Follow up Video: Pisco Winery Tour: Vista Alegre

This was my first visit to a Pisco winery, Bodegas Vista Alegre is located near Ica, Peru.

They have 180 Hectares of land dedicated to the production of grapes that are later used not only for Pisco but also still dry wines such as Malbec, Tempranillo and Pinot Blanc.  This place may be better known for its production of SOL DE ICA Pisco brand.

For more information on Vista Alegre, please visit their website at www.vistaalegre.com.pe

So what is Pisco Sour?

Pisco Sour is a cocktail made of Pisco, concentrated lemon juice, sugar and egg whites. In this combination, it is quite easy to drink, but be careful Pisco is known to creep up on first-time drinkers because most become quite inebriated in a short time due to its high alcohol percentage.

Here is a Epicurus recipe on how to make it:

1 egg white

2 1/2 ounces Pisco (Non-aromatic, Pure or Acholado)

1/2 ounce simple syrup (sugar water, 1 cup of each mixed)

3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice

Angostura Bitters

The classic preparation is shaken over ice, but it’s also made “frozen,” in a blender with crushed ice. When a pisco sour is poured into a glass (usually an old-fashioned cocktail glass), the egg white should make at least a half inch of foam on the top of the glass. The bitters are sprinkled on top of the foam. Sometimes sugar is placed around the rim of the glass for decoration.  Enjoy!

In this article about Pisco and Ica, I have drawn from numerous other articles and have cited the sources as such. Thank you.

Here you can see how Pisco is made in Puno, one of the highest cities of Peru, near Lake Tiricaca.  This is done in a restaurant so that you can see the differences in home style made with normal ingredients and another with original ingredients  found only in Peru such as Peruvian lemons.  

Wondering how to taste Pisco? Video follow-up

Thanks for your patience! Here is the long awaited first video of my Pisco Series!

Today I tasted two types of the four main types Pisco:

Pure Pisco: Viñas de Oro, 2009 Quebranta Variety

Mosto Verde Pisco- Tres Generaciones, 2010 Quebranta Variety

Both of these are Peruvian Piscos and you could use the Pure Pisco for Pisco Sour. Stay tuned to more in my four-part Pisco series.