Blood orange pisco sour
This blood orange pisco sour cocktail is made with blood orange juice, a bit of lime juice, sugar or simple syrup, egg whites, and pisco.
Pisco sour is a popular Latin cocktail made with pisco (a grape brandy – similar to grappa), lime juice, sugar or simple syrup, egg whites, and bitters. I love a good classic pisco sour, but also find that like many other Latin drinks it works great with many other fruits: passion fruit, blackberries, naranjilla, and pretty much any citrus fruit. I am huge fan of using blood oranges for cocktails, their subtle flavor and beautiful bright red color are close to perfect for this pisco sour recipe.
I usually make a batch of pisco sour cocktails for parties or a simple dinner with a few friends, so in that case I use the blender. However, if making just one or two drinks you can use a cocktail shaker. You can use regular raw egg whites, just make sure the eggs are fresh, or to avoid any risk you can use pasteurized egg whites or egg white powder (mixed with water according to package instructions).
You can find Angostura bitters at most liquor stores or in the liquor/cocktail section of most supermarkets. The rising popularity of craft cocktails has also led to a wider availability of different flavored bitters like cardamom, orange, etc. You can find them in the same section as the Angostura – they are pricey but will last a long time since most cocktails use a very minuscule amount of bitters. Like most drinks, feel free to adjust the amount of liquor and simple syrup/sugar based on your preference.
Blood orange pisco sour
- 8 liquid ounces 1 cup of freshly squeezed blood orange juice
- 2 liquid ounces ¼ cup of freshly squeezed lime juice
- 8 liquid ounces 1 cup of pisco, add more or less based on your preference
- 2 to 4 liquid ounces of simple syrup adjust to taste
- 2 egg whites ~4 ounces – use pasteurized egg whites or egg white powder mixed with water if you have any health concerns about raw eggs, 1 large egg white is about 2 ounces
- Slices of blood orange and lime
- A couple of drops of bitters Angostura or your choice per drink
- Combine the blood orange juice, lime juice, pisco, simple syrup, egg white, and a few ice cubes in a blender. Blend until the drink is foamy.
- To make the pisco sour cocktails in a cocktail shaker, combine all the ingredients listed above in a shaker, shake well, and strain before serving.
- Pour into serving glasses, add a couple of drops of bitters, and serve immediately.