Friday, July 10, 2009

A Taste of Chile: Pisco Sour

Me (Danielle Rose) in the Artisan Market in Santiago Chile

About two years ago I had the privilege to go on an experience of a lifetime! My dad does a lot of work in Chile and, through his travels, he has developed a deep love for the South American Country.  His passion for Chile easily awoke a stirring desire to explore the country myself. This led to my dad taking me for a 10 day trip to Chile.  I had the time of my life exploring Santiago, La Serena, Elqui Valley, and Cochiquaz.  It wasn't just the beautiful and unique surroundings of Chile that made me love it, it was being able to befriend so many new and incredible people that I know I will remain in contact with all my life!  

No meal or evening in Chile is complete without the perfect drink to liven up conversation! Although I have a great fondness for Chilean wine, I was most taken by their signature drink Pisco Sour.  Pisco is a type of liquor distilled from Pisco grapes.  Although is it often debated who originated the beverage, Peru or Chile, Pisco Sours can be found everywhere you look in Chile! In fact, the very first thing I did when I arrived in Chile was lounge by the pool with a champagne flute of Pisco Sour and a bowl of trail mix.  Aaaah what a lovely welcome to such a lovely country!
Note: This drink is not for the faint of heart.  This baby is strong!
Note: Bitters are a type of spice. I use one called Merquen that was bought in Chile but Angostura Bitters are more widely available in North America

3 oz fresh lemon juice
6 oz pisco (I use a kind called Alto del Carmen, but you can use any kind you like)
3/4 oz simple syrup
2 ice cubes
1 egg white
1 dash bitters 

1.  Combine lemon juice, pisco, sugar and ice cubes in blender.  Add egg white and combine once again.  

2.  Pour into glasses and top with a light dash of bitters.  


Tracy-Girl said...

What a beautiful country - and how fun that you get to travel with your dad!

the ungourmet said...

Looks like such a pretty place!

Your drink sounds like something I would really enjoy!

heidi said...

That drink sounds delish!

Anonymous said...

I was in Chile last year for 10 days as well and WOW did I enjoy Pisco Sours (and Santiago and so many other towns and cities!!). I have all the ingredients to make these, and I MUST!! Thanks for the reminder, the recipe, and the memory flashbacks. Chile is a stunning country with wonderful people, countryside, food, etc!!

Anonymous said...

Girl, the best happens in the coastside!, hope you can come to Viña del Mar someday, I'm pretty sure you'll fall in love with this charming city, Kisses.

Anonymous said...

Pisco chileno? Uuff... Pisco es peruano!!!! :D Soy de Chicago e incluso yo sé la diferencia!

Sólo una broma....