In response to the above article by… Ah yes, the Pisco Sour! As an importer of a handcrafted Pisco, of course I have attempted to make a Pisco Sour. This was primarily out of wonder and mystery since I had never tasted one. Since the cocktail is so popular, I felt it was the best way to showcase the brand that I am working with. I’ll be the first to admit that I am no bartender but I do like to experiment and offer tastings to customers and friends. Check out my first attempts:

As an importer of a handcrafted Pisco, of course I have attempted to make a Pisco Sour.
My first Pisco Sour, ever.

In this first attempt, I used chickpea juice instead of egg whites. Believe it or not, my primary reasoning for doing so was not to welcome vegan options, although it is a widely accepted motivation, but my motivation was I didn’t want to waste the egg yolk. I grew up in a home where we didn’t waste food, no sir! Momma didn’t play that.

I suppose I could cook something with the egg yolk, I have read that some people do this. However, I wanted try an alternative first and research led me to chickpea juice. The taste was great but as you can see, the foam is not as thick as some of the others that I have seen. I considered the glass shape as well as the size of the shaker. I deduced that the ingredients, especially the chickpea juice needed more room to move. Let’s try a larger shaker!

Second attempt at Pisco Sour.
Better foam on my second attempt at Pisco Sour.

The second attempt was better, especially due to the larger shaker capacity. I’m still brainstorming and desiring to perfect this special drink. I would like to experiment with local ingredients and flavors but still keep the original concept.

In the future, I would like to see a Pisco Sour Seminar or even a small-scale competition in Japan. Indeed, the Japan Pisco Association was recently formed with the goal to help spread awareness of this unique spirit, perhaps they would be interested in making that happen. Dear JPA, let’s do this! Whatever I can do to help, please let me know. Until then, it’s back to the drawing board. Cheers! Kanpai! Salud!

To learn more from people who are smarter than I, please visit the following links:
Piscologia cocktail recipes
Pisco Trail and Pisco Society


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