It doesn't get much easier than this white Port-themed mixer. White Port is made in the same way as Portugal's traditional fortified red Port wine, except that the grapes used are not surprisingly all indigenous white wine grapes like Malvasia and Viosinho. In the famous Port city of Porto, tucked into the corner of northwest Portugal, the light, fresh style of white Port cocktails shake up dance club mixology, daytime lunches, and function as a classic regional apéritif.
As a classic Portuguese apéritif, white Port is poured over ice and tonic water is added to taste, with a squeeze or a slice of citrus (typically orange, but lemon and lime have also been known to pop up) to top things off. Semi-sweet, with the honeyed fruit character expected from white Port and downright delicious as a pre-dinner lift, white Port and Tonic delivers a richer, fruit-induced tasting experience that shows more opulence and an engaging sense of place over the typical, tired gin and tonic.
White Wine Port Producers to Try: Churchill's, Dow's, Fonseca, Graham's, Taylor Fladgate, Warre's
- 3 ounces of White Port
- 3 ounces of Tonic Water
- 1 orange slice
- 1/2 glass of ice
Simply fill a tumbler half full with ice and add three ounces of white Port to the glass.
Next, add an equal pour of tonic water (or adjust to personal taste) and top with a squeeze of orange slice and an optional garnish.