Are you looking for some ideas for your winter cocktails? maybe with some port wine?
This winter cocktail for your next menus is inspired by an intense and inspirational trip to Porto! a wonderful city in Portugal, where we discovered and brought back with few sample bottles of this amazing fortified wine! we sourced the best lemons, some seasonal pumpkins and a pack of roasted coconut flakes!
A short vacation of a week, photography and more;
…where we had the chance to see a pretty city, participating to a great photography course with our favourite blogger, Silvia Bifaro that has taught so much about food styling and photography, in a masterclass of a day and a half where we also studied the best tricks for a good social media marketing! we are so grateful to her and we recommend her to anyone willing to learn the best tips in photography!
In Porto, the streets of the city are worth visiting but above all…
It is so interesting just visiting all the wine cellars and the canteens that the producers still run after decades, we have been on a quick show round of the Sandeman Wine cellar at Villanova de Gaia, located just on the south of the city of Porto on the other side of the Douro River, see here more about the production of the iconic red/white fortified sweet wine!
Taking from granted that Sandeman’s Port wine is my favourite fortified wine of all times, myself and Marcella both had a great time visiting the house of Sandeman! the famous British born producer who has established his business in the Douro Valley back in 1797. there are bottles ageing in dark cellar for more than 70 years’ nd our guide took us through the entire process of production and maturation of this wine.
Port wine as a base of a fancy Winter cocktail;
Talking about mixing some good winter cocktail drinks…The idea here is to craft a spicy and sour recipe quite light in taste, low in alcohol, as we usually do here at Dedycated, I suggest to make this drink with Ruby port, and a sweet cordial made of coconut flakes and pumpkin seeds, a good blend of superfoods to boost your creativity! it is ideal for your guest that usually drink those classic “whiskey or vodka sours” let them know that you are in love with sweet wines, and take them through this recipe!
This is the time of the year when bartenders have to come up with a selection of cocktails to offer on the winter menu,
cocktail name: a present from Porto
- recipe: 40 ml of Sandeman Port Wine, red is the best (sweeter and full body);
- 20 ml Portuguese lemons, they are more sour and slightly more aromatic;
- 30 ml coconut flakes and pumpkin seeds cordial. prepared with green tea in a pan (see photos);
- procedure: follow pictures, and makeshake well
- garnish: with lemon zest and alkikinger.
Step by step through photography!
This cocktail is so easy to replicate! it brings with him a sensational souvenir of flavours and that delicate aroma of citrus that you feel in the air when out and about those narrow streets! we really recommend to sip some good Port wine responsibly! me and Marcella had a great time visiting this city and we hope we have inspired you with this cocktail!
Love from us XX