Hot and Cold Pisco Sour 

Miguel Lancha, Barmini | Washington D.C.

This drink pays homage to an experimental version of the drink created by chef José Andrés during his time with Ferrán Adrià at Spain’s El Bulli, a pioneering space for techniques now regarded as molecular gastronomy/mixology. Liquid nitrogen transforms pisco, lime, sugar and water into a chilled, sorbetlike mixture, while the frothy egg white cap is translated as espuma, a warm, mousse-like topping.


Serving: 1

  • 3 ounces liquid nitrogen, more as needed
  • 4 ounces Pisco Sour Liquid Portion (see Editor's Note)
  • 2 ounces Warm Pisco Sour Espuma (see Editor's Note)

Garnish: lime zest

  1. Pour about 3 ounces of liquid nitrogen into a medium double-walled metal bowl.
  2. Slowly add 4 ounces (per serve) of the Pisco Sour Liquid Mixture while whisking constantly.
  3. Fill a chilled coupe glass halfway with soft-frozen Pisco Sour.
  4. Top with about 2 ounces of warm Pisco Sour Espuma.
  5. Garnish with 4 grates of lime zest.
Editor's Note

Pisco Sour Liquid Portion:
This can be multiplied by the number of drinks expected to be made.  In addition, this can be pre-batched and stored in the refrigerator.  

1 ½ ounces pisco 
¾ ounce lime juice
¾ ounce simple syrup
1 ounce water            

Combine all ingredients in a pitcher. Keep refrigerated.  

Warm Pisco Sour Espuma:
95 grams pisco
160 grams lime juice
175 grams simple syrup
14 grams egg white powder  

Combine all the ingredients together in a hand blender cup. Mix well with an immersion hand blender. Pour into a 500 milliliter iSi cream siphon and apply 2 cartridges of N2O, charge, shaking only 10 times after each charge. Keep warm in bain-marie or a sous-vide circulator at 63.5 ℃ (172 ℉)  

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