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20 Port Cocktails to Try

I’ve crafted numerous port cocktails and adore their fusion of deep, fruity port wine with the vibrant zest of spirits and mixers. These drinks are perfect for those eager to try something bold and elegant. Port’s versatility shines, allowing for countless innovative mixes. If you’re looking to shake up your drink routine, these port cocktail recipes are a treasure trove of inspiration.

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Port Wine Manhattan

Port Wine Manhattan
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A manhattan is one of the most classic whiskey cocktails and is a worldwide favorite. Combining port wine with whiskey and bitters makes for a complex port cocktail sure to impress your guests. This port cocktail recipe uses port wine, whiskey, and bitters. If you want to kick it up a notch, you can add port cherries for a rich and sweet finishing touch. Overall, this cocktail is fruity and a bit sweet, with a depth of flavor from the rye whiskey.


White Port and Tonic

White Port and Tonic
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If port is not your go-to cocktail ingredient, this port and tonic might change your mind. Combining port wine with tonic water creates a refreshing and flavorful port cocktail that is perfect for hot summer nights. This port cocktail recipe uses port wine, tonic water, lemon juice, and a splash of soda water. To refresh the port cocktail, garnish it with mint leaves or cucumber slices.


Port Authority

Port Authority
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Everyone likes a good pun, especially one that involves alcohol. This port cocktail, also known as the port authority, is made with a combination of port wine and cinnamon syrup. Though this port cocktail recipe calls for port wine, you can substitute port with dark rum or cognac. To make this port cocktail, combine port wine, cinnamon syrup, and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously to combine the ingredients, then pour into a glass and enjoy!


Second Circle

Second Circle
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This port cocktail, also known as the second circle, is sophisticated and delicious, showcasing port wine’s rich flavors. Combining port wine with maple syrup and bitters creates a port cocktail that is sweet, rich, and complex. If you have trouble finding port syrup, you can easily make it yourself from port wine.


Port Old-Fashioned

Port Old-Fashioned
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Old Fashioned is a classic cocktail that is beloved by whiskey drinkers everywhere. This old-fashioned port combines port wine with bourbon whiskey, simple syrup, and bitters to create a potent cocktail on the dry/sour side. The fruitiness of the port is the perfect compliment to the whiskey.


Porto Cosmo

Porto Cosmo
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The Porto cosmo is your go-to if you are looking for a port cocktail similar to the classic Cosmopolitan. Made with port wine, cranberry juice, Cointreau, and lime juice, this port cocktail is light and fruity. This cocktail is the perfect after-dinner drink and an excellent dessert substitute.


Port Lemonade

Port Lemonade
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Lemonade is, without a doubt, one of the most refreshing drinks ever created. Combining port wine with lemonade creates a port cocktail that is sweet and tart, making it the perfect summer drink. All you need to make this port cocktail is port wine, lemonade, and ice. This cocktail is easy to make and is ideal for entertaining guests.


Recap

Recap
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If you are thinking about entertaining and want to break out a cocktail that will impress, try out the Recap. This delightful cocktail is made with mint simple syrup, port wine, club soda, amaro, and lemon juice. This port cocktail is light, refreshing, and complex. It also has a nice minty finish from the simple syrup.


Lavender Lemonade Port Cocktail

Preparation of fresh lavender lemonade

This port cocktail, also known as lavender lemonade, is perfect for a hot summer day. Combining port wine with port wine and lemonade, you make a delightful cocktail that is sweet and herbaceous. All you need to make this port cocktail is wine, syrup, and lemonade. You can garnish the port cocktail with fresh lavender to make it a bit more special. This cocktail is perfect for making in large batches for a party.


Porto Negroni

Porto Negroni
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If you love Negronis but are interested in trying something new, add some port to it to make a Porto Negroni. This port cocktail combines port wine, Campari, and orange zest for a port cocktail that is complex and delicious.


Port in a Storm

Port in a Storm
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Port in a Storm is a complex yet refreshing cocktail that combines whiskey, ruby port, and a dash of cognac to form an incredibly strong drink that is perfect for an after-dinner conversation. It is the ideal port cocktail to enjoy on a quiet evening at home.


Port Collins

Port Collins
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Looking for a port cocktail that is light and refreshing yet still packed with flavor? Look no further than the port Collins. This twist on a Tom Collins combines port wine with tonic water, lime juice, and mint leaves for a port cocktail that is perfect for those hot summer days.


Princeton Cocktail

Princeton Cocktail
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The Princeton Cocktail is more complex and boozy than many other port cocktails. This port cocktail combines port wine with port syrup, port brandy, gin, and orange bitters for a port cocktail that is powerful and delicious.


Brandy & Port

Brandy & Port
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Combining port wine with port brandy, this port cocktail is smooth and decadent. It also has a slightly sweet flavor that makes it perfect for enjoying at the end of an evening with friends.


Port New York Sour

Port New York Sour
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Fruity and sour is a combination made in heaven. You can have it in a cocktail when you mix up a Port New York Sour. This port cocktail perfectly mixes bourbon, tawny port, simple syrup, and lemon juice for a deliciously sour port cocktail. It is perfect for sipping on a warm afternoon or entertaining guests.


Port Tonico

Port Tonico
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If you love port cocktails and enjoy tonic water, try port tonico. This port cocktail combines port wine with tonic water and a splash of port brandy for a port cocktail that is light and refreshing. It is perfect for enjoying a picnic with friends on a bright spring afternoon.


Port Wine Sangria

Port Wine Sangria
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Port wine sangria is the perfect port cocktail for your next backyard barbecue. This port cocktail combines port wine, sweet red wine, citrus juice, orange slices, and more for a port cocktail that is delicious and easy to make. It’s the perfect take on classic sangria!


Hi Ho Cocktail

Hi Ho Cocktail
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This port cocktail combines port wine with port brandy, port syrup, and port vermouth for a port cocktail that is complex and interesting. It is perfect for enjoying a cold evening in front of a fire.


Ombre Cocktail

Ombre Cocktail
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The ombre cocktail is one of the more complex port cocktails on this list. You will need a white port for this drink, fresh orange, lemon juice, and simple syrup. What makes this cocktail so delicious is the berry mix, a combination of red fruits pulp and Campari. A homemade berry mix will take this cocktail to another level and is well worth the effort.


Black Cup

Black Cup
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The Black Cup is a port cocktail that combines port wine and port syrup with thyme, black tea, and port brandy. This port cocktail is sophisticated for an evening of drinks and conversation with friends.


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An elegant Port Cocktail in a sophisticated setting. The cocktail is served in a classic, round-bowled port glass, showcasing its deep ruby red color. The drink is garnished with a twist of orange peel, adding a vibrant contrast. The glass is placed on a dark wooden table with a luxurious, dimly lit ambiance, suggestive of an upscale lounge or bar. In the background, soft candlelight and shadows create a warm, inviting atmosphere, highlighting the rich, luxurious essence of the Port Cocktail.

20 Port Cocktail Recipes

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
4.8 from 4 votes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: port cocktails
Servings: 1
Author: Paul Kushner
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