You want a cocktail not too sweet or syrupy, but not too bitter either. You want the thick and frothy crema to shiver atop the glass. You want a Pisco Sour. The traditional Peruvian drink is a symbol of national pride. It even has its own holiday – the first Saturday of February. It’s ingredients vary, but a basic recipe includes Pisco, a regional brandy, Peruvian lemon juice (which is more like a lime), beaten egg whites, sugar syrup, and Angostura bitters.
Legend has it
Legend has it that Spanish colonizers experimented with native Quebranta grapes until they came close to something resembling a brandy. The concoction was named after the port from which it was exported, Pisco, south of Lima. The Morris Bar in Lima coined the Pisco Sour at the beginning of the 1900s, and soon after, hotels around the city were serving the cocktail.
Where to find the best piscos in Lima
The locals will debate for hours over the finest place to down a Pisco Sour in Lima. But you’re guaranteed a lip-smacking good time at any of the following places.
Ave 28 de Julio 888, Miraflores
This small deli and sit-down restaurant can serve up a mean Pisco Sour. Their menu covers all the basics and makes a great introduction to Peruvian food.
Brujas del Cachiche Restaurant, Calle Bolognesi 460, Miraflores
This traditional Peruvian restaurant mixes fruity Piscos, and the Pisco sour, also known as the bruja (“witch”) sour, is made with crushed coca leaves.
Atahualpa 201, Lima 18 Peru
Save your pennies so you can splurge on this pricier place. If you want to sit down at this sophisticated Italian restaurant, make sure to get a reservation. Otherwise you can head straight for the bar.
Hotel Country Club
The bartender at this English bar must be doing something right, because he´s won the annual Pisco Sour contest twice in a row.
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Kaitlin is a contributing writer for our travel blog.