The little brother drink of Pisco Sour, this version replaced the lime for passion fruit, also called Maracuya. Nothing is more pleasant than dipping your lips into this airy foam to reach this fruity Maracuya Sour cocktail!
If a drink is waiting in paradise for our soul, Maracuya Sour would be it! A soft foamy, fruity drink with a touch of bitterness. There is no better drink, especially made with the actual fruit; Maracuya, also called passion fruit. So let’s do a deep dive into the specifics of this cocktail.
Pisco Sour is the pride of Peru, a type of Margarita made with pisco, lime, simple syrup, Angostura bitters and egg white. Well, this version is the same, but I exchanged the lime for Maracuya! Pisco is a type of grape-distilled spirit from Peru or Chile. It was produced by the Spanish settlers who wanted to recreate another spirit called Orujo from the mainland.
Fresh Egg White
You need an egg white to get this airy foam on top of the drink. This puts some people off, but don’t be. Tell yourself it’s a meringue on top of a lemon pie. Many cocktails contain egg whites; make sure to use fresh eggs. The risk of contracting Salmonella is slim if you do so, but yes, it still could happen. A risk, well worth it! If by mistake you crack the egg and some yolk bits get in, don’t use it. It won’t foam.
Yes, both are the same, well, in English. In Peru, they use a yellow passion fruit called Maracuya. It’s a bit bigger and contains more juice than the purple version. They both taste similar, so this drink will turn out sensational whether you have purple or yellow ones.
To know if a passion fruit is ripe, or mature enough simply wait til it looks a bit wrinkly. If the surface of the fruit is firm and tight, the fruit will be sour. Better wait til a bit of wrinkle appears. If you can find natural passion fruit juice go for it! Make sure it’s not too manipulated (too much sugar and conservant) if you want a good drink.
It’s a concentrated bitter herbal alcohol which often flavours drinks. It’s a potent concoction that needs a drop or two to contribute to a beverage flavour. A German surgeon invented it in the Simon Bolivar times in Venezuela. Back in the day, doctors used these bitter alcoholic concoctions to treat patients. Today, the bottle is easily recognizable by its oversized label covering the tiny bottle.
You can use a typical cocktail shaker for this drink or a small blender. I like the blender because it really makes a big foam, while the shaker does too, it’s a bit less airy foam.
So I believe we did the whole tour of the cocktail. Here are other cocktails that might interest you:
- 1/2 cup passion fruit juice (without seeds (4-5 fruits))
- 1/4 cup pisco
- 1/4 cup simple syrup (Boil same amount of sugar and water, stir until dissolved and let cool. (Check full recipe here))
- 1 egg white (fresh eggs)
- 2 drops Angostura bitters
- 5 ice cubes
- Start by collecting the juice from passion fruit with the help of a meshed sieve.
- Add all the ingredients to a shaker or small blender and mix well.
- Serve with a drop or two of Angostura bitters.
I am not a big drinker at all, but for some special occasions, it is always nice to have some cocktails recipes handy. This sounds delicious and not so obvious. Thanks for sharing!
I really enjoyed this refreshing Pisco Sour with lime. I could easily have a few of this crushing cocktail
Wow, this drink is amazing! Love anything with passion fruit so had to try and wow, will be making again this weekend!
This is an excellent post! I have a bottle of pisco from when FIFA world cup was in Brazil and this is the perfect recipe to use it in. I absolutely love passion fruit so it’s calling my name!