Pisco Sour

Pisco Sour

The pisco sour is sweet-tart, richly textured and crowned with a fluffy white top. The origins of the drink, a blend of pisco (a South American brandy), citrus, sugar and egg white, come with some debate as to whether it originated in Chile or Peru. But it is most commonly said to have been created in the early 20th century by Victor Morris, an American expatriate in Peru. While this recipe calls for using exclusively lime juice, a combination of fresh lime and lemon juice (1/2 ounce lemon, 1/2 ounce lime) works as well. Just don’t skip the aromatic bitters, added as a final garnish and often in a decorative pattern: They contribute to the drink’s final aesthetic and aroma.
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  • Serves: 1 person



  1. Step 1

    Prepare the simple syrup: In a small saucepan, combine sugar with 1/4 cup water. Heat over low, stirring frequently, just until sugar dissolves, about 3 minutes. Refrigerate if not using immediately. (Remaining syrup will keep in the fridge for up to 1 month.)
  2. Step 2

    In a cocktail shaker, combine the pisco, lime juice, egg white and 3/4 ounce simple syrup. Cover and shake vigorously for 10 seconds. Add ice to the shaker, cover again and shake vigorously until chilled, about 10 to 15 seconds more. Double-strain into a chilled coupe or Nick and Nora glass. Garnish with bitters.