Cheers to that!

You should all know by now that I’m the queen of fun cocktails. Whether they be classics reinvented or something I’ve whipped up out of boredom, I’m always one to experiment with my liquor. Given that my roommate is part Peruvian part Chilean, you should’ve expected this recipe to come sooner or later..
For those of you who have never had the chance to experience Pisco Sours, I highly suggest you do. ASAP. All the ingredients should be found at your local liquor/grocery store, you will just have to dig a bit.

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Some history on the drink for you courtesy of our friends at wiki:

The cocktail originated in Lima, Peru, and was invented by Victor Vaughn Morris, an American bartender, in the early 1920s. Morris left the United States in 1903 to work in Cerro de Pasco, a city in central Peru. In 1916, he opened Morris’ Bar in Lima, and his saloon quickly became a popular spot for the Peruvian upper class and English-speaking foreigners. The Pisco Sour underwent several changes until Mario Bruiget, a Peruvian bartender working at Morris’ Bar, created the modern Peruvian recipe of the cocktail in the latter part of the 1920s by adding Angostura bitters and egg whites to the mix.
In Chile, historian Oreste Plath attributed the invention of the drink to Elliot Stubb, an English steward of a ship named Sunshine, who allegedly mixed Key lime juice, syrup, and ice cubes to create the cocktail in a bar, in 1872, in the port city of Iquique, which at that time was part of Peru. The original source cited by Plath attributed the invention of the whiskey sour to Stubb, not the Pisco Sour. The oldest known mentions of the Pisco Sour are from a 1921 magazine attributing Morris as the inventor and a 1924 advertisement for Morris’ Bar published in a newspaper from the port of Valparaíso, Chile.
Chile and Peru both claim the Pisco Sour as their national drink, and each asserts exclusive ownership of both pisco and the cocktail. Peru celebrates a yearly public holiday in honor of the cocktail during the first Saturday of February. The two kinds of pisco and the two variations in the style of preparing the Pisco Sour are distinct in both production and taste. Thus the Pisco Sour has become a significant and oft-debated topic of Latin American popular culture.

And most importantly, the recipe…

In a blender, mix:
1 egg white
3/4 c sugar
1 c pisco liquor
7-8 large ice cubes

Once blended, add in 1/2 c freshly squeezed lime juice, and blend once more.
(note: the traditional way is to use key limes, however regular ones work just as fine)

Pour in to glasses and add a sprinkle of cinnamon on top.

each batch makes about 5 servings.

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They look good, right?
If you’ve never had them before don’t let the raw egg white freak you out! You don’t taste it, I promise 🙂

Enjoy!

xo SA

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“Bad news isn’t wine. It doesn’t improve with age.”

You may want to rethink your next happy hour….We’ve all heard about the effects of drinking, and especially the toll it takes on our bodies long-term. Of course, by the end of our college days, we come to this conclusion ourselves to some extent (your first 2-day hangover will do this to you), but what effect does this REALLY have on us? And in particular, our outward appearance. In our twenties and thirties we frequently see older adults who look aged as a clear sign of drinking, but most of us assume we probably aren’t partying as hard as them…but are we really?

Well, in an effort to cut down on excessive drinking, the government of Scotland has released a new app aimed at mhealth, specifically with regards to how alcohol, over a ten year time period, can change your outward appearance. While many consumers may not binge drink, the frequent glass of wine with dinner or at happy hour with friends still adds up over time, and this is meant to bring attention to that fact. The app is called “Drinking Mirror”, and I highly encourage you to invest in the 99cent download. At the least, it’s a great thing to bring to the pub and keep your friends amused for hours. But really, it will have you seriously rethink that second glass of wine this weekend. I for one was horrified with my results.

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Based on what you know of the effects of heavy drinking, do you think this app is an accurate account of what you’ll look like in 10 years? Will it change your drinking habits?

xo SA