Sunday, November 28, 2021

A Thanksgiving Cocktail: Cranberry Pisco Sour

If you know me, you know I love a Pisco Sour!  I found this recipe flipping through a magazine, and I just had to try it.  Glad I did because it will now become my annual Thanksgiving cocktail. (My Christmas cocktail is the Pomegranate Martini - recipe found on this link.) 

The Cranberry Pisco Sour

I first encountered the frothy pisco sour on a trip to Peru. The tangy, not too sweet flavor tasted yummy, but the egg white topping was my favorite part. I only recently learned how mixologists create that forth.

The original magazine recipe appeared in the November 2021 issue of Better Homes & Gardens; however, I tweaked it below. Their directions called for making your own simple syrup, an additional step not really necessary on such a busy kitchen day. I suggest you buy a bottle and keep it with your bar supplies.

Here is my recipe:

Cranberry Pisco Sour

2 oz. pisco brandy

1 oz. cranberry juice  (pure juice is best) 

1/2 oz. fresh lime juice

1 egg white 

1/2 oz. simple syrup

Angostura bitters

Cranberries will float in your drink.

Depending on the size of your cocktail shaker, you can make one or two drinks at a time. 

For one, combine the pisco, 1 oz. cranberry juice, lime juice, an egg white, and 1/2 oz simple syrup. Do not add ice. Shake for 20 seconds.

Now, add ice to the shaker, about two-thirds full, and shake an additional 20 seconds. 

Strain into a cocktail glass.  Add a few cranberries- they will float.  Or skewer a few cranberries onto a toothpick. If not, add three or four drops of the bitters, and using a toothpick, carefully draw between the drops to create a design (like a barista does with coffee drinks.) 

The cocktail is not overly sweet, which I like, but you could always add more simple syrup if preferred. 


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