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February 4th: National Pisco Sour Day

The Pisco Sour is a popular cocktail that has a rich history and a controversial origin. The drink is made with pisco, a type of brandy, lemon or lime juice, sugar, egg whites, and bitters. It is a staple of South American bars and has become popular around the world.

THE HISTORY The history of the Pisco Sour can be traced back to the early 1900s, when pisco was first introduced to the United States. The drink is believed to be first created by an American bartender named Victor Morris, who worked at the Morris Bar in Lima, Peru. Morris is credited with mixing pisco with lemon juice, sugar, and egg whites to create a sweet, sour, and frothy cocktail. However, there is also a claim that the Pisco Sour was invented by bartender Carlos Hermani in Iquique, Chile. According to this theory, Hermani created the drink as a way to showcase the pisco produced in his home country. Regardless of its origin, the Pisco Sour has become a beloved drink in South America and around the world. However, its history is not without controversy. The exact origin of the Pisco Sour has been a source of debate between Peru and Chile, with each country claiming the drink as its own. In recent years, the controversy has been fueled by the rise in popularity of the Pisco Sour, as well as the growing interest in South American cuisine and culture. Despite the disagreements, the Pisco Sour remains a beloved drink that has stood the test of time and continues to be a staple in bars and restaurants around the world. The Pisco Sour is a delicious cocktail with a rich history and a controversial origin. Regardless of its true origin, it remains a popular drink that is enjoyed by people around the world.


THE RECIPE: Pisco Sour Ingredients:

  • 2 ounces Pisco

  • 1-ounce lime juice, freshly squeezed

  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup

  • 1 egg white

  • Garnish: Angostura bitters


  1. Add pisco, lime juice, simple syrup, and egg white into a shaker and dry-shake (without ice) vigorously.

  2. Add ice and shake again until well-chilled.

  3. Strain into a chilled Nick & Nora glass. (Alternatively, you can strain it into a rocks glass over fresh ice.)

  4. Garnish with 3 to 5 drops of Angostura bitters. Using a straw, toothpick, or similar implement, swirl the bitters into a simple design, if desired.

Watch to see how it's made: Alexi makes the Pisco Sour


  • International Bartenders Association. (n.d.). Pisco Sour. Retrieved from

  • Losada, M. (2015, August 26). The Origins of the Pisco Sour: Peru or Chile? The Latin Kitchen. Retrieved from

  • Peru Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. (n.d.). Pisco Sour: The National Cocktail of Peru. Retrieved from


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