My go-to drink lately has been a port and tonic, especially when I’m cooking dinner. They’re so easy to make, are super refreshing, and bonus: they’re low ABV! The first time I had one was when Ethan’s mom made a recipe from The Kitchn over Christmas. I decided to take this drink a step further and made these Blackberry Basil White Port and Tonics.
Blackberry Basil White Port and Tonics, serves 1
2 oz. white port
1/2 oz. lemon juice
4 oz. good quality tonic (I used Fever Tree bitter lemon)
4 blackberries and a pinch of basil for muddling, extra for garnish
First, add the port and lemon juice to a cocktail shaker with the blackberries and basil. Give it a quick muddle, just until the port has been infused with the blackberries and basil. There’s no need to shake this, so just double strain the mixture into the serving vessel of your choice. In this case, I used a double rocks glass. Add ice and then top with tonic. Garnish with a sprig of basil and a blackberry.
If you’re not familiar, port wine is a Portuguese fortified wine that is produced exclusively in the Douro Valley in the northern provinces of Portugal. It is typically a sweet, red wine, often served as a dessert wine, though it also comes in dry, semi-dry, and white varieties. A white port has the sweetness of a ruby port but is much lighter and fresher, which makes it perfect for this Blackberry Basil White Port and Tonic.
Traditionally, white port and tonics are a Summer drink but I love to enjoy them all year round. They make the perfect aperitif before dinner because they are sweet, but not too sweet, and awaken the appetite. I added a splash of lemon juice to brighten and help incorporate the use of fruit and herbs. Blackberry Basil White Port and Tonics are definitely my new favorite drink and I can’t wait to come up with more flavor combinations. I’ve always wanted to take a trip to the colorful city of Lisbon, so let’s take a sip and pretend we’re there! xo