Summer White Port Cocktail

This post was sponsored by Fonseca Port. As always, all opinions stated are my own. 

Summer White Port Cocktail

White port. It’s what we’re drinking this summer.

I’m fairly new to white port. I’m more familiar with tawny and ruby ports. I’ve always associated those red ports as an after dinner drink, more like a dessert wine that you pair with chocolates and rich sweets. Red ports are great for the cooler months when I’m craving spice and warmth.

In the hotter months I want something light and refreshing. That’s where white port comes into play. Move over rosé. I’m crushing on white port cocktail this summer.

Summer White Port Cocktail

This Fonseca Siroco White Port is very dry. It is slightly sweet with an inviting fruity aroma and light oak notes. Unlike it’s red port counterpart, white port is well suited as an aperitif (meaning: typically served before a meal to stimulate the appetite).

White port is traditionally served chilled on it’s own or mixed with tonic (or sparkling water). I tried it both ways and it’s super refreshing. Within a couple sips I knew this white port would be a wonderful summer cocktail base.

Summer White Port Cocktail

Summer White Port Cocktail

Summer White Port Cocktail

Fonseca Siroco White Port is very crisp and light. I wanted to pair it’s clean flavors with something equally fresh. Grapefruit and mint were the winners.

The slight bitterness of the grapefruit juice pairs wonderfully with the smooth white port. The cooling sweetness of the mint syrup rounds out the citrus and floral notes of the drink. To keep this cocktail delicate, I toned it down with a splash of club soda.

This is the kind of cocktail you can drink like iced tea…meaning refills are very much welcome.

If you’re a fan of gin based cocktails (think floral notes), you’ll definitely want to give this summer white port cocktail a try.

Summer Port Cocktail

Yield: serves 1, multiply as needed

Author Maryanne Cabrera

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Fonseca Siroco White Port
  • 1 oz fresh grapefruit juice
  • 1/2 oz mint syrup recipe follows
  • 1/4 oz fresh lime juice
  • 1 1/2 oz club soda or sparkling water

Mint Syrup:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 20-25 fresh mint leaves torn

Instructions

  1. Add ice to mixing glass. Pour in Fonseca Siroco White Port, grapefruit juice, mint syrup, lime juice, and club soda. Stir until mixture is chilled.

  2. Strain into serving glass with fresh ice. Garnish with sliced lime and fresh mint leaves.

Mint Syrup:

  1. Combine water, sugar, and mint leaves in a sauce pot. Set over medium heat and bring to a simmer. Cook until sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat and allow mint to steep for 30 minutes. Strain out mint. Store mint syrup in the fridge until ready to use. Mint syrup will keep the in fridge for 2 weeks.

Recipe Notes

All images and text ©The Little Epicurean

Summer White Port Cocktail

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Shannon Morscheck

YUM! Looks so refreshing!!

Aliza Strachan

This looks so delicious and perfect for summer! Also, your photography is amazing!

Lauren

This looks so good and the graprefruit/mint combo sounds delicious.

Marlynn | UrbanBlissLife

Ooh I haven’t tried many white ports either, but this is so intriguing! Love how refreshing this cocktail looks!

Nicole

Oh how I love your blog! I love a good food blog and your photos are awesome!

Milena | craftbeering.com

This is the perfect aperitif! Using freshly squeezed grapefruit juice makes it even more desirable (my favorite citrus fruit). I’ve had chilled white port before and I distinctly remember the aguardente ‘running’ through my body. This is good stuff!

Angie

That looks ridiculously delicious!

Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious

What a beautiful drink! I haven’t tried the white port before. The flavors sound so refreshing and good.

Kimberly

Such a pretty drink and your pics are beautiful!

Leah

What a great idea! We have a bottle of white port that needs to be used up, and I can’t wait to make these! Cheers!

Quinn Caudill

this loooks so refreashing. Perfect for summer!

Stephanie

I have never tried white port, but this post has me convinced I must try it! In related news, I recently did try a white merlot, which is SO great for summer so if you ever see one, you should try it!

carrie @ frugal foodie mama

Yum! This looks like the PERFECT cocktail for summertime! :)

Cathy Pollak

This needs to be my next cocktail.

Nutmeg Nanny

This might just be my signature summer drink!

Hannah Palamara

Wow this looks so yummy! Such a good drink for summer

Krista

This sounds amazing! I love grapefruit flavors!

Amy @ Little Dairy on the Prairie

This sounds delicious!

Lauren

perfect patio drink!

adriana

This looks incredible!!! What a perfect summer drink, I need to make this!

Jenna

What a gorgeous summer cocktail! I love grapefruit flavor and anything with bubbles and lime.

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