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The 5 Shades of Pisco: This South American Spirit Is the New Darling Behind the Bar

Magazine article Sunset

The 5 Shades of Pisco: This South American Spirit Is the New Darling Behind the Bar

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IT SEEMS INNOCENT ENOUGH--clear and often sweetly aromatic like wine. But at 80 proof or so, don't be fooled by this lush Latin import: There's a lot more to pisco than punches and sours. Until recently, most of the pisco available was only so-so. But with Peru and Chile striving to produce better bottles, and new high-quality, handcrafted versions available (one even made here in the West), bartenders are riffing on the classics and creating drinks with pisco-inspired panache. Drink it on its own, or shake up one of our delicious originals. iSalud!

Pisco Sunset

Muddle 2 slices cucumber, 1/4 cup pomegranate juice, 3 tbsp. orange juice, 2 tbsp. agave nectar, 1 tbsp. time juice, and a pinch of kosher salt in a cocktail shaker. Fill with ice and add 6 tbsp. pisco and 2 drops Angostura bitters. Shake and strain into 2 martini glasses. Garnish each drink with a cucumber slice. Developed for us by San Francisco's Jardiniere.

West-Fresh Pisco Sour

Muddle 10 large mint leaves, 1/4 cup lime juice, and 2 tbsp. agave nectar in a cocktail shaker. Add ice, 6 tbsp. pisco, and 2 tbsp. …

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