A sweeter cousin to the common Eureka lemon, Meyer lemons can be identified by their thin, smooth, slightly more orange-colored rind. With a more delicate, floral flavor, Meyer lemons are an easy way to make a common lemon-based cocktail a little more special.
Pisco Sours, generally made with Eureka lemons, seemed like the perfect drink to experiment with. Pisco—a spirit made from distilled grapes—originated in Peru but has a strong history in both Peru and Chile. In the past few years it's become more widely available in the United States and comes in a variety of styles. To adjust for the slightly sweeter nature of the Meyer lemon, I reduced the amount of simple syrup.
The result is a cocktail very close to the classic Pisco Sour, complete with a foamy bed of egg whites. Now go ahead and whip one up, just in time for Peru's National Pisco Sour Day, this Saturday, February 5.
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- 1 1/2 ounce pisco, such as Pisco Logia
- 1 ounce freshly squeezed Meyer lemon juice
- 3/4 ounce simple syrup
- 1 ounce egg white
- Garnish: Several drops Angostura bitters
Combine the pisco, meyer lemon juice, simple syrup, and egg white in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake long and hard—this is key—in order to emulsify the egg white.
Strain into a cocktail glass, then sprinkle bitters on top and serve.