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How to Make Chilean Pisco Sours

Pisco Sour is the national cocktail of Chile and is consumed in every bar & restaurant throughout the country. We were craving pisco sours so we whipped some up during our first weekend back from Chile. This powerful, sweet cocktail is surprisingly easy to make! 

Chilean pisco sour cocktails

Pisco is a clear or yellowish colored brandy produced in the wine valleys of Peru and Chile. It’s made by distilling grape wine into a spirit.

Pisco sours are made with pisco, fresh lemon and lime juice, simple syrup, ice, and a couple drops of bitters. In Peru, they include egg whites in their pisco sours. There is a long-standing debate between Chileans and Peruvians of whose pisco sour is better. The Chilean version wins our vote.

Simple syrup is so easy to make at home so I’ve included instructions below in the recipe. I purchased the pisco, Control Original, from Charles Street Liquors in Beacon Hill and David’s sister gifted us with the bitters (Thanks, L!). 

It makes all the difference to use fresh squeezed lemon juice. I also added a little lime juice to the mixture. In Chile they use, limon de pica in the pisco which is a small lemon with a green interior, just like a lime. 

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Pisco sours are super sweet but absolutely delicious. This cocktail is packed with citrus flavors and is the perfect companion on sunny days. 

Let us know in the comments how your pisco sour turned out! If you make it with egg whites, don’t forget to tell us which side of the debate you are on.



Chilean Pisco Sour
Any easy recipe for making this classic Chilean cocktail!
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Prep Time
15 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
15 min
Total Time
20 min
  1. 6 ounces of Chilean pisco
  2. 2 ounce of fresh-squeezed lemon juice
  3. 0.5 ounce of fresh-squuezed lime juice
  4. 2 ounce of simple syrup
  5. 6 cubes of ice
  6. Bitters to serve
  1. Place pisco, lemon juice, simple syrup, and ice in blender.
  2. Blend until smooth and finish by frothing the drink.
  3. Pour cocktail into tall flute.
  4. Garnish with 2-3 dashes of bitters and lemon slice.
  5. Serve & enjoy!
Make Your Own Simple Syrup
  1. Place 1 cup of water and 1 cup of sugar in saucepan.
  2. Stir until sugar dissolves and sides begin to simmer.
  3. Let cool and pour into container with an airtight lid.
  4. If stored properly, simple syrup will keep for about a month!
Adapted from What's Gaby Cooking
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