Pisco is a distilled spirit made from fermented grape juice (kind of like brandy) that is made in Peru and Chile. It can be found at some liquor stores around the United States.
A common drink made with pisco is the pisco sour. Peru and Chile fight bitterly over where this drink was created, but it is a favorite of both, and can be found in almost all restaurants. Many times it is offered as an aperitif.
Below is a recipe for this simple yet delicious cocktail.
Recipe for Pisco Sour
2 ounces of pisco
1 ounce of fresh lime juice
1/2 ounce of simple syrup (some places use powdered sugar instead)
1 egg white
Place all ingredients in a shaker and do a vigorous dry shake (without ice). This will froth up the egg white and make a nice foam for the drink.
Next add ice to the shaker and shake again.
Strain into a glass and garnish with a few drops of Angostura bitters.