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Happy Pisco Sour Day!

There’s only one way to celebrate Pisco Sour Day this weekend – by making this delicious cocktail for yourself and your loved ones. Check out our recipe below.

WHAT IS PISCO SOUR DAY?

In 2003, Peru created the "Día Nacional del Pisco Sour" (National Pisco Sour Day) – an official government holiday celebrated on the first Saturday of February. As popularity for this tangy and refreshing cocktail has grown around the globe, this holiday has been adopted by other countries, making this Saturday (6th February 2021) World Pisco Sour Day!

WHAT IS PISCO?

Pisco is a South American brandy distilled from fermented grape juice using specific grape varietals. It has been produced exclusively in Peru and Chile for centuries. Both countries lay claim to pisco's origins and adhere to regulations that produce distinct styles. The taste varies, ranging from a semi-sweet to dry eau-de-vie. While it's most famous for the pisco sour cocktail, increased distribution worldwide has given pisco a new spotlight among distilled spirits.

Find out more about the Peruvian-Chilean pisco rivalry and how the fruit brandy is made in our Intro to Pisco blog.

RECIPE: PISCO SOUR

Most accounts agree that the drink’s genesis is tied to bartender Victor Morris, who is thought to have developed the frothy cocktail at his Lima bar around 1915. Blending pisco, lime juice, egg white and Angostura bitters, the Pisco Sour is earthy, sweet and tart—a cocktail worth fighting over.

Difficulty: **

Strength: Sipper

Flavour profile: Tart, Sweet, Bright

INGREDIENTS (Serves 1)

- 60 ml pisco

- 30 ml fresh lime juice

- 30 ml simple syrup 

- 1 egg white

- 3 drops of Angostura bitters

HOW TO MAKE IT

1. Add the pisco, freshly squeezed lime juice and simple syrup to a shaker. Shake without ice – this will help the foam to develop

2. Add ice to the shaker and shake again until cool

3. Strain into a coupe glass and let the foam settle before finishing with a few drops of bright Angostura bitters

RECIPE VARIATION

The Chilean Pisco Sour with no egg white makes for a great vegan alternative to this traditional cocktail.