Chilcano de Anis Pisco Cocktail

Pisco is a spirit made from distilled grape wine. In this pretty cocktail, it’s paired with an anise simple syrup that gives just the right bite without being overpowering.


  • 1 cup water
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 10 star anise pods
  • 1.5 oz Pisco (I used Barsol Selecto Italia)
  • .5 oz Fresh key Lime juice
  • 3 dashes of Abbott’s bitters
  • 5 oz Ginger Beer
  • Garnish with star anise


  1. Make the anise simple syrup by combining water and sugar in a small saucepan on medium heat. When sugar is dissolved, add 10 star anise pods. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes, then turn heat off and let steep for at least 1 hour. Let cool. Syrup will be good in the fridge for at least a week.
  2. To assemble the cocktail, fill a cocktail glass with ice. Pour Pisco over ice. Add 1/2 ounce anise simple syrup, lime juice, bitters and stir once. Top with ginger beer and garnish with star anise.

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