Pisco Sour

Occasionally I try to explain to my gringo friends how to make Pisco Sour, the Peruvian national drink. This video does a much better job than I can, and it’s funny to boot. Otto posted it a while back, but it’s worth repeating. All of the commentary the bartender adds is quite true, by the way.

Here’s what you need to know about Pisco:

  • It’s Peruvian, not Chilean. The drink is named after the town of Pisco, just south of Lima.
  • Peruvians often have a Pisco Sour as an appetizer, but you can also drink Pisco in shots or mixed with Sprite, etc.
  • It can be rather funny to see gringos here in Cusco drink Pisco… combine the elevation, the fact that they are away from home, and the smooth taste of Pisco Sour and they get more than a bit tipsy…

Tomorrow we’re making a big jar of Pisco Sour right here at our house 😉

5 thoughts on “Pisco Sour

  1. que rico!!! now I want some! I miss having pisco sour, algarrabina, or simple pisco and sprite. So many people say pisco with sprite isn’t classy, but that’s their opinion. When at a club and craving pisco, shots or chilcano or simpler pisco and sprite is faster, and also more economical. Sometimes when entering certain clubs or bars with a large group a bottle of pisco and everess or something is complementary. I’ll take it!!!

  2. A great chilcano:

    Pisco, 3 use cubs and Ginger Ale (or Canada dry) is better; don’t use Sprite. Also use 1/2 lemon and 1 spoon of dilute sugar.


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