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Perfect Pear cocktail

5 Mar

I’ve a bottle of white port in fridge and as much as I love a white Port & tonic tonight I’m craving something richer. So a bit of googling later and I find this page of Port cocktail recipes.

Immediately the Perfect Pair catches my eye and fortunately I have a bottle of Tawny Port waiting to be open and within minutes I’m able to mix one:

  • 1 1/2 oz Tawny Port
  • 1oz Pear Eau de Vie
  • 1/4 simple syrup
  • stir all ingredients with ice and strain to serve

And soon I’m enjoying it

And what a cocktail!

Sweet ( but not too sweet, just nicely so) , rich, complex, deep and very, very moreish this is a drink I’ll definitely return to.


Princeton Cocktail

2 May

It’s week 9 of 52 weeks of Mixology and this week’s theme is: layered

I spent a lot of time looking for a layered cocktail that wasn’t going to be sickly sweet and eventually came across a mention of a Princeton Cocktail. A bit of more searching revealed this and that the drink appears in ‘Imbibe’. The recipe is:

  • 2 ounces Old Tom gin (or Plymouth gin plus 1/2 teaspoon simple syrup)
  • 2 dashes orange bitters
  • 3/4 ounce ruby or tawny port (preferably chilled)

Fill a mixing glassd with ice and add the gin (the simple syrup, if you’re using) and the bitters. Stir well for 20 seconds and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Gently pour the port down the inside edge of the cocktail glass, allowing it to slide down the side and settle in the bottom of the drink.

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The end result was lovely! Heavy on the gin but with a fruity, sweet port perfume. The taste was the same – a strong gin front but followed by the port.

This was a great aperitif and one I’ll return to so I’m pleased to have discovered it!


10 Mar

Continuing my quest for a beer cocktail for week 2 of 52 weeks of mixology on Reddit I headed to Google and looked for Guinness cocktails.

One of the results was Guinness’ website and there I found the recipe for a Midnight:
– 35ml port
– 1 can of Guinness



The resulting drink is definitely mainly Guinness but with a hint of the port- on the first sip you get a hit of slight sweetness and a slight smell and taste of the port.
Overall its not a drastic change but the drink is less bitter and ‘dark’ than just Guinness with more body and a hint of fruity sweetness.

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