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The 9 best pisco sours in Chicago

These Chicago pisco sours top our list, with a traditional yellowish hue or a froth of egg white on top

Photograph: Clayton Hauck

The South American brandy has made its way onto cocktail lists for those who love a balanced cocktail with a citrus kick tempered with an egg white. Chicago serves up some of the best pisco sours at craft beer spots, places with great patios and the best cocktail bars in the city.

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Bars, Cocktail bars

Tommy Gun at GreenRiver


This twist on a classic has the qualities of an original pisco sour—but better. The Tommy Gun comes in a wine glass and is made with Kappa Chilean Pisco with pineapple, lime, garam masala and aromatic bitters. It's bright and refreshing, with hints of the Indian spices shining through. $13. —Elizabeth Atkinson

Photograph: Courtesy Broken Shaker
Bars, Cocktail bars

Steakhouse Sour at The Broken Shaker

River North

The Steakhouse Sour at the Broken Shaker is definitely the oddball on the list. Made with a bordelaise sauce reduction, this savory sour is full-bodied. Is that a hint of jerky we smell? Yes, the stenciling on the top is made with beef-infused Angostura bitters. $13. —EA

Photograph: Courtesy Band of Bohemia
Bars, Breweries

A Good Break-up at Band of Bohemia

Lincoln Square

Formerly known as the Moroccan Sour, this sour adds a bit of spice with a ras el hanout–infused Kappa pisco—an Indian spice with cardamom and cinnamon tastes—giving it a kick of Indian flavoring enhanced by a spicy chile de arbol. $10. —EA

Photograph: Clayton Hauck
Restaurants, Contemporary American

Altamira at Cherry Circle Room


Tequila lovers, here's your sour. Made with tequila, apple brandy and sherry, it sure tastes like a pisco sour with a kick of originality. It's a well–balanced cocktail, an easy drinker with a nice sherry taste. $13. —EA

Photograph: Courtesy Scofflaw
Bars, Lounges

The Highwind at Scofflaw

Logan Square

You can’t go wrong with the cocktail list at Scofflaw, and this twist on a pisco sour is simply delightful. The pink-hued Highwind comes served in a coupe, with Chilean Pisco, creme de violette, aperol and lemon. Sip and savor—it feels like springtime. $9. —Laura Rote

Photograph: Paul Strabbing
Bars, Cocktail bars

41 Jane Does at the Violet Hour

Wicker Park

With a pretty Angostura bitters embellishment on top, the 41 Jane Does wins for loveliest presentation. Both pear liqueur and apple brandy make up the spine of the cocktail, giving it a crisp fruity taste that's perfectly easy to drink. Props to this one, the extra cocktail comes in a small carafe when you're ready to top it off. $12. —EA

Photograph: Courtesy Barrelhouse Flat
Bars, Cocktail bars

Pisco Sour at the Barrelhouse Flat

Sheffield & DePaul

The only classic on our list made just like the recipe comes from the Barrelhouse Flat, which boasts an extensive list of classic cocktails. A sure bet here is the pisco sour, made with Taberno La Botija pisco and garnished with a line of Angostura bitters. It's bright and citrusy mellowed with egg white—a delicious pisco sour. $13. —EA

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Restaurants, American

Road Runner at the Dawson

River West/West Town

This pretty pisco sour, served in a big cup with a silver rim, tastes like it's loaded with graham crackers, thanks to gingerbread rooibos tea–infused Kappa pisco. It's topped with a bit of cinnamon and filled with Bacardi 8 Rum, BroVo's Lucky Falernum and soda. $12.—EA

Photograph: Courtesy Analogue
Bars, Cocktail bars

Casual Magic at Analogue

Logan Square

The Casual Magic at Analogue takes the original pisco sour and switches it up just a tad, adding strawberry cardamom syrup to turn the drink to a nice orange color. It's available on the brunch cocktail menu, and it's a great accompaniment to those beignets. $10. —EA

How to make a pisco sour

Photograph: Courtesy Clayton Hauck for Cherry Circle Room

How to make a pisco sour

This South American cocktail has made its way to the US. It's made with the South American liquor pisco—a brandy made by distilling grape wine—citrus, a sweetener and an egg white.