The Princess Brandy: The Cranberry Pisco Sour

The Cranberry Pisco Sour

The Princess Brandy: The Cranberry Pisco Sour

“Book cwub. Book cwub is what bwings us togeva today.”- Ok, so that may not be a direct quote from this insanely awesome book, but close enough don’t you think? This week’s Bon Appeteach “Book Club” is all about the 1973 novel, The Princess Bride, by S. Morgensterns. In typical “Book Cwub” fashion, I never actually read the book, I just make a cocktail named after it. This week I wanted to feature a popular liquor, brandy. There actually are several types of brandy. Most people typically think of cognac or flavored brandy’s, but some lesser obvious options are grappa or pisco. Pisco is today’s brandy of choice, and I decided to take a fun holiday approach to the classic Pisco Sour (swap cranberry juice for the traditional lime). Pisco is a light colored brandy made from distilled grapes, and is also the drink or choice in Peru. So let’s celebrate another week of the Bon Appeteach “Book Cwub” with this refreshing Cranberry Pisco Sour. Full recipe and instructions are below and don’t forget to check out this week’s food pairing, Low Carb Crab Salad Tacos too!

The Cranberry Pisco Sour

The Cranberry Pisco Sour:

  • 2 oz. Pisco
  • 1 oz. Real Cranberry Juice
  • 1/2 oz. Cranberry Simple Syrup (regular simple or keto simple syrup can be used too)
  • 1 Fresh Egg White
  • Angostura Bitters
  • Sugar Coated Cranberries (optional garnish)

Shaken, Not Sirred-

This cocktail MUST be shaken because there is one key ingredient in this drink that you don’t see often in cocktails. Do you see it yet? Do ya? Yes, the egg white. The egg white in a cocktail adds a nice foam or “head” to a drink much like a beer would. It can also add some texture to it as well. To get this classic foam however, you definitely want to shake the drink and use a fresh egg. Yes, the egg white is raw. Do you take risk in potentially get sick from this? Well… yeah. But that risk is very very very small. You can always opt to use a pasteurized egg white too if your have concerns. Prepare a cocktail glass and shaker with ice. Add in the pisco, cranberry juice, and simple syrup. Add in the egg white and shake well. Pour into a glass and you should get that signature separation with a foam on top. The bitters is simply meant to be aromatic in this drink. Egg whites can smell, well a bit funky sometimes. I like to drop a few dashes right on the foam itself (not into the cocktail). Add the sugar coated cranberries to the top as well for a festive holiday touch.

The Cranberry Pisco Sour

Sugar Coated Cranberries-

I sometimes get asked about the garnishes I use. To make sugar coated cranberries, I take a 1/2 cup of fresh cranberries and simmer them for about 2-3 minutes on medium heat with 1/4 cup of sugar and 1/4 cup of water. Strain out the cranberries and let them rest on foil for about an hour or so to dry and get a bit tacky. Roll them in sugar and place them on a toothpick or skewer for the cocktail. The remaining syrup can be saved and used as a cranberry simple syrup  for the drink as well.

The Cranberry Pisco Sour

Food Pairing-

The light tartness of the drink had me craving seafood, specifically crab. Now that I no longer live in South Florida, I cannot indulge as much as I used to. I opted for buy fresh lump crab meat to create a cold crab salad. I thought making Low Carb Crab Salad Tacos would be a great snack to indulge in with my cocktail this week. I chose to make a hardshell taco out of a premade low carb wrap to keep things simple.  Want to keep it lower in carbs? Use a cabbage leaf to make salad wraps too! It’s a great treat to share or eat all by yourself! Low Carb Crab Salad Tacos

Cheers to another great week of the Bon Appeteach “Book Cwub”!

Bon Appeteach,

-L

The Cranberry Pisco Sour

Print Recipe
Serves: 1 Cooking Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 oz. Pisco
  • 1 oz. Real Cranberry Juice
  • 1/2 oz. Cranberry Simple Syrup (regular simple or keto simple syrup can be used too)
  • 1 Fresh Egg White
  • Angostura Bitters
  • Sugar Coated Cranberries (optional garnish)

Instructions

1

Prepare a cocktail glass and shaker with ice. Add in the pisco, cranberry juice, and cranberry simple syrup (can use regular simple syrup or low carb simple syrup too)

2

Add in the fresh egg white and shake well.

3

Pour into a glass and you should get that signature separation with a foam on top. The bitters is simply meant to be aromatic in this drink. Drop a few dashes right on the foam itself (not into the cocktail). Add the sugar coated cranberries to the top on a toothpick for a festive holiday touch. 

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