All you need to know about Pisco Sour, excellent Peruvian drink

November 16, 2015  —  By


Pisco Sour is a clear spirit, distilled from grapes, widely consumed and produced in both Chile and Peru. Historically, Pisco has been the matter of heated dispute between the two countries, both of them claiming Pisco is theirs.

To better understand it you need to know these simple facts:

– Cultivation and production of the Pisco started in Peru.

– Pisco is a port in Peru from where the drink was first exported.

– Organisation of Intellectual Property Rights in Geneva recently ruled that Pisco is a Peruvian product.

– Chile produces, exports and drinks almost 15 times more Pisco than does Peru.

But the debate doesn’t stop here… the Pisco Sour was invented by an English sailor in Iquique, a Chilean City which used to be Peruvian until the Pacific War when Chile took it. However, the recipe was greatly improved in Lima (Peru), many years later…And so it goes on.

If you want to keep friends in South America, when a Peruvian asks you who makes the best pisco sour, you say “Peru!”. When a Chilean asks you, you say, “Chile!”. If you are in a room with both Peruvians and Chileans then we can’t help but we’d love to hear your experiences!

So now that you know the history, here is the recipe:



  • Pure Quebranta Pisco
  • Icing (powdered) sugar
  • Lime (ideally key lime or similarly potent) juice
  • Egg white
  • Ice cubes
  • Angostura Bitters


  • In a cocktail shaker mix Pisco and fresh lime juice in a ratio of anywhere between 3:1 and 3:2.
  • Add sugar, usually about a tablespoon.
  • Now add the egg white, lots of ice and shake vigorously.
  • Adjust sweet/sour to suit.
  • Serve in short, stubby glasses with three drops of Angostura Bitters.

The drink should be a delicate green with a slight white foamy head on it… Enjoy in moderation! Pisco sour is traditionally an aperitif. Those in the know, know that whilst easy to drink these little chaps, if you have more than two before dinner you risk not being able to distinguish your knife from your fork.