Pisco Sour… and thoughts on ETOH

Alcohol. It’s an inescapable part of life whether you think Christians should drink or not. Personally, I don’t think people should drink before they are of age, nor is getting drunk a badge of honor. “Who has woe? Who has sorrow?… Who has redness of eyes? Those who tarry long over wine” (Proverbs 23:29-30a). Our joy should come from our relationship with God, not the fleeting pleasures of alcohol .”Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit” (Ephesians 5:18).

But alcohol in moderation has its benefits and is one of the gifts that God has given us to enjoy during our time under the sun. As Ecclesiastes 9:7 says “Go, eat your bread with joy, and drink your wine with a merry heart, for God has already approved what you do.”

Several months ago, our friends Mario and Meni came over and admired our wine bottle collection. “But you need a Chilean wine bottle,” they said. (This was natural, because they are from Chile.) “Wait, no – you need a PISCO bottle!”

“What is pisco?” I asked innocently.

As it turns out, pisco is the national spirit of Chile, like vodka is to Russia. Made from grapes, it tastes like… pure alcohol. Meni and Mario brought me a bottle back from Chile.

Is that not a fantastic bottle?! I love it because as an anthropologist and Jared Diamond fan, I have always loved Easter Island. So, armed with our Pisco bottle, limes, and powdered sugar, we visited our friends.

After Chris cut and juiced the limes, Meni separated an egg and blended Pisco, lime, sugar, and egg white together.

Egg white in a drink?! Yes, it is quite important to produce the proper espuma (foam).And here is the result of our labors:

Afterwards, we all sipped our drinks and talked about deep and important issues. We found out for example that using this particular brand of pisco in a Pisco Sour is like putting Johnny Walker Black Label in coffee. But faced with a shortage of “substandard” pisco, we had to use the good stuff. Meni is eating for two so she drank Sierra Mist instead. Certainly, we had a wonderful time with our friends.

The proper recipe may be found here. But since we had neither simple syrup nor bitters nor a cocktail shaker…

Recipe for Pisco Sours (our way)

3 parts pisco

1 part lime juice

1/4 part powdered sugar

1 spoonful egg white

Blend the ingredients with 2 icecubes, pour into glasses, and share with friends. ¡Salud!

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