Lounge Chair Afternoon

“Pink port has lovely hints of fresh berries and a light natural sweetness and makes for very sessionable cocktails,” says Lulu Martinez, director of events for Liquid Productions in Aston, Pa. Straddling somewhere between a white and a ruby, this style works with everything from gin and vodka to tequila and rum. “Port’s lower alcohol levels with vibrant flavors add a fantastic component for playing off other spirits.”

  • 1 1/2 oz Croft pink port
  • 3/4 oz Siete Leguas añejo tequila
  • 3/4 oz Grapefruit juice
  • 1/2 oz Fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz Tarragon simple syrup*
  • Garnish: Grapefruit wheel
  1. Add all ingredients into a shaker with ice and shake until well-chilled.

  2. Strain into a double Old Fashioned glass over fresh ice.

  3. Garnish with half of a grapefruit wheel.

  4. *Tarragon simple syrup: Combine 1 cup white sugar and 1 cup water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until sugar is dissolved. Remove from the heat and add 1/4 cup fresh tarragon sprigs. Steep for 15 minutes or until desired flavor is achieved, then strain out solids.


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