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Pisco Sour

Pisco Bars in Lima, Peru

by admin on June 13, 2011

Many travelers who visit Peru want to try the national cocktail, the Pisco Sour. Living in Peru recently featured a list of the top five pisco bars in Lima. Cala Restaurante and Lounge in Barranco tops their list, with creative pisco cocktails and a beautiful view of the Pacific ocean. Aside from perfect Pisco Sours, Cala also offers drinks like “El Verdecito,” a frozen cocktail that features fresh spearmint and Pisco Italia. Other bars that received a spot on the list include Pisco Bar, El 550 Kriollo Gurmet, and Astrid & Gaston, all in Miraflores, the most upscale section of Lima. El Bar Ingles in San Isidro is also mentioned. Although these spots may be the most trendy places to try a Pisco Sour, you’ll find this popular drink on almost any menu. It’s up to you to decide who makes it best.

Pisco Sour: National Drink of Peru

by admin on October 12, 2008

During my travels in Peru, I’ve enjoyed an ancient country with deep cultural roots, friendly people and impressive native cuisine, including the national drink of Peruvians, the Pisco Sour. I’m not much of a drinker but this is my exception: exotic, elegant and a perfect compliment to Peruvian cuisine.

The Pisco Sour looks as delightful as it tastes. The simplicity of the ingredients belies the flavor. An easy recipe, Pisco Sour is 3 parts Pisco Brandy, 1 1/2 parts freshly squeezed lime juice, 1-2 tablespoons of sugar syrup and topped with heavenly froth of egg white. I found the Pisco Sour unlike any other versions of a “Sour”.

Pisco Brandy is unique, distilled from grape juice rather than aged wine, and more flavorful than Chilean brandies. Often, it is served with a dash of freshly grated cinnamon. With each sip, I am reminded of the hundreds of wonderful memories I have of Peru and its people.