Electric Orange Pisco Sour – The traditional Peruvian drink is given a modern makeover with the addition of Red Bull Energy Drink and fresh orange juice
Hispanic Heritage Month is in full swing, people! How have you been celebrating? Did you get a chance to make my killer Mexican Street Corn Chicken Salad yet?
As I said last week, I’m celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month by featuring “remixed” traditional recipes from a particular country each week. Last week was Mexico, hence the Mexican Street Corn Chicken Salad.
This week, I’m featuring Peru. And to celebrate, I’ve got a killer take on the classic Peruvian drink, the Pisco Sour. Pisco Sour is very similar to a Whiskey Sour, except it uses lime juice instead of lemon juice and Peruvian Pisco brandy instead of whiskey.
My remixed version uses an additional citrus flavor and a little extra energy boost, thanks to the Red Bull. I present to you my Electric Orange Pisco Sour!
Guys. Prepared to have your world rocked by this drink!
During Hurricane Irma a few weeks ago, we were forced to hunker down in my townhouse with my sister, who was escaping the storm in Miami, FL. I made these Electric Orange Pisco Sours to start off our morning, you know, instead of mimosas. If there’s juice, you can have it before noon, right???
Plus, with the addition of Red Bull, this drink will perk you right up! That’s what makes this drink electric!
She and my husband LOVED them. They even asked for seconds. But I warned them that these drinks are sneaky so be careful when having more than one!
This is exactly the reason why I didn’t make a pitcher for this drink. If you’re familiar with my other drink recipes, they’re all pitcher recipes because (1) I never have just one and (2) usually make drinks for a crowd. But these are powerful drinks so I don’t think pitchers are appropriate.
As I said above, this drink is made with Pisco brandy. Pisco is a colorless grape brandy made in Peru or Chile. I was able to locate it easily at a huge liquor store here in Atlanta. You can also find it online if your state allows online purchases of liquor.
You shouldn’t have any issues finding it but feel free to use another grape brand if you can’t find it.
I’ve made this drink a few times and learned a valuable lesson in the process: use fresh OJ! Not only do you get a deeper orange color in your drink but the flavor is unmatched by store-bought juice. Not contest, guys. It tastes incredibly bright with fresh OJ. Plus, I recommend garnishing with a fresh peel so those orange peel oils make the flavor even better.
To prepare this drink, it’s actually quite simple. I made the drink in a pint glass and then poured into smaller glasses stuffed with crushed ice. So grab your pint glass and get to work!
First, you’ll mix the sugar, water, Pisco, and lime together. The alcohol and citric acid help dissolve the sugar so it’s not all grainy.
And then you simply finish off with the fresh OJ, club soda, and Red Bull. The fizz from the club soda and Red Bull are another reason why you shouldn’t make these in a pitcher – they’ll go flat they sit too long in a pitcher. So it’s best to make these to order.
In addition to the tips I’ve already given you, here are a couple more to make sure this recipe goes PERFECTLY:
- Don’t forget – use freshly-squeezed juice! This is a great rule of thumb for all drink recipes.
- Do not shake the drink when mixing. This will cause the club soda and Red Bull to lose their fix. Instead, simple stir the drink together with a spoon.
That’s all there is to it! A super simple drink that is sure to impress. And the perfect way to mix up your Hispanic dishes this month. If you want to try a traditional Pisco Sour, here’s a great recipe for a Pisco Sour Cocktail from Confetti & Bliss!
Next week, I’ll have one more remixed recipe to share with you all. But this time, it will be to celebrate the flavors of Puerto Rico! Come back to see what I’ve got in store!
Electric Orange Pisco Sour
- 1/2 tablespoon sugar
- 1/2 tablespoon water
- 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
- 2 ounces Pisco brandy
- 4 ounces fresh orange juice
- 2 ounces club soda
- 2 ounces Red Bull Energy Drink
- In a pint glass, add sugar, water, lime juice, and Pisco together. Stir for a minute to help the sugar dissolve. Add orange juice and stir together. Add club soda and Red Bull and stir very gently. If you stir to intensely, the fizz will go away.
- Fill two short cocktail glasses with crushed ice. Split the cocktail between both glasses. Slice two thin slices of orange peel. Take one peel and rub the outside (orange side) around the rim of the glass. Repeat with other glass. Place peels in each respective glass as a garnish and serve.
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