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Pisco Sour

Pisco sour cocktails

(Chilean-Peruvian brandy cocktail)

Average: 3.3 (12 votes)

Pisco is a type of brandy made from muscat grapes that is found in Peru and Chile. Even though it is named after Peruvian town, both countries claim the pisco sour as their national drink.

Makes 2 cocktails


  • Pisco brandy -- 6 ounces
  • Lemon juice -- 2 ounces
  • Ice cubes -- 4 to 6
  • Egg white -- 1
  • Superfine sugar -- 1 or 2 tablespoons


  1. Add the pisco, lemon juice and ice cubes to a bar shaker.
  2. Beat the egg white and sugar together in a bowl with a fork to dissolve the sugar. Add to the bar shaker and shake vigorously 9 to 12 times.
  3. Strain into chilled cocktail glasses and enjoy.

Pisco Sour Variations

  • Use lime juice instead of lemon juice.
  • To make your own superfine sugar, just run regular sugar in a blender for a minute or two. Use more or less sugar if you like. Or substitute simple syrup.
  • Add a dash or two of angostura bitters to each drink.


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