Learn How to Make the Perfect Pisco Sour

The Pisco Sour cocktail is one of the few drinks that perfectly balances sour, sweet, and bitter flavors, making it a refreshing drink for any occasion. The drink traces its origin back to Peru in the early 1920s, where Victor Morris first concocted it, and it has since become a national drink alongside the world-renowned traditional Ceviche.

The cocktail is made from simple ingredients found in most home bars such as pisco (Peruvian grape brandy), lime juice, simple syrup, egg whites and a dash of Angostura bitters. It may sound complicated to make, but I can assure you that preparing this Peruvian cocktail is easier than you think.

I have chosen to share with you today this Classic Peruvian Pisco Sour recipe that will provide you with all the tips and tricks to make the perfect sour cocktail. Whether you want to impress your friends at a party or indulge in a refreshing drink on a warm summer evening at home, this Pisco Sour recipe is undoubtedly the perfect choice for you.

So go ahead, dust off that cocktail shaker from the back of your pantry and let’s get started on making yourself one of the most famous Peruvian cocktails, The Pisco Sour!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Traditional Pisco Sour (Peruvian Cocktail)
Traditional Pisco Sour (Peruvian Cocktail)

Are you looking to add a little Peruvian flair to your cocktail game? Look no further than the traditional Pisco Sour recipe! This famous Peruvian cocktail, recognized as the country’s national drink, has gained international acclaim for its unique and delicious flavor.

But what exactly makes this cocktail so special? For one, it’s made with Pisco – a grape brandy that is always distilled in copper stills. Pisco gives the cocktail a rich, slightly fruity flavor that is sure to impress your taste buds.

But the secret ingredient that really sets this cocktail apart is egg whites. Don’t let this ingredient intimidate you – when added properly it gives the Pisco Sour a frothy and velvety texture that complements the tangy lime juice and sweet syrup perfectly.

Trust me, once you try the Pisco Sour cocktail, it might just become your new favorite drink. Whether you’re hosting a party or just enjoying happy hour at home, this classic Peruvian sour recipe is sure to impress. So why not give it a try?

Ingredient List

 A sea of frothy goodness in a glass!
A sea of frothy goodness in a glass!

Ingredients for a Traditional Pisco Sour:

  • Pisco – 2 ounces
  • Lime Juice, freshly squeezed – 1 ounce
  • Simple Syrup – 1 ounce
  • Egg White – 1
  • Angostura Bitters – dash

Note that the Pisco used for this cocktail recipe is a Peruvian grape brandy, which is the key ingredient and provides a unique taste to the Pisco Sour. A substitute for the Peruvian Pisco could be a Chilean version because they also produce great Piscos. The kind of Pisco one uses can make all the difference in flavor. The acidity of the Limes mixed with the sweetness of the Sugar and Syrup creates a perfect balance in this sour cocktail. The addition of Egg White gives it a frothy texture, which blends perfectly with the other ingredients.

The Recipe How-To

 Have a taste of South America with this classic cocktail.
Have a taste of South America with this classic cocktail.

Step 1: Gather Your Ingredients
– 2 ounces Peruvian pisco [note 1]
– 1-ounce lime juice [juice of about 1 lime]
– 1-ounce simple syrup [see note 2]
– 1 egg white
– Dash Angostura bitters
– Ice cubes

Step 2: Combine the Ingredients
– In a cocktail shaker, combine the pisco, lime juice, simple syrup, and egg white.
– Add ice cubes and shake vigorously for about a minute or until frothy.

Step 3: Serve and Garnish
– Strain the mixture into a glass.
– Top with a dash of Angostura bitters.
– Drink immediately while still icy cold.

NOTE 1: Pisco is a grape brandy made in Peru and Chile. It is the base liquor of many pisco cocktails.

NOTE 2: Simple syrup is a liquid sweetener used in cocktails. It is made by dissolving sugar in equal parts of boiling water until it becomes clear. Store it in a clean jar in the refrigerator for up to one month.

This classic Peruvian cocktail, The Pisco Sour, is surprisingly easy to make at home. Just follow these steps for an authentic taste of Peru’s national drink, whether you’re hosting a party or just indulging in a little happy hour after work.

Substitutions and Variations

 The perfect blend of sour, sweet and tangy!
The perfect blend of sour, sweet and tangy!

As with any recipe, there are always ways to switch up the ingredients to make it your own or accommodate any dietary restrictions you may have. Here are some substitutions and variations you can make to this Traditional Pisco Sour recipe:

– If you cannot find Peruvian Pisco, you can substitute it with Chilean Pisco.

– Instead of regular sugar, feel free to use brown sugar, honey or agave syrup as a sweetener for the cocktail.

– To make this cocktail vegan-friendly, replace the egg whites with aquafaba (the drained liquid from a can of chickpeas). Use 3 tablespoons of aquafaba instead of 1 egg white.

– Add in some fruit puree or juice (such as passionfruit or strawberry) to add a new flavor dimension to the cocktail.

– For some extra spice, add a little jalapeño pepper or chili powder into the mix.

– To make a lighter version of the cocktail, skip the egg whites altogether and use fizzy water instead. This variation is known as a “Chilcano” and is just as refreshing on a hot day.

Remember, these are just suggestions – don’t be afraid to experiment and create your own version of this classic Peruvian cocktail.

Serving and Pairing

 The secret to a great Pisco Sour? The egg whites!
The secret to a great Pisco Sour? The egg whites!

Now that you’ve mastered the recipe for the famous Peruvian Pisco Sour, you might be wondering about the best way to serve and pair this delicious cocktail.

First things first, let’s talk about serving. The Pisco Sour is traditionally served in a small glass, such as a coupe or rocks glass. You can garnish it with a few dashes of Angostura bitters on top or a slice of lime.

When it comes to pairing, the Pisco Sour pairs well with many different types of food due to its tangy and slightly sweet flavor profile. It’s particularly great with spicy foods, such as ceviche or any dish with a bit of chile heat. These dishes complement the citrusy notes in the cocktail and create an explosion of flavors in your mouth.

If you’re looking for something more substantial to pair with your Pisco Sour, try serving it alongside grilled meats, particularly those with South American flavors like chimichurri or adobo. The smoky meatiness pairs perfectly with the refreshing sourness of the cocktail.

Another excellent pairing option is to serve your Pisco Sour with cheese, particularly aged or salty cheeses like Parmesan or Manchego. The sharpness of these cheeses melds beautifully with the tangy sweetness of the cocktail.

Overall, the Pisco Sour is incredibly versatile and can be paired with a wide variety of foods. So go ahead and get creative – experiment with different pairings until you find your perfect match!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 One sip and you'll feel transported to the streets of Lima.
One sip and you’ll feel transported to the streets of Lima.

If you’re throwing a party or having guests over, you may want to prepare your Pisco Sour ahead of time. You can definitely make your simple syrup and squeeze your lime and lemon juice a day in advance – they will keep in the fridge if stored properly. However, it’s best to add the egg white and Pisco just before serving to preserve the frothy texture.

If you happen to have leftover Pisco Sour, don’t worry, you can still enjoy it the next day. Store the cocktail in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days. Before serving, give it a good stir as some separation is expected (this is perfectly normal due to the egg white).

As for reheating a Pisco Sour – this is not recommended because heat will cause the egg whites to curdle and ruin your cocktail. So, it’s best to consume your Pisco Sour chilled and freshly made for the best taste and texture. Remember, there’s nothing like enjoying a refreshing cocktail on a beautiful day!

Tips for Perfect Results

 A refreshing way to beat the heat!
A refreshing way to beat the heat!

To make a perfect Pisco Sour, it is important to pay attention to some tips that will elevate the cocktail to another level.

First, use fresh limes for the juice. It makes a big difference in the taste and acidity of the cocktail compared to bottled lime juice.

Second, shake vigorously to ensure that the egg white is frothy and well combined with the other ingredients. The ideal time to shake is around 15-20 seconds.

A third tip is to use Peruvian Pisco instead of Chilean Pisco. The grape brandy from Peru has a different flavor profile than its Chilean counterpart and it’s the one traditionally used in this cocktail.

Another tip is to add the angostura bitters at the end as a garnish so that they don’t mix with the foam of egg whites created during the shaking process.

Lastly, some people like their Pisco Sour sweeter, while others prefer it more sour. You can adjust this by adding more or less sugar or simple syrup according to your taste.

By following these tips, you can make a perfect Pisco Sour that will impress your guests and transport them straight to Peru with every sip. Cheers!


As we reach the final stretch of this recipe article, you might have some lingering questions about making the traditional Pisco Sour cocktail. Don’t worry – I’ve got you covered in this FAQ section where I’ll address some common queries that may arise while preparing this famous Peruvian drink. Keep on reading to learn more and become a Pisco Sour pro in no time.

What is the official cocktail of Peru?

The national drink of Peru is none other than the famous Pisco Sour cocktail.

What is in a Pisco Sour cocktail?

Let’s talk about the IBA official cocktail – a drink made with a specific set of ingredients including 60 ml Pisco, 30 ml lemon juice, 20 ml simple syrup, 1 egg white, and a few drops of aromatic bitters. The preparation of this cocktail involves shaking all the ingredients vigorously with ice and then straining the mixture into a glass. Finally, it is topped off with a few drops of aromatic bitters for garnish.

This delightful drink can be enjoyed at any time of the day and is sure to be a hit among all cocktail enthusiasts. So, if you’re looking for a new and exciting cocktail to try, look no further than the IBA official cocktail!

What is a famous Peruvian cocktail?

One of the widely-known beverages of Peru is the Pisco Sour, which is a cocktail concocted by an American in the city of Lima. However, it has been largely embraced by the Peruvian culture ever since. This delightful concoction comprises grape brandy, sugar, lime juice, and egg whites and has gained global recognition.

What is the difference between Peruvian and Chilean Pisco Sour?

The ingredients used in making a pisco sour depend on its country of origin. For instance, the Peruvian version of this cocktail consists of lime juice, egg white, and bitters, while the Chilean variation does not include egg white or bitters and instead uses lemon juice.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, the Pisco Sour is a classic Peruvian cocktail that has gained worldwide recognition for its unique taste and simplicity in preparation. This cocktail has been enjoyed for over a century and has become the national drink of Peru. The recipe shared here is a traditional Peruvian Pisco Sour that features the delicious combination of lime juice, Pisco, and simple syrup egg white bitters.

By following these detailed instructions and tips carefully, you will create an authentic Peruvian Pisco Sour that will impress your guests and transport them straight to the streets of Lima. Whether you’re hosting a party or simply looking for a refreshing drink, the Pisco Sour is perfect for all occasions.

So what are you waiting for? Pull out your cocktail shaker and start mixing up a traditional Peruvian-style Pisco Sour today. Once you take your first sip, you’ll understand why this cocktail is so famous in Peru and beyond. Salud!

Traditional Pisco Sour (Peruvian Cocktail)

Traditional Pisco Sour (Peruvian Cocktail) Recipe

My first taste of this wonder (and potent) National Drink of Peru was at meeting of the Peruvian Congress of Cardiology. At the banquet that terminated the convention, I was introduced to the Peruvian National Drink – the “Pisco Sour.” This drink was so delicious, I had to have the recipe and was given the original recipe by my friend, Waldo Fernandez who had obtained it from the vineyard at Tabernero.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Course Beverage
Cuisine Peruvian
Calories 20.5 kcal


  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 1/2 ounces Pisco (Peruvian Brandy, 1 shot glass)
  • 6 limes, juice of
  • chopped ice
  • 1 dash Angostura bitters


  • Beat the egg white and sugar in a blender.
  • Add the Pisco, lime juice, ice and angostura bitters.
  • Mix well and pour into whiskey sour glasses.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 55gCalories: 20.5kcalCarbohydrates: 5.3gProtein: 0.8gSodium: 9.9mgFiber: 0.1gSugar: 2.8g
Keyword < 15 Mins, Beverages, Easy, Peruvian, Savory, South American
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Dora is a chef well-versed in Brazilian and American cuisine. After a hard day's work in the kitchen of her restaurant, she finds the time to jot down recipes for her food blog. Her recipes are sure to delight foodies everywhere, as she strives to make each one unique and enjoyable to read.