During one of Hotsy Totsy’s recent Stewsday events, I had the pleasure of sampling their special Aji de Gallina and three different Macchu Pisco cocktails, including one with a pür spirits liqueur. But the real highlight of the evening was meeting the women behind the bar, the Pisco, and the liqueur, learning about their work with LUPEC, and hearing about the upcoming book project that features recipes and portraits of women bartenders from the Bay Area. Naturally, I was reminded of the women from the films of the Spanish Pedro Almodovar.
My goal then, was to create a cocktail that honored these women. I didn’t envision something fruity or colorful, but rather, something complex, something that at a first glance may seem strong like bourbon, but then you close your eyes, inhale its scent, and let its floral tones prepare you for the hidden sweetness of that first sip. Presenting, a Pisco cocktail with pür spirits elderflower liqueur and cream sherry, to honor the strong, sweet, and complex women from the films of Pedro Almodovar — the Pisco Flower of My Secret.
- 1 oz. Encanto Pisco “Acholado”
- 1 oz. pür spirits elderflower liqueur
- 1 oz. Sandeman “Oloroso” Sherry
- 1 oz. simple syrup
- a dash of Angostura Bitters
Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass with ice, stir to chill, and serve strained in a cocktail coupe. Garnish with a lemon peel.