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ABV 19% /2.4 Alcoholic Units

Primary Spirit: Pisco

A Brief History of a Mosquito

The Mosquito cocktail is a contemporary variation inspired by the Mojito, a classic Cuban cocktail traditionally made with rum. This version substitutes Pisco, a grape-based spirit from Peru and Chile, which has been celebrated in South American culture for centuries. The use of Pisco adds a unique twist to the Mosquito, marrying the traditional elements of the Mojito with the rich heritage and distinctive flavour of Pisco. This adaptation reflects the ongoing innovation in cocktail culture, where mixologists blend regional spirits with classic recipes to create new and exciting drinks.

Taste and Flavour Profile

The Mosquito cocktail with Pisco offers a refreshing blend of tart lime and cool mint, all underscored by the aromatic and slightly floral notes of Pisco. The result is a balanced drink with a smooth, yet lively flavour profile, where the crisp acidity of lime and the herbal freshness of mint are beautifully complemented by the subtle complexities of the Pisco.

Food Pairings

The Mosquito cocktail pairs wonderfully with a variety of dishes. Its bright and refreshing profile makes it an excellent companion to seafood dishes such as ceviche, grilled fish, or shrimp tacos. It also pairs nicely with light appetisers like avocado toast, fresh salads, or bruschetta. For a sweet pairing, consider serving it with citrus-based desserts like lemon tart, lime sorbet, or fresh fruit salads.

Bar Equipment

  • Cocktail shaker
  • Hawthorne strainer & fine sieve
  • Rocks/Coupe glass
  • Jigger


  • 60ml Pisco
  • 30ml Freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 20ml simple syrup*
  • 6-8 Fresh mint leaves
  • Garnish: lime wedge/mint sprig
  • Ice


  • Add all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice, shake and double strain into a chilled rocks/coupe glass filled with ice
  • Garnish with a lime wedge/mint sprig

*Simple syrup - 1 part sugar to one part water. Gently heat in a pan until sugar has dissolved and allow to cool

What's the best Pisco for a Mosquito?

Selecting the best Pisco for a Mosquito cocktail can depend on personal preferences, as well as the availability of Pisco brands in your region. Pisco comes in various styles, each with its unique characteristics. Here are some well-regarded Pisco options that are commonly recommended for crafting a delicious Pisco Sour:

  • Barsol Mosto Verde Quebranta Pisco: Barsol's Mosto Verde Quebranta Pisco is made from the Quebranta grape using the mosto verde method, resulting in a richer and more full-bodied Pisco. It brings a robust flavour with hints of tropical fruits and a smooth finish.
  • Macchu Pisco: Macchu Pisco is a Quebranta Pisco with a clean and crisp taste. It features notes of ripe fruit and a subtle floral quality, offering a well-balanced foundation for a Pisco Sour.
  • La Diablada Pisco: La Diablada is an acholado pisco from Peru, which means it is made from the first pressing of three different types of grapes. It's more floral than the regular Macchu Pisco, and originally created to be a sipping pisco. Between the floral and sweet notes, this is easily one of the best piscos out there.

The Mosquito cocktail with Pisco offers a delightful and refreshing twist on a classic recipe, bringing together the lively flavours of lime, and mint, with the distinctive character of Pisco. Whether enjoyed at a summer gathering or a casual evening with friends, this cocktail provides a refreshing and sophisticated experience that highlights the versatility and charm of Pisco.

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