How to Make a Pisco Sour & a Cocktail Video

Posted on April 19, 2010 | By The Bon-Vivant | Comments Off on How to Make a Pisco Sour & a Cocktail Video

Since writing yesterday’s post on Pisco Elqui, I’ve been searching through YouTube videos for a good one that describes how to make a Pisco Sour. Most of them are of American bartenders whipping up a version of the drink that would probably not be recognized south of Paramus, New Jersey.

However, there is one beautiful, authentic version of a Peruvian Pisco Sour being made, this one below, from the film Oblivion.

I’ve looked at a lot of videos of people making cocktails over the past few weeks, and I’ve noticed that the overwhelming majority of these videos are boring and unsatisfying. What makes the above version of a cocktail video stand out as being neither, aside from its superior production values, is that it includes authentic bartender chat.

Most other cocktail videos are too focused on the mechanical production of the drink. They lack the easy charm that the best bartenders have, that sort of relaxed, convivial, world-weariness that makes you want to order another round, just to see the fellow mix the drink.

Also, here’s a tip from this video for future producers of cocktail videos: you’re not on the radio.

Don’t say, in tedious detail, “I’m cutting up a lemon peel and putting it in the drink.” Instead, take a lemon wedge, slice off a peel, and drop it in the cup. People can see what you’re doing. No need to describe it.

And while you do that, you can use the dialogue to entertain your viewers with an amusing or informative story about lemons. See, easy-peasy. Do that and you’re already ahead of 90% of the other video makers.

By the way, three(!) ounces of pisco! No wonder I felt like taking a nap whenever I had a couple.


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