A Pisco Kind of Night

It’s become a bit of a tradition on this blog to wear my alcohol ignorance on my sleeve.  We’ll, I’ll start this off in the same vein, I have no idea what pisco is.  Never heard of it.  I checked my go-to answer machine, the old wikipedia, which told me pisco “is a colorless or yellowish-to-amber colored brandy produced in winemaking regions of Peru andChile.[  Made by distilling grape wine into a high-proof spirit, it was developed by 16th century Spanish settlers as an alternative to orujo, a pomace brandy that was being imported from Spain.”

That’s what the folks at Crafted Taste are for, introducing you to things you wouldn’t normally guzzle.  This month’s shipment was a really good one, lots of fun boutique ingredients to fool around with including gum syrup, pineapple gum syrup, key lime juice, and new bitters.  Yay!

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So the two drinks I went for tonight were the Pisco Sour and Pisco Punch.  The sour was a bit more complicated requiring some eggs whites and a dry shake.  Now, I made a big mistake with the sour and used my own lime juice instead of the key lime juice that Crafted Taste so helpfully provided.  It makes me sad because I’ve never even heard of key lime juice so I was excited to try it — alas, I’ll give the “pure” Pisco Sour tomorrow.  This drink was strong and brought to mind some tequila cocktails I’ve been fooling around with.  I really liked how the egg white added a sort of levity to the burn, but I wasn’t all together sold on the taste.  It was certainly complicated and burned well at the end, but it all seemed a bit off and unbalanced.  I can’t judge though, perhaps it needs that beautiful key lime…

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The punch, on the left there, was really good.  Nice and light, the pineapple flavor (which I haven’t had a great experience with) came out really bright and pleasant to sip.  Anyway, this is the last shipment of Crafted Taste that I’ll get from a birthday present, but I definitely plan on extending the shipments on my own dime!

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