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I got Pisco Problems, man

Updated: Mar 7, 2022

This week I ventured into the world of Pisco. I'm always fascinated by liquors that are extremely popular in one regional area and culture. I got my Pisco from Peru and decided to create some tropical inspired cocktails to go with it. By focusing on tropical flavors like pineapple juice, I made sure to add in elements that reduce the sweetness and overpowering flavor. Life is a balance after all.

The Classic Pisco Sour


2 oz Pisco

1 oz Lime Juice

1/2 oz Simple Syrup

Garnish: Lime twist

Recipe: A classic Pisco sour is something of a South American gimlet. It plays with the fruity notes of Pisco by adding the acid of lime. It's a great simple cocktail that you can enjoy on a lovely day. All you have to do is pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake for twenty seconds and then pour into a chilled coupe glass.

Pisco a little sour


1 1/2 oz Pisco

1 oz Hypnotiq

1 oz Lime juice

1/2 oz Simple Syrup

Garnish: Lime Wedge

Recipe: Now to step up the citrus and tropical flavors, I took the Pisco Sour and added a little citrus liqueur. This gave me the perfect taste of the tropics. All you have to do is: pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice, shake for twenty seconds or until cold, and pour into a coupe glass. For this one, I suggest a lime wedge just in case you find the combo a little too sweet.

I Got Pisco Problems


2 oz Pisco

1 oz Pineapple juice

1 oz Lemon juice

Muddled Cilantro (about six leaves)

1/2 oz Simple Syrup

Top with Sparkling Water

Garnish: salt rim and cilantro

Recipe: This is where I got a little complicated. I wanted to see Pisco in a more complex cocktail and the result was delicious. In my cocktail shaker, I muddled cilantro with the simple syrup then added ice and the rest of the ingredients except the sparkling water. I shook until it was nice and chilled and poured it into my double old fashioned glass. Prior to pouring the cocktail, I rimmed the glass with salt and added ice. I find the salt added a nice extra flavor and spice to the sweet and savory cocktail.

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