Port wine is synonymous with cosy winter evenings and Christmas. But Port isn’t just for sipping on, it can be mixed with other drinks or used as an ingredient to make delicious cocktails.
So, whether you are a Port aficionado or just want to use up a bottle of Port before it goes bad, this Port Lemonade recipe is refreshing and easy to make.
What is Port wine?
Port wine is a fortified wine, which means that additional alcohol (grape spirit) is added to fermented grape juice to produce an alcoholic sweet wine.
It is made from black grapes grown in the upper Douro in Portugal. The majority of Port wine is red, but it is also made in white and rosé styles.
Types of Port
There are different styles of Port with different names, which can be confusing. Let’s discuss briefly what they are, what they taste like and how they differ from one another.
Ruby Ports are bottled ready to drink. They are deeply colored and taste fruity. There are three types of Ruby Port:
Inexpensive Ruby Port
Inexpensive Ruby Port is fruity, sweet and simple wine, usually aged for less than three years.
Reserve Ruby Port
Reserve Ruby Port uses better quality wine, has complex flavors and intensity. They are aged for up to five years.
LBV Port is similar to Reserve Ruby Port, but the wine is made from a single year’s harvest.
Tawny Ports are a paler-colored Ruby Port (some have White Port added to adjust the color) with caramel and toffee flavors.
Reserve Tawny Ports are aged for a minimum of six years in small oak vessels. They develop kernel and oxidative flavors (walnut, coffee, caramel) and have a tawny or even brown appearance rather than the ruby or purple colors of Vintage Ports.
Tawny Ports with indication of age can be labelled 10, 20, 30 or 40 (indicates the average, rather than a minimum age). They do not need to be decanted and should be drank as close to the bottling date as possible. This date is usually written on the label.
They are best served slightly chilled.
Vintage Port is only made in good years. They are made from grapes from the best vineyards. After a short period of ageing in oak, Vintage Port is bottled unfiltered.
They are long-live wines that age well.
Generally speaking, a Vintage Port is a special occasion drink to savor, rather than to use as a cocktail ingredient.
White port is made from white grapes and can be made in a wide variety of styles.
Rosé Port is a recent variation that was first released in 2008.
It is created in a similar way to rosé wine. There is a shorter period of contact with the grape skins, ensuring less color is extracted (creating the rose color rather than the typical deep ruby color created with longer contact with the grape skins).
Port Lemonade Recipe
- .5 oz Port wine 12.5 ml
- 1.5 oz vodka 37.5 ml
- 2 oz lemonade 50 ml
- 1 lemon slice
- Fill a glass with ice.
- Add the ingredients and stir well.
- Garnish with lemon slice.