Pisco SourIf you come to Peru, be prepared to try the Pisco Sour. It is pretty much the national drink and they waste no opportunity to show it off.
The drink is made, obviously enough from, Pisco - a clear distilled grape brandy. It is made in the Ica valley in southern Peru where, Peruvians claim, it was invented. The Chileans also produce Pisco and make claims to having invented it but do not get into a discussion with a Peruvian about this.
The real key to getting the taste right is getting the lime right. Roses Lime Juice will not work for this drink. Peruvian limes are smaller and have a much much higher acid content than normal limes. We don't have a real equivalent in the states but Key limes come pretty close.
I have included the recipe for one drink but, obviously, just up the proportions as needed. (Although if you can omit an egg white for ever fourth one or so if you are making them bar-style.)
Mix the key lime juice and the Pisco into the syrup and stir thoroughly to blend the ingredients completely. Pour the mix into a blender and add just enough ice to double the volume of liquid in the glass. Blend on high to completely crush the ice. Add one egg white and blend on high for one minute. Transfer to a glass and serve immediately in either old-fashioned or white wine glasses.
Traditionally, a drop of Angostura Bitters is placed in the middle of the foam in each glass. A shake of cinnamon powder is also common
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