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Happy Hour: Pisco Sour

The other night I found myself at Nopa, a San Francisco restaurant known for its great food and equally respectable drinks. My drink of choice was the pisco sour, the slightly sweet, tart, frothy lemon cocktail made with pisco, a regional South American brandy. This is a wonderful concoction and I'm excited to re-create it at home.

If you don't own pisco, you can find it at a well-stocked liquor store or online. The pisco sour and its namesake spirit have been at the center of a centuries-old battle between Chile and Peru, with both countries claiming it their own.

Note that this recipe calls for Chilean pisco, which is sweeter, with slightly lower alcohol content than Peruvian pisco. If you substitute Peruvian pisco, increase the amount of simple syrup and lemon juice according to your taste. To get the recipe to this lovely Latin libation,


Pisco Sour

Pisco Sour

Pisco Sour


  1. 1 egg white
  2. 2 1/2 ounces Chilean Pisco Capel
  3. 1/2 ounce simple syrup
  4. 3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
  5. Angostura Bitters


  1. In cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine egg white, Pisco, simple syrup, and lemon juice.
  2. Cover, shake vigorously for 15 seconds, and strain into six-ounce cocktail glass.
  3. Top with a few drops of bitters.

Makes 1.

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