Friday, April 15, 2011

pucker up for some pisco perfection.

After a long week, everyone deserves a fancy cocktail or two to start the weekend off right.  One of my favorite drinks is a Peruvian concoction, the Pisco Sour. Tart and refreshing, yet still silky and smooth from a touch of luscious egg white, this cocktail is my go-to luxury libation. Most of my favorite spots serve it in vintage-inspired champagne coupes, which only add to its glamorous, indulgent appeal.  Often made with lime juice, I came across this recipe from Audrey Saunders of the Bemelman's Bar at the Carlyle Hotel in NYC - she lightens things up a bit with a refreshing squeeze of lemon instead.* Nothing is better than a little old mixed with some new, right? 

While you're sipping and musing about the glorious weekend ahead (with a fabulously frothy little pisco mustache!), note that this swanky little piece of Peruvian culture was popularized by Town & Country food and drinks editor, Charles Baker, in the forties. Talk about good taste (with a little punch!)...

Photo coutesy of Gourmet Magazine.

1 1/2 ounces ABA Pisco brandy
3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
1 ounce simple syrup
1 small egg white

Angostura bitters for garnish 

Measure all ingredients except the bitters into a mixing glass. Shake well for at least 10 seconds, to emulsify the egg white, and strain into a chilled martini glass. Drop the bitters on the surface of the drink to create a circular pattern. Drag a toothpick through the droplets to swirl.

*For Purists and Type-A drinkers who prefer lime and/or don't have time to concoct simple syrups, click here for an easy, traditional recipe. Cheers! xx


  1. yummy! i need one of these after the week ive had!! sheesh! haha adorable blog so happy im following you now. hope youll follow me too!


  2. Yum! That sounds good...though I'm hot sure if I'd sacrifice Mojitos and Cosmopolitans for it ;-) xo

  3. I had this in Peru and thought it was too strong for me! But I would love to try out this recipe, because I think my husband will love it!

  4. Looks quite refreshing. Just the thing for a hot summer day (hopefully coming very soon).


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