Light and fruity, Portuguese white port works well with bitter tonic to make a refreshing aromatic drink that you can drink in any season.
When we were on holiday in Portugal, we took a mini holiday within our holiday. We visited Lisbon which was only a 3 hour drive from our villa and stayed overnight at an Airbnb right in the centre of the city which worked brilliantly. Just like our villa, we could relax at to our own timetable and eat where and when we wanted.
I had in my sights to visit the Time Out Market food hall in Lisbon after reading about in various newspapers and magazines. It was everything I wanted it to be. Filled with delicious Portuguese meals cooked to order and just about every other cuisine you could think of. I loved it and while perched on the incredibly high stools eating my dinner I actually let my legs swing like I was about 8 years old.
Before we even decided what to eat, my husband came back to our table with a White Port & Tonic without asking. This is one of the many reasons I love him. While drinking the cocktail I felt it summed up Portugal in a glass. Unexpected, aromatic and full of colour.
Here’s a video on how to make it.
I’d heard of white port before but it was something reserved for after dinner drinks or special occasions but in Portugal it’s widely available and a regular on the supermarket shelves. White Port is made from white grapes as apposed to the red grapes in ruby Port and has a lighter, nuttier and citrusier flavour. It is delicious served chilled with almonds and cheeses after a meal. Actually, we grazed on these all holiday long. Don’t you just love holidays like that?
- Handful of Ice cubes
- 50ml white port
- 1 large strip orange peel
- 1 large strip lemon peel
- 5 mint leaves, bruised
- Tonic water
- Put a handful of ice cubes in a large glass.
- Pour over 50ml white port.
- Add one strip of each orange and lemon peel.
- Bruise the mint leaves by crushing slightly in your hand and add to the glass.
- Top with tonic and stir.