Try something different this weekend — treat yourself to this exotic Peruvian cocktail. As the national drink of both Chile and Peru, this beverage has remained popular for almost a century.
The main ingredient is pisco, a Peruvian brandy distilled in South America. Pisco has a crisp, tangy flavor by itself. This coincides well with the other ingredients found in the Pisco Sour, providing a taste reminiscent of lemonade with a slightly thicker consistency. It should be noted the drink does call for the use of raw egg whites; while there is minimal risk for salmonella, it is still something that should be considered. That being said, the fear of salmonella hasn’t stopped the Chileans and Peruvians from enjoying this cocktail.
- 2 ounces pisco
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- 1 tablespoon pasteurized egg whites
- ½ cup ice
- Dash of aromatic bitters
1. In a blender, add the pisco, sugar, lime juice, egg whites and ice. Blend until the mixture reaches a smooth consistency.
2. Pour into a martini glass and add bitters.
3. Optionally, garnish with a lime wedge.