Portini Cocktail Recipe

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Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


The Portini is a modern twist on classic cocktails that incorporate fortified wines. It's a favorite among those who appreciate the depth of flavor port brings to the table, and it's often enjoyed as a sophisticated after-dinner drink.

  • Origins
    • The exact origins are unclear, but it's a derivative of martini-style cocktails.
  • Popularity
    • Gained traction in upscale bars and among patrons who enjoy a balance of strong and sweet flavors.
  • Audience
    • Ideal for gin enthusiasts looking to explore beyond traditional martinis.

How Portini Tastes?

The Portini offers a complex flavor profile. It's robust and aromatic, thanks to the gin, while the port adds a velvety sweetness that balances the drink. The Angostura bitters provide a subtle spice that rounds out the cocktail, making it rich and satisfying.

Interesting facts about Portini

  • The Portini is a versatile cocktail that can be enjoyed year-round.
  • Port, traditionally a dessert wine, finds a new role in this cocktail, showcasing its ability to complement spirits like gin.
  • The cocktail's simplicity makes it an excellent choice for home bartenders looking to impress with minimal ingredients.


  • Gin: 2 oz(60ml)
  • Port: 1 oz(30ml)
  • Angostura bitters: Dash

A few good options for Portini are:

  • Brockmans
  • Silent Pool Gin
  • Hendrick's Gin

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A clear, juniper berry-flavored spirit that forms the base of this cocktail. Its botanicals impart complexity and depth. Choose a good-quality gin—too much and you'll overshadow the port, too little and you'll lose the botanic nuances.

Emma Rose


A sweet, fortified wine from Portugal that gives the Portini its name. It adds the sweetness and the fruity background to the cocktail. If you skip it, you miss out on the 'Port' in 'Portini'. You could substitute with a sweet sherry or red vermouth, but the profile would shift accordingly.

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Angostura Bitters

A traditional ingredient used in countless cocktails to add spice and depth. Just a dash transforms the taste, adding layers of flavor. Without it, the Portini could taste flat. There's room for experimentation—orange or chocolate bitters could be fun alternatives.

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Recipe. How to make Portini Drink

  1. Chill a martini glass.
  2. Fill a mixing glass with ice.
  3. Pour 2 oz of gin over the ice.
  4. Add 1 oz of port.
  5. Dash a few drops of Angostura bitters.
  6. Stir well until chilled.
  7. Strain into the chilled martini glass.
  8. Garnish with a twist of lemon or an orange peel, if desired.

Pro Tips

  • Always use fresh ice when stirring to ensure the drink is properly chilled without being diluted.
  • For a clearer cocktail, use a fine mesh strainer when pouring into the glass to remove any ice shards.
  • Chill the glass beforehand to keep the cocktail cold for a longer period.

Perfect Pairings

Cheese & Charcuterie

The richness of the Portini marries well with strong cheeses and salted meats, providing a delightful contrast and balance.


This cocktail's sweet and herbal notes make it an excellent companion for chocolate-based desserts or fruit pies.


The botanicals in gin complement smoked salmon or oysters, creating an upscale pairing for a sophisticated gathering.

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What you could change in Portini

  • Gin: Use a London Dry Gin for a more traditional flavor or an Old Tom Gin for a sweeter touch.
  • Port: Ruby port will give a fruitier taste, while tawny port will add a nuttier note.
  • Angostura Bitters: Orange bitters can be a suitable alternative for a different citrus twist.

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Espresso Portini

Add a shot of espresso for a caffeinated kick. The espresso's bitterness and the depth will contrast the sweet port, creating a sophisticated after-dinner drink.


  • 2 oz Gin
  • 1 oz Port
  • 1 oz Espresso (cooled)
  • Dash of Angostura Bitters


  • Follow the standard Portini recipe, adding the espresso with the port.

Berry Portini

Substitute the angostura bitters with muddled berries for a fruitier experience. This version is fresher and caters to those who prefer a sweeter, berry-forward profile.


  • 2 oz Gin
  • 1 oz Port
  • Handful of fresh berries (muddled)


  • Muddle the berries in the mixing glass before adding the other ingredients. Stir, then strain.

Portini Royale

Top the cocktail with a splash of champagne for an effervescent twist. The bubbles add a celebratory note, making it perfect for special occasions.


  • 2 oz Gin
  • 1 oz Port
  • Dash of Angostura Bitters
  • Champagne


  • Make the Portini as usual, and then gently top with champagne right before serving.

In case you forgot basics how to make Portini

Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

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Insert the spoon into the glass until it touches the bottom. Keep the back of the spoon against the inside wall of the glass, and stir in a smooth, circular motion. The goal is to swirl the ice and ingredients together without churning or splashing.

Learn everything on how to stir

Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Portini

How long does it take to make a Portini?

Typically, it takes about 5 minutes to make a Portini, not including the time to chill the glass.

Is a Portini considered a strong cocktail?

Yes, with 2 oz of gin and 1 oz of port, it can be considered a strong and flavorful cocktail.

Can I make a batch of Portinis for a party?

Absolutely! You can mix a larger quantity in advance, but it's best to stir with ice and serve individually to ensure the right temperature and dilution.

What's the best type of ice to use when stirring a Portini?

Clear, large ice cubes are best as they melt slower, reducing dilution and keeping the cocktail well-chilled.

Can the Portini be served on the rocks instead of up?

While traditionally served up, some may prefer it on the rocks for a slower dilution and colder serving temperature.

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