Agua Desierto

Rating (18)
“Agua Desierto is the first thing I’d crawl to after miles of sand. This refreshing, brightly hued cocktail is like a glimmering oasis in the distance.” – Laila Grainawi
  • 2.00 oz Pisco Control
  • 0.75 oz Prickly Pear Syrup
  • 0.75 oz Fresh Lime Juice
  • 3 drops Bittercube Jamaican #2 Bitters

Garnish: Freshly Grated Lime Zest

Bar Tools: Jigger or Measuring Cup, Cobbler ShakerSmall Knife, Microplane or Grater
Glass: Coupe

Each box includes all ingredients including garnish. Bar tools and glassware not included but can be ordered separately.

All orders for alcohol are fulfilled by Keystone Wine and Spirits, LLC.

  1. Chill Coupe Glass by placing in fridge/freezer or by filling with ice water and setting aside for 5 minutes (optional.)
  2. Grate or zest limes into a bowl and set aside for Step 8. Save the limes for juice.
  3. Cut 1 zested lime in half crosswise, then squeeze the 2 halves of the lime into a cup and set aside for Step 3. (Note: 1 lime will yield approximately 1.0 oz of fresh juice – you will only need 0.75 oz per cocktail.)
  4. Measure and add all ingredients (except for garnish) to Cobbler Shaker.
  5. Fill shaker with ice, place top of Cobbler Shaker back on the shaker, and shake vigorously for 10 seconds.
  6. Remove Coupe Glass from fridge/freezer or if using ice water, empty the glass.
  7. Strain shaken cocktail into the glass.
  8. Garnish with reserved fresh grated lime zest for a bright citrus note with every sip.
  9. Cheers!
  • 1 Control C Pisco (750ml bottle)
  • 1 Bittercube Jamaican #2 Bitters (30ml bottle)
  • 6oz Prickly Pear Syrup
  • 6 Fresh Limes

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Laila Grainawi
Cocktail Courier | Chicago

Laila has always been a creative soul. Often dubbed the black sheep of the family (everyone else is an engineer), she embraced her unique perspective and mov...

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Reviews (18)

Fruity but different.

Great cocktail. This was my first experience with Pisco, and now I’m hooked.

Andrew N.

We love this cocktail! It’s perfectly balanced, not too sweet, not too tangy. The color is gorgeous as well. We actually already owned a bottle of pisco, so we will be tracking down more prickly pear syrup so we can make it again and again.

Leonel R.
Bright and refreshing

It was great. Definitely recommend. Sweet but not overly, balanced by the brightness of the lime juice. Zest was a nice fun garnish. We found that using a microplane zester in short, quick swipes worked best to keep the zest from becoming too large and “chewy.” The bitters were really nice as well. Looking forward to the next round!

Bill G.
Tart but sweet

We really enjoyed this cocktail. We’d never had Pisco and it leant itself well to the tartness of the lime and the sweetness of the prickly pear syrup. We may have to get this one again!

Susan S.
New spring fav!

We loved this cocktail. So well balanced between sweet and tart and the color is gorgeous! This will be on our spring cocktail lineup for certain! Highly recommend the lime zest as garnish….it helps with the balance.

Karin C.
Loved it!

Unique, refreshing, and not too sweet. Would be perfect on a warm evening. Loved the combination of flavors, and the gorgeous color!

Carey K.
Savor Each Sip

Refreshing, fragrant combo of flavors!

Kelly M.

Would never have tried prickly pear on my own and have never heard of pisco. Great combination.

Kim W.
Very good!

We really enjoyed sipping our new cocktail: it is so different, vibrant, besides the color, which is beautiful! Love the pisco!

Celia M.
(Not too) Sweet Deliciousness

An amazing cocktail. Never heard of Pisco before so I had some doubts. But the simple combination of ingredients made this drink a delight to consume. Fresh and sweet but not so sweet you get fuzzy sweaters on your teeth. Shared with friends during the Super Bowl and all of us had more than one drink and still wanted more.. Gotta try it!

Michael L.

This cocktail is the reason we subscribe to the Cocktail Courier service. The drink is easy to make, uses unique ingredients, and the resultant product is a unique and fabulous tasting libation! The taste is moderately fruity though complex, and the lime zest can be forgone if desired without sacrificing much flavor. Cheers!

Brian L.
Agua Desierto

This cocktail was fine, but it was more a spring/summer cocktail than a mid-winter one.

Gerard S.
A very pretty drink

I used my vintage long stem coupe glasses and whipped up a batch for friends. Everything one enjoyed it.

Lynn D.
A Colorful, Refreshing Sweet Sipper

The color is amazing – like nothing you’ve seen before, thanks to the prickly pear syrup. The flavor is very sweet with a number of complex undertones, but saved from being cloying by the lime zest (which is another unusual garnish). This is a good cocktail to use for novices who rarely venture beyond the cosmo in order broaden their horizons. It’s also perfectly palatable for those who eschew ‘girly drinks’ because there’s a lot going on as well as the lingering tartness. I’m not likely to have prickly pear syrup on hand that often (who does?) but I’ll be bringing the rest of my order to a party this weekend where it’ll be sure to be a conversation-starter!

Mark T.
Cheryl Alessandrini

Delicious fruity and refreshing

Cheryl A.
Flavorful & tart

Festive-looking, flavorful drink with some tartness from the lime. Very good.

Angelica J.
The best kind of sour

The drink was spectacular, my girlfriend and I loved how every sip was a balance of sweet and sour fruit flavors. I would reccomend this cocktail to anyone.

Samuel M.
Very good

I love the pisco drinks! And this one with pear was wonderful!

Christy B.