While visiting the Douro region of Portugal, where all the grapes for all Portuguese Port wines are grown, I discover a lighter alternative to the —otherwise delicious— red Ports.
For a summery day in the Douro Valley, where temperatures can get quite high, needless to say that a white port and tonic cocktail is more refreshing than their red and often quite sweet and tannic counterparts.
A good way to drink Port wine, and enjoy the taste of Portugal, without the weight and the red-stained teeth!
So, how do we god about preparing a White Port & Tonic Cocktails?
There’s hardly any cocktail preparation that is simpler than this!
White Port & Tonic Ingredients:
- Ice as needed
- 1/4 cup white Port (60 ml)
- 6 Tbs. tonic water (90 ml or say 1.5 times the volume of white Port)
- Lemon or lime wedge for garnish
- Mint Leaves to taste
How to prepare White Port & Tonic?
- Fill with ice cubes, a wine glass (preferably if you’re wino and you still want to smell and taste better) or a cocktail glass
- Add the white port first
- Top with the tonic water as indicated above, but pour to taste really!
- Stir to mix
- Garnish with a lime/lemon and mint leaves – You’re Done!
Note: the white port and tonic cocktail pictured above was prepared with Dow’s white port, which worked quite well. It’s relatively light, filled with honey and tropical notes, not too sweet.
But here are some alternatives (links to the winery’s websites white port pages):