Treat yourself to seasonal blood oranges in this Blood Orange Pisco Sour recipe! Freshly squeezed blood orange juice adds a punch of vibrant and fruity flavor to this signature South American cocktail.
About this recipe
From December to about April, seasonal blood oranges are juicy, succulent, and delicious. It’s a shame they aren’t available year-round as they’re sweeter and less tart than most types of oranges. Similar to grapefruits, blood oranges also have a pleasantly bitter and floral flavor, giving classic pisco cocktails a delightful edge.
Whether you’re mixing drinks for a festive gathering or simply to sip on during a cozy night in, this Blood Orange Peruvian Pisco Sour will keep your taste buds happy. Enjoy your fruity cocktail in one hand and a Passion Fruit Macaron in the other! The most delightful winter treat.
What is a pisco sour?
The original pisco sour is a famous cocktail in Peru and Chile. This famous drink shakes up pisco liqueur with citrus juice, simple syrup, and egg whites to make an incredible cocktail. A good pisco sour is sweet, sour, tangy, and bitter all in one and when shaken, develops a frothy and icy texture that will shock your tastebuds in the best way.
It’s similar to a whiskey sour but so much better. For this pisco sour variation, you’ll add a splash of fresh blood orange juice to give it a gorgeous pink color with a brighter citrus flavor.
Blood orange pisco sour ingredients
- Pisco - Pisco is a South American clear brandy distilled from fermented grape juice using specific types of grapes. It’s up for debate whether pisco originated in Peru or Chili.
- Blood orange juice - Freshly squeezed blood orange juice is a cocktail game changer. It adds a deep, pink color and luscious flavor to baked goods, cooking creations, and of course, this pisco sour. They’re in season from December to April, so stock up while you can!
- Simple syrup - Making simple syrup from scratch is incredibly easy and lasts for about a month in the fridge. If you’d like to make your own simple syrup for cocktails, check out my directions below.
- Lemon juice - A traditional ingredient used in pisco sour recipes for a sweet and sour flavor. Use tart lime juice or a different fruit juice instead if that’s what you have at home.
- Egg white - This may seem bizarre but adding an egg to a mixed drink helps tone down any bitter alcohol taste and gives the drink a rich and pleasant mouth-feel. It’s necessary for the white foam and frothy mouthfeel!
How to make homemade simple syrup
Add equal parts water and white sugar to a saucepan and heat over medium heat, occasionally stirring, until the sugar dissolves and the liquid thickens into a syrup. Remove from the heat and let it cool before using.
For more info on infusing simple syrups with flavors to add to your classic cocktail recipes, check out my guide here!
How to make a blood orange pisco sour
Fulfill your dreams of becoming a master mixologist with this surprisingly easy pisco sour recipe! The two servings come together in a few simple steps:
Step 1: Add ingredients to the shaker. Combine pisco, orange juice, simple syrup, lemon juice, and egg white into your cocktail shaker.
Step 2: Dry shake. Secure the lid and shake the ingredients together WITHOUT ice for 20 seconds.
Step 3: Wet shake. Add a cup of ice to the shaker, secure the lid, and shake vigorously for 30 more seconds.
Step 4: Last step, Strain and serve. Strain the fizzy cocktail into a cocktail glass with ice cubes and serve with a slice of blood orange. Enjoy!
Tips to make the best orange pisco sour
- Be sure to “dry shake” the ingredients first to emulsify the egg white with the rest of the liquid, creating a smooth and creamy consistency.
- If you prefer a less sweet blood orange cocktail, use less simple syrup or cut it out entirely.
- If you don’t have a cocktail shaker, you can use any container or jar with a lid.
- Sugar is a natural preservative, so your 1:1 simple syrup will store safely in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a month.
- I served this pisco cocktail in old-fashioned glasses but rocks glasses and martini glasses also work.
- Add 1 or 2 dashes of Angostura bitters to the top of the foam in each drink before serving.
If blood oranges aren’t in season or you just want to try something different, feel free to use another juice. You could use freshly-squeezed:
- Orange juice
- Grapefruit juice
- Pineapple juice
- Blackberry juice
- Blueberry juice
- Mango juice
Frequently asked questions
For the authentic silky mouth-feel, the creamy egg is essential. You can leave it out if you wish, but your cocktail just won’t have that signature pisco sour texture. For a vegan-friendly option, replace the egg white with aquafaba instead so there is still a lovely frothy texture to the top of the drink.
Pisco is readily stocked in most liquor stores next to the brandy and cognac so that you can make a proper pisco sour. You can also find it online at Drizly!
Peruvian pisco usually has an alcohol content between 38 to 48%, comparable to the alcohol in hard liquors like vodka and whiskey.
It really depends on who’s making it! This recipe yields 2 drinks, each with 1 ½ ounces pisco. Pour into an old fashioned glass and enjoy!
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Blood Orange Pisco Sour
- Shaker or Container with Lid
- Glasses for serving
- 3 oz Pisco
- 1 ½ oz Simple Syrup
- ½ oz Lemon Juice
- 2 oz Blood Orange Juice
- 1 Egg White
- Add the pisco, simple syrup, lemon juice, blood orange juice, and egg white to a cocktail shaker3 oz Pisco, 1 ½ oz Simple Syrup, ½ oz Lemon Juice, 2 oz Blood Orange Juice, 1 Egg White
- Dry shake for 20 seconds before adding ice and shaking for another 30 seconds vigorouslyIce
- Strain into an old-fashioned glass and add a wedge of blood orange to garnish!
- Do you have to add an egg white to pisco sour? For the authentic silky mouth-feel, the egg is essential. You can leave it out if you wish, but your cocktail just won’t have that signature pisco sour texture. For a vegan-friendly option, replace the egg white with aquafaba instead.
- Where can I find pisco? Pisco is readily stocked in most liquor stores next to the brandy and cognac.
- How strong is pisco? Peruvian pisco usually has an alcohol content between 38 to 48%, comparable to the alcohol in hard liquors like vodka and whiskey.
- Is a pisco sour cocktail potent? It really depends on who’s making it! This recipe yields 2 drinks, each with 1 ½ ounce of pisco.