Courtesy Ivy Mix
The new book from award-winning bartender Ivy Mix takes you on a tour of Latin America.
Former Half Full Editor
After sheltering at home for nearly three months, Ive begun dreaming about traveling.
While its going to be awhile before I head out on the road again, Ive been able to stave off my wanderlust recently by reading award-winning bartender Ivy Mixs new book, Spirits of Latin America. It chronicles her extensive travels across, you guessed it, Latin America and includes concise and engaging histories of the regions different types of liquor, as well as a hundred of her own cocktail recipes and lovely photos. (The drinks, many of which are served at her acclaimed Brooklyn bar Leyenda, are worth buying the book for alone.)
The book is divided into three main sections: spirits made from agave, spirits made from sugarcane and spirits made from grapes. Its a clever way to group the info and the drinks, and also allows you to understand the interconnectedness of the different drinking cultures.
Whenever the travel ban is lifted, I now have several new destinations I want to visit, thanks to Mix. In the meantime, whenever I start dreaming about a trip, Im going to fix one of her drinks.
To get you on your way try her recipes for the classic Pisco Sour and her original Pan Am Sour.
Courtesy Shannon Sturgis
Morriss Bar, opened in 1916 in Lima, Peru, by American expat Victor Morris, solidified piscos place within the world of classic cocktails with the Pisco Sour, for which Morris is credited as inventor. Morris died in 1939, at which point his many bartenders spread around the world, carrying the Pisco Sour and other great drinks with them.
At our current moment in history, the Pisco Sour is what keeps pisco on the map. This version is my own, using lemon and lime juice to attempt to mimic the flavor of the small, acidic limes of South America.
Add all of the ingredients, except the wine, to a shaker and fill with ice. Shake, and fine-strain into a coupe glass. Gently pour the Malbec over a spoon to float a layer of wine on top of the drink.
Spirits of Latin America