The most famous of all cocktails made with the spirit, the Pisco Sour was created by Victor Morris, an American railroad man who moved to Peru to first work on new rail lines, then opened his own bar. English-speaking travelers flocked to his Morris Bar for his Pisco-based creations, the most popular of which was the Pisco Sour, which definitely was made with a mixture of Pisco, lime juice, and sugar and might have also contained egg white and bitters as most of today's recipes do (historians are still on the fence about the subject). San Francisco bartenders began serving the drink in the United States, and the drink became so popular that even after Prohibition snuffed out much of Pisco's popularity, the Sour remains the most famous cocktail made with the spirit.
"We're putting a little twist on it," says Peter Brown, manager at El Chorro. "For the most part, in traditional Pisco sours, the mix of sweet and sour is similar to a margarita. We're using margarita mix and topping it off with Chambord."
El Chorro's version skips the egg white, which Brown says was "purely an operational thing."
"You get the same flavor without it," he says. "There's not as much of a bitter bite, and the actual tastes and flavor on the tongue are a little sweeter, a little more lively and playful. It's very citrusy, very light in flavor, which should be good for the warmer season."
El Chorro's Pisco Sour
1.5 oz. Pisco Porton
1 oz. lime juice
1 oz. agave simple syrup
How to make it:
Pour the Pisco, lime juice and simple syrup into a rocks-filled glass. Stir well. Top with a splash of Chambord and enjoy.