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The Pisco Sour: One Of My Favorite Summer Cocktails

Hi friends! The weekend is upon us and it looks like here in Houston the cycle of daily rain and clouds is lifting!  AND 4th of July is right around the corner! If you’re looking for a different cocktail to serve at your Independence Day festivities I’d like to introduce you to the Pisco Sour!

All in all, I am not a big mixed drinks person. Though, I do love a good margarita and a good martini from time to time! But, I was wanting something different. Something that isn’t offered everywhere you go. HELLO Pisco Sour! I looooove Pisco Sours! Have you tried one?

A Pisco Sour is a cocktail typical of South America. The drink’s name comes from pisco, which is the base liquor, and the term sour is in reference to the sour citrus juice, lime to be exact. Picso is actually a style of brandy common in Peru and Chile which has a bit of tequila flavor!

I had my first Pisco Sour about 5 years ago at a Peruvian restaurant here in Houston – Latin Bites. I was a little skeptical to order it at first but, the bartender highly recommended it! Why was I skeptical, you ask? Well, it has egg whites in it! While I love cooked egg whites, I wasn’t so sure I wanted to drink uncooked ones (icky face)… But, stay with me people! This drink is really good and, you won’t “know” that you are drinking egg whites. The egg whites actually give this tangy drink a smooth, full body. The frothy egg white is actually a favorite part of this drink for me! Plus, you’ll get a little dose of your daily protein intake from the whites 😉 It’s a win-win!

Run, don’t walk to the liquor store and buy a bottle of Pisco to make Pisco Sours this weekend!

If you peruse the internet you will find multiple ways to make a Pisco Sour, like just about any other mixed drink… But, here is how I made mine.

What you will need:

  • 3 ounces Pisco
  • 1 ounce simple syrup – made from scratch by boiling sugar in water (you can jar and save the extra for more drinks)
  • 1 ounce lime or key lime juice
  • 1 egg white – I used the pourable egg whites that come in a carton. It tells you how much to pour out for 1 egg.
  • Angostura Bitters (2-3 dashes) OR cinnamon for sprinkling
  • Ice cubes
  • Cocktail shaker
  • Small measuring cup (like this)



(1) Mix the pisco, lime juice, simple syrup, and egg white in a cocktail shaker.

(2) Add ice to fill, and shake vigorously to mix and produce foam from the egg white.

(3) Strain into and old fashioned glass or other cocktail glass, sprinkle with the Angostura bitters on top of the foam. You can substitute cinnamon if you like. The bitters adds more alcohol. Use sparingly.

(4) Serve and enjoy!

Makes 1 (8 ounce) cocktail or 2 small.

I’d love to know what you think after trying a Pisco Sour. Please comment below. And, if you have another favorite summer cocktail please do share!



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