IN PRINT: Pisco Sours with Lemon Sorbetto

Posted by on April 6, 2011 at 1:00 am.

Pisco Sours Made with Lemon Sorbetto

This month in the May issue of GRID (a free print magazine in Philadelphia focusing on local, green, and sustainable issues) you can find my recipe for Pisco Sours made with Capogiro Gelato Artisans Lemon Sorbetto.  This marks an especially exciting moment for me as it is the first time I will be paid for writing about food, and they have requested a second article for June!  If you don’t live in Philly, then you probably won’t get to see these articles, so I will be rewriting them for Bramblings.

Pisco sours have always been a special treat in my family. For a long time Pisco was incredibly hard to come by, and we only had them when friends and relatives would visit us from Chile. Chileans and Peruvians are intense about their loyalty to this drink to the point of culinary war. Depending on who you talk to, Pisco is either exclusively a Chilean or Peruvian drink, the other country’s version a clear impostor. The truth is it is just a grape brandy made mostly from Muscat grapes. I’m sure there is some truth (like there is wine) that the region effects the flavor, but to me the debate is as silly as Bourbon only coming from Kentucky, or Champagne only coming from it’s particular region in france. Pisco is an amazing, dirty tasting brandy that reminds me a lot of tequila. This is primarily what lead me to try a pisco sour with sorbetto instead of lemon, lime, egg white, and simple syrup. The other was just the desire for a quick and simple method to make this classic drink.

Pisco Sour with Lemon Sorbetto:

Ingredients (serves 2):

  • 4 oz Pisco
  • 1 cup Capogiro Lemon Sorbetto
  • juice from 1 lime
  • lemon slices
  • bitters
  • cocktail shaker and strainer


  • Combine the sorbetto, lime juice and Pisco in the cocktail shaker with the spring from the strainer.
  • Shake until well emulsified (about 1 minute)
  • Remove the spring.
  • Serve up with a few dashes of bitters and a fresh slice of lemon

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