Where to find the best pisco sours in LA
Peach-flavored cocktails have the tendency to bring you back to that summer when Peach Schnapps was taken in sips from a plastic flask, passed around a campfire from friend to friend. At FOH, though, peach is upgraded in the form of a pisco sour—or, as it is adorably dubbed here, the Peach-Co Sour. Pisco, peach and a froth of egg white decorated with bitters and bee pollen result in this pretty concoction, as the bitterness of the pollen offsets the sweetness of the peach for a well-balanced, oh-so-smooth cocktail. Enjoy it at the bar or take it out on the patio to sip under string lights and the towering apartment complex across the street.
Smack dab in the middle of Hollywood, Los Balcones is a traditional, rustic Peruvian joint, where you can find plantain fritters, ceviche and all the pisco your heart desires. House infused piscos rotate frequently, but a recent menu included anise, tropical and spicy, along with a berry version that stole our hearts. Made with Capurro Acholado pisco infused with strawberry and lemongrass, it's topped with a frothy egg white and angostura bitters, and makes for a refreshing post-work reward.
Walk through a minimalist barber shop to get to the bar at Blind Barber, a craft cocktail spot in Culver City. Though you may get distracted by their massive grilled cheese menu, you'll want to pay attention to the River Child, too. Kappa pisco is mixed with lime juice, amber agave and a hint of cayenne pepper for some heat, while a frothy layer of egg white sits on top. If the DJ isn't playing prime dance beats, slide into one of Blind Barber's comfortable leather booths and watch Tinder dates awkwardly flirt with varying levels of success.
There are many reasons to visit Odys + Penelope—the grilled meats, pastry chef Karen Hatfield's desserts—but toward the top of the list is the Fino Sour, a beautiful concoction to accompany your meal. Made with pisco, fino sherry, egg white and lemon bitters, the smooth drink almost acts as a dessert itself, with a sweet finish that goes down all too easily.