This Lavender Pisco Sour Recipe is a cocktail that is easy to make at home. It's made with pisco, homemade lavender syrup, and egg white for a creamy and floral treat!
Why I Love This Recipe
Lavender has become something that I use in the kitchen all the time. I made this Lavender Pisco Sour Recipe all weekend with my friends and everyone loved it. This craft cocktail is very easy to make, and with the homemade lavender syrup recipe below, it's sure to impress.
The Lavender Pisco Sour was my first variation on the pisco sour to try and since then I have a few others I think you might like. Check out my Grapefruit Pisco Sour and my Blood Orange Pisco Sour for more twists on this delicious drink!
What is Pisco?
Pisco is a brandy from Peru and Chile made from grapes. It reminds me a little of tequila because of the sharp, earthy aroma, however, it tastes smoother than it smells.
The Pisco Sour is the most common drink I know of for this spirit and how I discovered it. I first tried a Pisco Sour at a Peruvian restaurant in San Francisco and since then it has been a favorite of mine. The citrus and egg white help balance out the pungent nature of the pisco. In this variation, the sweet lavender syrup adds another delectable layer of floral flavor and aroma.
What is in a Traditional Pisco Sour?
The first time I had a pisco sour was at a Peruvian restaurant in San Francisco. I was very young and new to craft cocktails but one sip of my Pisco Sour and I was in love.
The traditional pisco sour has pisco, lime, simple syrup, and egg white. According to Wikipedia, "A pisco sour is an alcoholic cocktail of Peruvian origin that is typical of the cuisines from Peru and Chile. The drink's name comes from pisco, which is its base liquor, and the cocktail term sour, in reference to sour citrus juice and sweetener components."
How to Make This Cocktail
To prepare the lavender pisco sour, begin by combining all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Start with a dry shake, without ice, to achieve a frothy texture and ensure the egg white is thoroughly mixed in. Then, add ice to the shaker and shake vigorously for an additional 10-15 seconds.
Next, double-strain the mixture by pouring it through both a regular strainer and a fine-mesh strainer into a cocktail glass. This step ensures a smooth and silky consistency without any unwanted solids.
Finally, complete the presentation by garnishing the cocktail with a sprig of lavender or a sprinkle of dried lavender buds. Savor the delightful flavors and enjoy your lavender pisco sour!
What is "Dry Shake"?
This craft cocktail is made in a cocktail shaker because of the egg white and lime juice. You will also shake this cocktail twice. The first time is "dry shake" without ice to ensure the egg white becomes nice and foamy and all of the ingredients are well incorporated. The second shake is with ice to get your cocktail nice and cold.
How to Make Lavender Simple Syrup
Place ¼ cup of dried lavender buds, 2 cups water, and 2 cups sugar into a small pot and bring to a boil. Simmer for a few minutes and then remove from the heat. Allow the mixture to steep and cool for at least an hour. Strain the flower buds from the liquid and add food coloring if desired.
You will not have a traditional Pisco Sour if you do not add an egg white. However, you can still enjoy this Lavender Cocktail without the egg white.
See my notes on the USDA comments on egg whites in the recipe. Not everyone is comfortable adding egg white to their drink, and that's ok.
An alternative to adding egg white to cocktails is to substitute aquafaba instead. Aquafaba is the “bean liquid” usually from garbanzo beans/chickpeas. It’s gluten-free and dairy-free and an excellent alternative for people with an egg allergy, who don’t consume eggs or do not want to use raw egg white. All you need to do is substitute 1-2 tablespoon of aquafaba for 1 egg white.
If you omit egg white or aquafaba altogether, I would suggest shaking the ingredients in a cocktail shaker and pouring over fresh ice in a glass. You could also top it with some soda or tonic water for a sparkling lavender treat.
When stored properly in the refrigerator, the lavender-infused syrup can last for about 2 to 3 weeks. However, it's best to check for any signs of spoilage or off flavors before using it if it has been stored for a while.
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Lavender Pisco Sour Recipe
- bartending strainer or strainer on the cocktail shaker
- 2 ounces pisco
- 1 ounce fresh lime juice (or you could try lemon!)
- 1 ounce lavender syrup (see recipe below)
- 1 egg white*
- dried lavender buds for garnish
- Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker and dry shake (no ice) first to get the egg white frothy and mixed in well. Add ice to the shaker and shake for another 10-15 seconds.
- Double strain (through a regular strainer and a fine-mesh strainer) into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a lavender sprig or dried lavender buds and enjoy!
*The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) considers it safe to use raw eggs if they are pasteurized. Bottom Line: Raw eggs may contain a type of pathogenic bacteria called Salmonella, which can cause food poisoning. However, the risk of an egg being contaminated is quite low. Please proceed at your own risk and decide if you are ok with this. I have never had an issue.
Any nutrition calculations are only estimates using online calculators. Please verify using your own data.
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