The pisco sour is a cocktail that originated in Lima, Peru in the 1920s. It is made predominately with pisco, a type of Peruvian brandy, lemon juice, egg white, bitters and syrup. Of course, varieties of the cocktail are abundant and some can be tried right here in Philadelphia. Read on to discover some of the best pisco sours in the city.

Cuba Libre
10 S. 2nd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 627-6193
www.cubalibrerestaurant.com

Old City’s Cuba Libre has décor that’ll take you away to Havana, a contemporary Cuban cuisine and an extensive drink list that includes many tropical cocktails like mojitos, rum punches and pisco sours. In fact, Cuba Libre offers three drinks made with pisco. The traditional pisco sour is made with Macchu pisco, lime juice, egg whites, sugar and orange juice. For something slightly different, try the chilcano (pisco, ginger juice, lime juice, guarapo) or the guava sour, similar to the pisco sour, except made with guava instead of orange juice.

Good King Tavern
614 S. 7th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 625-3700
www.thegoodkingtavern.com

Good King Tavern is located a block from South Street in the Bella Vista neighborhood. Popular for its French-inspired menu as much as its specialty craft cocktails, this friendly restaurant serves a simple version of the classic pisco sour, made with just pisco, citrus and egg white. Enjoy your drink with an appetizer or meal like ratatouille and chickpea pancakes (during brunch on Saturday and Sunday), steak frites or escargot.

Jamonera
105 S. 13th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 922-6061
www.jamonerarestaurant.com

Jamonera is a Spanish tapas and wine bar located in Philly’s Midtown Village on 13th Street. Jamonera puts a Spanish twist on the Peruvian pisco sour with the use of Spanish brandy, lemon, syrup and egg white, called a merito sour. Pair your cocktail with one of Jamonera’s “Best of Philly” tapas, such as seafood (or vegetarian) paella, stuffed medjool dates and grilled spare ribs. Along with its merito sour, Jamonera serves a wide variety of cocktails, wine and beer.

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The Olde Bar
125 Walnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 253-3777
www.theoldebar.com

The Olde Bar is the newest venture by chef Jose Garces in Old City. It is located in the famed Bookbinder’s and, just like Bookbinder’s before it, is dedicated to bringing fresh seafood and nostalgia into the city. It has a lengthy beverage list of wines, beers, ciders, spirits and signature cocktails, including the pisco sour, comprised of pisco, egg white, lemon and bitters. Enjoy your drink with some oysters, which are only a dollar during happy hour, a small snack like deviled eggs or a larger plate, like mussels, crab cake or steak for those non-fish eaters out there.

Red Owl Tavern
433 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 923-2267
www.redowltavern.com

Red Owl Tavern is located in Old City, across from the Liberty Bell, and serves classic American dishes, craft beers and specialty cocktails. As a cocktail bar, Red Owl Tavern has a good mix of punches, new & innovative cocktails (like the spiced Collins) and updated versions of the classics, like the pisco sour made with pisco, egg white and citrus. Its meals use the freshest ingredients local to Philadelphia, and the menu is full of delicious dishes to share with your friends or enjoy on your own, like steak, soup and calamari.

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Kelly Neilson is a freelance writer living and working in Philadelphia. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.

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