Fairly or unfairly, Port has a bit of a reputation, perceived by many in the UK as an ‘old man’s’ drink. This is not a universal opinion; in its Portuguese homeland, it’s a common sight on cocktail menus.
The people behind Port are on a mission to bring the drink to a younger audience. Changing people’s perceptions of the drink is a difficult task, mostly because so many younger people have never actually tried it. With Christmas on the horizon and fortified wines, namely Sherry, gaining traction in restaurants, we thought we would do our part in introducing some people to the joys of Port. Below you will find 4 of our favourite port cocktails for you to enjoy this festive season. I’m sure there are many that we have missed so let us know in the comments your favourites!
This cocktail comes in many guises with a number of recipes floating around. We’re picking one of the more common variants, a refreshing cocktail that acts as a great introduction to port.
Shake all ingredients excluding the sparkling water in a Boston shaker. Strain into an Old Fashioned glass over crushed ice. Top with sparkling water and garnish with an orange wedge and sprig of mint.
Often known by the name “Coffee Cocktail” based on its look rather than ingredients (no coffee is included), The Porto Flip was first recorded by Jerry Thomas in his 1862 book The Bartender’s Guide: How to Mix Drinks.
Pour all ingredients into an ice-filled Boston shaker. Shake well and strain into cocktail glass, preferably a coupe. Best served with a sprinkling of fresh ground nutmeg.
Oaxaca coffee cocktail
This variation on the Porto Flip was created and is served in London’s The Cinnamon Club. As the name suggests, this cocktail adds a Mexican twist to the classic.
Pour all ingredients into a Boston shaker half filled with ice. Shake well and strain into coupe glass. Garnish with orange zest and a coffee bean!
Another variation on a classic here. The Ruby Manhattan is an interesting twist on the classic Manhattan cocktail.
Pour all ingredients into a glass and stir with ice until well chilled. Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with a maraschino cherry.
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