Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Croft Pink Porto
To most of us here in the states Port wine is traditionally reserved for the holidays or a special occasion. Originating in 1588 in Portugal, Croft is now producing a Rose Port that goes beyond tradition.
Made from Porto grapes, the juice comes in contact with the skins just long enough to impart a pink color, fresh and fruity. Some aromas of raspberry and flavors of honey, citrus with a mild nuttiness on the finish.
I tried a glass on the rocks as suggested on the website (and on the label), but they've come up with quite a few interesting recipes you can try (see below).
Croft Pink Port mixed with equal parts cold Jasmine Tea served in tall glass with diced strawberries and ice.
2 oz. Croft Pink Porto
1 oz. Premium Gin
2 dashes orange bitters
3 oz. ginger beer
1 mint sprig, for garnish
fresh fruit in season, as garnish
Pour all ingredients into an ice-filled highball glass, stir briefly, add the garnishes.
2 oz. Croft Pink Port
1 oz. apricot nectar
3 grinds black pepper (ground finely)
1 oz simple syrup
Chill over ice in a cocktail shaker, shake well, and serve