Pisco, 1 oz of lime juice, and 1 oz of simple syrup, along with one egg white.
How is a Pisco Sour served in terms of ice and presentation?
It's is usually served over ice in an Old Fashioned glass, and it may be garnished with a few dashes of Angostura bitters.

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