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Mixing Port and gin is a combination that has gained in popularity in recent years. Their distinct flavors and aromas can be expertly balanced to create complex and satisfying cocktails, such as the Crimson Cocktail and Port Negroni.

In this article, we are going to show you two easy Port and gin cocktail recipes and everything you need to know to make them.

What Port to use

You can use either Ruby or Tawny Port for both recipes.

LBV and Tawny Port wine

How to float a cocktail ingredient

The Crimson cocktail requires “floating” the Port.

To do this, use the front or back of a spoon. Place the spoon gently on top of the liquid in the glass.

Pour slowly and move the spoon upwards as you pour so that it rests on top.


Crimson cocktail recipe


  • 1.5 oz Gin (37.5 ml)
  • .5 oz Lemon juice (12.5 ml)
  • .25 oz Grenadine (6.25 ml)
  • 3/4 oz Port (18.75 ml)
  • Ice


  1. Add the gin, lemon juice and grenadine to a shaker with ice and shake. 
  2. Strain into a cocktail glass. 
  3. Float port on top and serve.

Port Negroni cocktail recipe


  • 1 oz Port (25 ml)
  • 1 oz Gin (25 ml)
  • 1 oz Campari (25 ml)
  • Orange zest or peel
  • Ice


  1. Add a handful of ice to a jug.
  2. Pour the Port, gin and Campari over the ice.
  3. Stir until well chilled.
  4. Strain into an old-fashioned glass over some ice.
  5. Garnish with orange zest/peel.
Negroni cocktail with orange peel and ice, selective focus.


What is grenadine?

Grenadine is a non-alcoholic bar syrup. It is dark red in color and traditionally made from pomegranate.

It is commonly used in many classic and modern cocktails.

Campari liqueur

What is Campari?

Campari is an Italian alcoholic liqueur. It is infused with herbs and fruits and is dark red in color. It is a type of bitters.

What is Port?

Port is made from black grapes grown in the upper Douro in Portugal.

It is a fortified wine, which means that additional alcohol is added to the wine.

There are many styles of Port and the period of maturation determines which style it will be.

For more information on Port, see our article about how Port wine is made.

What do you drink Port with?

Port wine in its many forms – white Port, Ruby Port, Tawny Port, LBV Port – can be drank with mixers or soft drinks. Think Port and lemonade (e.g., Sprite or 7UP), Port and Coke, or Port and soda. For more details and recipes see our article on what to mix with Port wine.

What are some easy cocktail recipes?

For more recipes, see our easy cocktail recipes Pinterest board.

Read with confidence: I am a certified wine expert (WSET L3).