So it seems that both Peru and Chile consider the Pisco Sour to be their national drink. So of course it has to be our job to decide who makes the best one.
What is a Pisco Sour you may ask…… well it depends who you ask……
A Pisco Sour is a cocktail usually served in a champagne glass and the basic ingredients are Pisco and lime juice. Pisco being a very strong grape brandy. Now comes the difference. The Chileans serve a Pisco Sour with lime juice, syrup and Chilean Pisco (from the Elqui Valley). The yummiest ones that I have had so far have a sugar rimmed glass.
The Peruvians use lime juice, syrup, egg white, Peruvian Pisco and Angostura bitters as a garnish.
So at present I am a bit biased as I have only tasted one or two Peruvian Pisco Sours but I must say at this stage my heart (or taste buds) belong to with Chile.
To really understand Chilean Pisco we went deep into the Elqui Valley and spent two glorious days there. We went to the oldest Pisco distillery in Chile and went on a Spanish tour (didn’t understand much of it but tasting the different types of Pisco at the end was fun…..Andrew’s face was quite something…..they were a little too strong for him).
Chile is also famous for star gazing as it has the most nights of open skies and really good weather. We managed to do a night visit to an observatory and had an unforgettable evening there. It sort of puts everything into perspective when you realise how small we are.