Pisco Sour

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Recipe for Pisco Sour

Ingredients

  • 1 egg white
  • 2 1/2 ounces Pisco Capel (see note)
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup
  • 3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • Angostura Bitters (see note, below)

Preparations

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

Note:
·In this recipe, any Chilean Pisco will do, but be aware that Chilean and Peruvian Piscos are not interchangeable. Chilean Pisco is sweeter and has a slightly lower proof. So if you use the Peruvian stuff, adjust the amount of lemon juice and simple syrup accordingly. Both kinds are available at many good liquor stores.
·Chilean Amargo bitters are virtually impossible to buy in the U.S., but easy-to-find Angostura Bitters make an acceptable substitute. Yet since, as Ryan McGrale says, they are “sharper and spicier, go a little lighter on the bitters if you’re using Angostura.”
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