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Best Pisco Sours in Denver?

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mampara Nov 22, 2011 02:32 PM

Hello local foodies,

I'm looking for the best pisco sours in Denver. Does anyone have any recommendations? I had some at Limon (Denver, east 17th or 18th) a while back that were adequate but not great; I'd like to find some fantastic ones.

Thank you! I'm a recently relocated member, and appreciate the help!

mampara

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Limon Restaurant
1618 E 17th Ave, Denver, CO 80218

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    RobynS Nov 22, 2011 05:11 PM

    Now this is a quest I can get in on! I lived in Chile and they are a favorite. I think my favorite so far have been at Aji in Boulder. But I don't like the nutmeg they put on top which isn't traditional in Chile so I ask them to keep it off.

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    Aji Restaurant
    1601 Pearl St, Boulder, CO 80302

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      mampara Nov 22, 2011 05:42 PM

      Thank you!!! I was beginning to fear a very dry December with no replies... for what it's worth, my first pisco at Limon was amazing, and made by the owner I believe... since then, it has been very much hit or miss. Have you by chance tried the piscos at Cebiche in the Highlands? I'm hoping there's some place in or around Denver that's more manageable after work...

      !!Gracias!!

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      Limon Restaurant
      1618 E 17th Ave, Denver, CO 80218

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        RobynS Nov 22, 2011 05:56 PM

        I think I've been there and while it wasn't my favorite it was fine. I think. It's been awhile. Sorry! Where are you from?

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          mampara Nov 22, 2011 07:33 PM

          I am from Denver originally (boring) but have spent a significant amount of time living and working in Spain (random). My connection with piscos is through work-- I've spent the better part of 2 years working closely with Peruvians on a project located in Peru. I haven't managed to get down there yet, but I love the fusion of cultures in Peruvian cuisine. And pisco sours can be almost a religious experience when done right. Thanks for your comments!

    2. DrakeRemoray Nov 25, 2011 02:18 PM

      I can't say for certain, but if you try Colt and Grey, the talented bar staff surely can pull one off.

      Not sure if they have Pisco at Root Down, but if so I am sure that Mike Henderson could put one together for you...ok just looked at the spirits menu, it does not list Pisco...but!...Linger has it. I am sure Carrie can put together a quality sour for you.

      Also maybe try the good folks at Williams & Graham

      If they have the ingredients, the bartender is more important than the bar for sure!

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      Root Down
      1600 W. 33rd Avenue, Denver, CO 80211

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        RobynS Nov 25, 2011 07:04 PM

        That is a good point. Pisco is a lot more readily available now than it was 15 years ago. I can even get it at my corner liquor store in Louisville. Although a good pisco sour isn't made with sour mix so unless a bartender is familiar with with the lemon juice/sugar/egg white combo it may not be a good one.

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          DrakeRemoray Nov 27, 2011 10:48 AM

          The bartenders I mention would not use sour mix...thankfully!

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            mampara Nov 28, 2011 10:38 AM

            Thanks DrakeRemoray for the suggestions. I may need to learn how to make a good pisco myself so I can coach the bartender...

            I think it may just be a criminal offense to use sour mix in a Pisco...

      2. DrakeRemoray Feb 21, 2012 11:34 AM

        Pinche Tacos has a pisco sour on the cocktail list...made with egg white!
        http://pinchetacos.com/dynamic/index....

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