Freed from the shackles of researching Tiki drinks, I turned to the 1491, which came to me from the Cocktail Virgin blog. This looked like an interesting Pisco-sour variation, with Mezcal and Elderflower liqueur thrown into the mix. I was hoping from a welcome change from my relentless diet of rum drinks and this cocktail did not disappoint. It had the lush mouthfeel I've come to expect from a drink with egg whites and the combination of the Pisco and Mezcal was really interesting. It has that good smoky-salty taste I've come to associate with Mezcal alongside some good floral notes from the St. Germain. Just the ticket to remind me of the wonders of Pisco.
I really like how my stencil worked on this one. I used a little spray bottle of Angostura to "paint" my logo on top of the drink. The volume in my glass was perfect and I got a nice crisp image from my otherwise not-so-crisp stencil. Very recognizable.
- 1 1/2 oz. Pisco
- 1/2 oz Mezcal
- 1/2 oz. Dry Vermouth
- 1/2 oz. St. Germain
- 3/4 oz. Lemon Juice
- 1 Egg White (I used about 2 oz. of pasterized egg whites, which work great.)
- 5 drops of Angostura bitters
- Combine all ingredients except for the bitters in a shaker and shake the crap out of it. Be careful, as the egg whites will expand and your shaker will want to come unseal. Or you can use a milk frother, drink mixer, or immersion blender to mix the drink for about 5 - 10 seconds.
- Add ice and shake again for about 15 seconds to chill
- Double-strain into a coupe or martini glass
- Decorate the top with 5 drops of your favorite aromatic bitters (or make and use a stencil, like I did.)
- Admire your work of art before taking a sip.