Cranberry Pisco Sour

Get a head start on this holiday cocktail for your party by making the cranberry simple syrup up to a day in advance.

Cranberry Pisco Sour
Photo: Carson Downing
Hands On Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
5 hrs 40 mins


  • 1 cup granulated sugar

  • 1 cup unsweetened cranberry juice

  • 1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries

  • ¾ cup superfine sugar

  • 2 ounce pisco brandy

  • 1 ounce unsweetened cranberry juice

  • ½ ounce lime juice

  • ½ ounce egg white*

  • Angostura bitters


  1. For simple syrup: In a medium saucepan combine granulated sugar and the 1 cup cranberry juice. Heat over medium-high, whisking to dissolve sugar. Bring to a simmer; remove from heat. Stir in cranberries. Let stand 30 minutes. Cover and chill at least 4 or up to 24 hours.

  2. Strain cranberries, reserving syrup. Place superfine sugar in a bowl. Working with a few at a time, roll cranberries in the sugar. Let dry on a parchment-lined baking sheet at least 1 hour. Thread onto cocktail picks.

  3. For each cocktail, in a cocktail shaker combine pisco, the 1 oz. cranberry juice, the lime juice, egg white, and 1/2 oz. of the cranberry syrup. Shake 15 to 20 seconds. Fill cocktail shaker two-thirds full with ice; shake 20 seconds. Strain into a cocktail glass. Add three or four drops bitters to the cocktail and garnish with sugared cranberry skewer. Makes 1.


Use pasteurized egg whites if serving to anyone with a compromised immune system.

NA for Sugared Cranberries

NA per serving: 11 calories, 0 g protein, 3 g carbohydrate, 0 g total fat (0 g sat. fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 0 g fiber, 2 g total sugar, 0% Vitamin A, 1% Vitamin C, 0 mg sodium, 0% calcium, 0% iron

NA for Simple Syrup

NA per serving: 44 calories, 0 g protein, 12 g carbohydrate, 0 g total fat (0 g sat. fat), 0 mg cholesterol, 0 g fiber, 12 g total sugar, 0% Vitamin A, 1% Vitamin C, 0 mg sodium, 0% calcium, 0% iron

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

214 Calories
18g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 1
Calories 214
% Daily Value *
Sodium 29mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 18g 7%
Total Sugars 16g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 14.3mg 72%
Calcium 4mg 0%
Iron 0.1mg 1%
Potassium 71mg 2%
Folate, total 2.1mcg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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