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Advent 2017 – Day 17

17 Dec

Today’s drinks are:

Indi Tonic Water

This smells of delicious tonic water but kicked up a level. All bitter & woody but also sweet and fruity.

When tasted by itself it immediately hits your saliva glands with its dry bitterness- lovely.

Their website says it can be an aperitif and I agree. I’d gladly drink this before a meal (as well as during and after!). There’s a lot of depth to it and it’s the gift that keeps on giving.

With gin it’s equally delightful – it combines beautifully.

Fonseca Porto Bin 27 Finest Reserve

Drinking these blind meant we didn’t realise this was port until we’d begun drinking it. The smell and way it poured into the glass gave us many clues – so much sweet, treacly, spicy goodness.

When tasted… heaven. It was as though plums, sultanas and nuts that been cooked for hours in wine, sugar, spices and orange peel and then the whole syrupy deliciousness had been simmered until thick, strained, chilled and put into our glasses.

BUT it wasn’t overly sweet and syrupy.

I love port but hadn’t drunk it for years as I’d remembered it as being sweet wine but this is so much more than that. Boozy, fruity, nutty, spicy and with more depth and substance I’ve already ordered more


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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