Double The Pisco Sour In Peru, Double The Fun
Jr de la Union 958, Plaza San Martin, Lima
While the summer is at its peak and you're no doubt tired of chugging bottled water under the sun at tourist sites, we're going to hit some of the world's best watering holes and down their famous summer cocktails. Bottoms up!
For many, a trip down to Peru means some serious Machu Picchu trekking, but we're frankly more interested in chasing down the best of the country's official drink: The Pisco Sour. Although Chile also lays claim to this tart concoction, the master of the double-sized, or Catedral, Pisco Sour is definitely in the center of Lima at the Hotel Bolivar.
A member of the classic grand dame hotels of the world, the Bolivar was a home-away-from-home for dignitaries and Hollywood stars like Ava Gardner, who was known to favor the Catedral Pisco Sours of the bar. We'll also freely admit to salivating at the mere mention of any "sour" cocktails, so Lima it is. No need to stay the night at the Gran Hotel Bolivar however, as only the bar and the building's architecture remember the golden days; the rooms leave something to be desired.
Although a Pisco Sour of course tastes way better when you're toasting with it in South America, you canwith a visit to a specialty liquor store and a grocermix one up yourself:
· Prepare a cocktail glass by dipping the rim in egg white and sugaring; set aside
· Pour 6oz of Pisco into another glass, one suitable for mixing
· Add 1oz of key lime juice
· Add 2 oz of sugar syrup
· Mix all with one egg white
· Pour over several ice cubes in the sugar-rimmed glass
· Add a dash of bitters and garnish with a pinch of cinnamon and serve
· The Morris Bar and the origin of the Pisco Sour [Living In Peru]
· Pisco Sour [Wikipedia]
· Summer Cocktails Map [Jaunted]
[Hotel Bolivar photo: nero19; Bolivar Pisco Sour photo: mattrubens]