Spring and Summer have a lot of iconic drinks to be proud of. Once you start hearing people order them in bars, or buying ingredients to serve the drinks in your own home, you know the season is really here. And while Spring is very, very slowly creeping into our lives, it is on its way, meaning one of my favorite springtime drinks is finally here: the Pisco Sour.

Not familiar with the wonders of pisco? It’s a pretty remarkable spirit, and it’s perfect for virtually any warm-weather cocktail. Similar to a brandy, it is made from grapes that are fermented, distilled, aged briefly, then bottled. What I love most about this liquor is that it can easily replace a spirit like vodka in a drink, mix well with the other ingredients just the same, but also impart an interesting flavor profile that wasn’t present before. In the mood for a Cape Codder? Use pisco instead of vodka with the cranberry juice, and you’ll see just how much better that drink can be.

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