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The Pisco Sour has for many years been one of our favorite cocktails. It is crisp, refreshing and when Peruvians make it, it can knock you down! This cocktail has been emblematic of Peru for us (we don’t believe this idea that Chile invented it one bit! – At least while we are in Peru…) and you know we have already sampled a few here in Lima! In addition to drinking a lot just for fun, we also have been researching the perfect Pisco Sour recipe. It has been exhausting researching: drinking Pisco Sours around town, trying different Pisco Sour recipes at home, and of course talking to locals about how they make their Pisco Sour. But we have come up with our perfect Pisco Sour recipe!
A Pisco Sour is a riff on a traditional brandy sour, made with brandy, lemon, and simple syrup, as Pisco is a grape brandy and most of the grape production here in Peru goes to the making of Pisco and not wine. The Pisco Sour recipe, however, is a little different from a traditional brandy sour as here in Peru, they don’t really have lemons but they do have an abundance of limon peruano or Peruvian limes. Peruvian limes are smaller and are more tropical in flavor than citrus like we are used to here in the states and they also have more juice. If you can’t find Peruvian limes you may want to use key limes to get the closest authentic flavor you can!
Check out the video to see our perfect Pisco Sour recipe and find the print out below!
Perfect Pisco Sour Recipe
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We hope you enjoy trying out this Pisco Sour recipe! Do you have a recipe that you use to make a pisco sour? Have you ever even tried one before? Let us know in the comments! Also, let us know if you enjoyed this video as we really want to start making more cocktail and recipe videos!
Want to Make a Pisco Sour at Home? Here is the Equipment You Need!
Stemless Martini Glasses – The martini glass is the perfect shape for the pisco sour and it seems to be classic choice throughout Peru. We are partial to the stemless version (less chance of knocking them over!)
Citrus Press – When you need A LOT of lime juice nothing makes that easier than a citrus press. Really, this should be a staple in your kitchen.
Bitters – Bitters can be used for a wide range of cocktails but it wouldn’t be the iconic pisco sour without the drop of bitters on top of the egg white 🙂
Boston Shaker Tins – We love using metal tins for shaking up cocktails and you want to make sure you have good ones in order to really froth those egg whites.
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