Pisco Sour


My god, I just realized that I’ve written over 200 posts for “Streets of Lima” and I haven’t written about the Pisco Sour yet. It’s a shame, it’s a travesty, it’s an affront to the gods that cannot go on any longer.

The Pisco Sour must be honored, bow down before it. The Pisco Sour must be appeased!

No, don’t get the wrong idea, Pisco Sour is not one of the old, vengeful gods. Nope, that drink is a generous lover, and whatever you give you’re going to get back tenfold. Especially if you’re drinking the thing in Lima where the people know how to party and they know how to adopt you like you’re they’re very own.

I think the first Pisco Sour I ever had was during a Spanish class. My teacher was a wise older lady who knew that the best way for you to learn Spanish was to relax. Bearing that in mind, she used to round us up in the middle of class and take us out to the local bar to drink Pisco Sours. THAT’s how you learn Spanish my friends. I often tell people that I came to Peru and started drinking and one day I woke up about three years later only to discover to my everlasting surprise that I was fluent in Spanish. Linguistics is the perfect field of study for a drunk, because man, when the blood is hot your tongue gets loose and you just have to COMMUNICATE! Learning the language is too small a barrier to impede that most fundamental of needs.

How do you make a Pisco Sour? Everybody does it differently, some like it sweet, some like it…sour, some like it blended, some like it shaken.

The ratio is easy, 3 parts pisco 2 parts jarabe de goma (what is that? corn syrup?) 1 part Peruvian Lemon (which you might call a Lime if you were in the states, but if the fruit you’re using isn’t from Peru, then the drink you’re drinking isn’t a proper Pisco Sour…they don’t make lemons, or limes, this good anywhere else) and an egg white.

But, as with all legendary drinks, the ratio can be changed. A lot of people go 3, 1, 1, some places even go 4, 1, 1, oh, and you also have to put a drop cinnamon on the top. Mix it with ice and shake (I prefer shaking it to blending it, shaking adds all the cold and none of the little ice chunks…James Bond was on to something…I even shake my protein shakes now).

The other rule of thumb with Pisco Sours refers to quantity. 1 isn’t enough and 3 is too many. But I tell you, it takes the troubles away and starts off the night smooth, calm and relaxed. The best part of the Pisco Sour is it allows you to get over yourself and just start taking in your life. Hell, that’s the whole magic of all of Peru.

Another reason to come here and live. Chances are, you aren’t living where you’re at.

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