Summer Cocktails with White Port
Sure, you could make a gin and tonic, but why not try something different?
White port makes an enjoyable summer aperitif and cocktail!
White port is a fortified wine from the Douro region of Portugal. It is made from indigenous white grapes including Malvasia Fina, Gouveio Branco and Esgana Cão, among others.
Production of white port is like that of red port, but with a shorter (or non-existent) maceration period. A neutral grape spirit is added resulting in an alcohol by volume range of 16.5% to 20%.
Aromas of honey, nut and dried fruits are typical. White ports will have some residual sugar, and sweetness levels range from off-dry to fully sweet.
Most producers mature their wines in neutral vessels although some are aged in wood casks to impart color and complexity. The ageing process ranges from 18 months to three years.
You can drink it chilled straight up in a white wine glass. A cocktail made of white port and tonic is popular in Portugal. Mix equal parts of white port and tonic in a cocktail glass, add a few drops of orange bitters and garnish with an orange slice and a mint leaf. Or, make a Manhattan with white port and bourbon; equal parts of each and a dash of orange bitters.
Want to try it? You can purchase a bottle of Rozés White Reserve Porto at Ivy Provisions for only $29.99.
Serve dry white port with almonds, hard cheese, stone fruits, pâté or sushi, and sweet white port with a light dessert such as sponge cake or fresh fruit.