IMG_0492This week’s TGIF cocktail of the week is the Pisco Sour! While pisco is not one of the foundational spirits, it is an affordable*, light, distilled spirit made from grapes that makes a smooth, citrusy Sour to help you transition from workday to weekend. The froth of egg white gives the sweet-tart drink a rich mouthfeel, and a dash of Angostura bitters on top adds character. What’s nice about a Pisco Sour is that you can (depending on your tolerance) indulge in more than one without making your dinner companions wish you’d excuse yourself before dessert.

The Pisco Sour is 1-1/2 oz pisco, 1 oz fresh lime juice (about 1/2 lime), 1 oz simple syrup, 1 oz pasteurized egg white. Shake ingredients with ice for at least 20 seconds to maximize froth – you want plenty of air to get into the egg white. Pour into a short glass (tilt the shaker gently back and forth as you pour to keep the ice from blocking the liquid). Top with a dash of Angostura bitters. Using the point of a knife, swirl the bitters into a pretty design and be a true BAR-ista!

*Note: The pisco pictured is a top-shelf version and was more expensive than I would normally use, but in my defense, it was on sale. There are less costly brands that taste equally good, so remember to check the middle shelf first. 😉