Both sweet and sour, Peru's national cocktail is made with pisco -- a clear, grape brandy produced in the country.
To avoid using raw egg white, you may substitute 4 teaspoons powdered egg whites.
Notes: Pisco is available at most large liquor stores in Washington and Maryland. In Northern Virginia, it is generally a special-order item that can be ordered online.
- 2 to 3 cups pisco, depending on desired strength
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup Key lime juice
- 12 ice cubes, slightly crushed
- 2 egg whites
- Angostura bitters
In a blender, add the pisco, sugar and Key lime juice and pulse to combine. Add the ice and egg whites or powdered egg whites and blend until the ice is crushed and a thick foam forms. Pour into cocktail glasses and top each with a few drops of angostura bitters.
Adapted from a recipe provided by the Embassy of Peru.
Tested by Hal Mehlman.
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