Friday, May 8, 2009

Pisco Sours and Cholopolitans for Everyone!

If you have ever been to Peru, you will know that the best loved drink of Peru is the Pisco Sour. We started off our cooking class at La Gloria del Campo with this refreshing drink.

Pisco is a clear liquor distilled from grapes. It can be used in many types of cocktails but most traditionally in the Pisco Sour.

How is a Pisco Sour made? First the Pisco is shaken with lime juice and simple syrup and poured into a glass. Then a frothy foam of egg white is added to the top with a dash of Angostura bitters. This drink is easily consumed and surprisingly potent!

In addition to Pisco Sours, we tried another concoction with Pisco, the Cholopolitan from Astrid Y Gaston.

This fruity Pisco martini was right up my alley and I highly recommend it. Now that we have had Pisco, we are anxious to experiment with it and add it to our bar!

Perhaps more Pisco cocktails coming soon!


salsita said...

Perhaps I should be invited ;)

Monica said...

i just found out that Pisco was widely used in the West coast in the 1850s, and that the "Pisco Punch" drink was created in San Francisco by Duncan Nicol... andin 1937 was said to be (according to the founder of the New Yorker) ... "In the old days in San Francisco there was a famous drink called Pisco Punch, made from Pisco, a Peruvian brandy... pisco punch used to taste like lemonade but had a kick like vodka, or worse."

Funny, huh? Hopefully Pisco will make its comeback in our lovely San Francisco?

Unknown said...

M, you are completely right! If you are ever in the mood for a great Pisco Punch in Lima, go to Malabar. Definitely my favorite! They make it with 1 ½ oz quebranta pisco, 1 oz pineapple squares macerated in gum syrup, 2 oz water and 1 ¼ oz lemon (3/4 oz Peruvian lemon), 1 cherry. If you are trying it at home, make sure you chill your glass with a lot of ice before pouring in the mixture. Salud!

Pisco Lover said...

“a fine aromatic brandy” as it is an acholado style pisco.We also carry a freeze-dried Pisco Sour and Pisco Punch Mix produced in Lima, Peru. This mix is designed to duplicate the “original” San Francisco Pisco Punch. I agree that gum arabic and simple syrup are important ingredients in the formula as well as the style and purity of INCA GOLD PISCO.