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Discovering the Soul of Peru: The Famous Pisco Sour of Lima

Posted by Carmen Maria Guevara Protzel on Aug 8, 2017 12:49:12 PM

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What is a Pisco Sour?

This drink got its name because it’s made with Peruvian Pisco as the base liquor. Pisco is the national spirit of Peru. And the sour is in reference to the sour citrus juice it’s mixed with. It’s made with fresh lemon or lime juice, cane syrup, ice, egg white and Angostura bitter. 

To prepare, press out the citrus fruit and separate one egg white. Pour the Pisco, sugar syrup and lime juice into a shaker. Add the egg white. Top everything off with crushed ice and shake well until the mix gets nice and foamy.

After mixing the cocktail, serve it right away, decorated with a couple of drops Angostura Bitters on top of the foam.

The drink was invented in the 1920s by an American bartender Victor Vaughen Morris who had left the US to work in Cerro de Pasco in 1903. But despite the drink being created by an American, it is being served all over Lima and is the national drink of Peru .

You must be aware that Pisco beverage has its name because the Pisco is produced in Pisco in Southern Peru and its has its name as it has its origin there.

It is also known that the Chilean have their own version of pisco, but it’s made with pica lime and doesn’t contain egg white and the bitters. 

If you find yourself in Lima and are looking for authentic Peruvian gastronomy and a pisco sour to start your meal, here are 3 excellent spots you must check out:

CALA Restaurante & Lounge

Circuito de Playas, Barranco. Lima, Perú


“On the seafront in one of the main gastronomic capitals of the world we find an innovative cuisine of traditional Peruvian flavors fused with the secrets of the Mediterranean.

Commandeered by Alfredo Aramburú and his son Jose Alfredo, they work hand-in-hand experience and creativity with the latest culinary techniques. Presenting a letter full of personality with great variety of dishes and sea freshness. A legacy from father to son that is reflected in every detail as the main key to success.” – CALA

Costazul Seafood Restaurant

899 Calle Berlin, Miraflores, Lima, Perú

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Costazul Seafood Restaurant may be a small space, but it is filled with tradition, dedication, and authentic flavors. They owe it to the strength of Peruvian fisherman and farmers who thanks to their traditional techniques produce the freshest product. Local Peruvian ingredients are what Costazul credits to their delectable dishes. Order the much-praised Ceviche Costazul!

Grand Bolivar Hotel

Jirón de la Unión 958, Lima District, Perú

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Grand Bolivar Hotel has quite a history, and its pisco sour has a reputation. Indeed you’ll find a regular-sized pisco sour, but it is at the Gran Bolivar that you will find The Cathedral, a double pisco sour. Ernest Hemingway was said to have drunk 8 Cathedrals in one sitting at the bar. Other notable celebrity guests who discovered the pisco sour are John Wayne, Ava Gardner, and Orson Welles.

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Carmen Maria Guevara Protzel

Topics: Lima

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