*San Francisco CA

This might surprise you at first… but did you know that the city of San Francisco, California is very tightly involved in the history of Pisco and Pisco Sour ?

The cocktail’s connection to SF goes back to the bawdy Gold Rush days. Pisco, the clear spirit made from grape, first distilled in 16th-century Peru, became a favorite tipple in the days of San Francisco’s Barbary Coast, when men were men, gold was gold, and women were scarce. The first Pisco was brought to California from Perú in the early 1800’s. According to legend, the spirit became very popular, thanks to sailors transporting it between colonies.  Chilean and Peruvian miners introduced it to San Francisco during the 1849 Gold Rush, when the city was experiencing its first surge of wealth and luxury goods were in demand. 

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Not long after, Pisco gained American attention via mentions by the “Moby Dick” author, Herman Melville, in two of his short stories, “Omoo” written in 1847 and “The Encantadas” in 1854. Mark Twain, who lived briefly in San Francisco, also wrote of Pisco, as did Rudyard Kiplin.
Today you can find Pisco Sour in dozens of bars and restaurants all arround the Bay Area, just as you will find the very popular Pisco Punch, the only Pisco cocktail created in the US.
During the 1870’s it was the most popular cocktail of San Francisco, despite costing about twenty-five cents for each cup (a high price in those days). It was definitely the crème de la crème of drinks and it certainly is one of the most important cocktails in the history of San Francisco. There’s even a campaign going on to make Pisco Punch SF’s official cocktail.
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The *San Francisco Pisco Punch* Cocktail

2 oz  pisco

2 oz pineapple juice

1 oz  fresh lime juice

1 oz  simple syrup

Place all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake, strain, and pour into a large wineglass filled with ice. Garnish with pineapple chunks, lemon peel, and lime round. Finish with nutmeg zest.

Note from the Bartender: The original recipe replaces pineapple juice and simple syrups for pinerapple simple simple syrup.To make this, combine 1 cup pineapple juice and 1 cup sugar in a saucepan. Bring the mixture to a slow boil, stir, and simmer until the sugar dissolves completely. Transfer the pineapple simple syrup to a mason jar and let cool before using.

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6 thoughts on “*San Francisco CA

    1. Thank you for your input Anisa ! the “San Francisco Pisco Punch” sure is a fun/delicious alternative to the classic Pisco Sour! Also, regarding the egg white actually not only it brings texture and visual interest to the drink but it contributes nutritional value by adding protein to the mix, that and the loads of vitamin C provided by lemon / lime, make the Pisco Sour the most balanced and nutritious cocktail of all ! for real !!

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