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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Below is my recipe for the Spring's First Kiss. Mix up one of these, take a seat on your favorite porch chair, and soak up those rays. ‘Tis the season (finally), after all. Cheers!
Spring's First Kiss
2 strawberries, quartered, 1 quarter reserved for garnish
4-5 large basil leaves
1 oz simple syrup
3 oz Barsol Pisco
1 oz fresh lime juice
1 egg white
2 dashes Angostura Bitters
Muddle the strawberries, basil leaves and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker. Add in the pisco, lime juice and egg whites and shake vigorously with ice. Pour into a chilled coupe and dash with Angostura. Garnish with a quartered strawberry.