Ruby Port Cocktail Recipe

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Alcohol %:20

Created by

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 Ruby Port Cocktail is a classic drink that has been enjoyed for centuries. It is believed to have originated in Portugal, where Port wine is a staple. This cocktail is perfect for those who enjoy a rich, fruity, and slightly sweet drink. It's often served as an after-dinner drink, or as a sophisticated cocktail at parties and gatherings.

  • Origin: Portugal
  • Perfect for: After dinner, parties, gatherings

How Ruby Port Tastes?

The Ruby Port Cocktail is a rich, fruity, and slightly sweet drink. It has a deep, ruby red color and a full-bodied flavor that is both robust and smooth. The sweetness of the Port wine is balanced by the tartness of the lemon juice, making it a well-rounded and satisfying cocktail.

Interesting facts about Ruby Port

  • The Ruby Port Cocktail is named after the type of Port wine used in its creation.
  • It is traditionally served in a wine glass to showcase its beautiful color.
  • Despite its sweetness, it is not considered a dessert cocktail, but rather an after-dinner drink.


Ruby Port

The star of the show, Ruby Port adds a rich, fruity flavor that's both deep and vibrant. Without it, well, you wouldn't really have a Ruby Port cocktail now, would you? If you were to try something different, Tawny Port could offer a nuttier, more mature flavor.

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Lemon Juice

Freshly squeezed lemon juice brings a zesty, bright acidity to balance the sweetness of the port and syrup. Too much, and you're puckering more than kissing; too little, and the drink becomes cloyingly sweet. No real substitute for fresh lemon juice here – it's the zing that brings the thing!

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Simple Syrup

This sweetener is the peacekeeper, smoothing out the sharp edges between port and lemon. Missing out on it could leave your cocktail with a tartness that might scrunch your face. If you want to mix it up, try honey syrup or maple syrup for a more complex sweetness.

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It's not just frozen water; it's the cooling agent that marries all the flavors in a chilled harmony. No ice means no chill party in your glass, and the flavors won’t be as refreshing.

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Recipe. How to make Ruby Port Drink

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Add the Ruby Port, lemon juice, and simple syrup to the shaker.
  3. Shake well until the mixture is chilled.
  4. Strain the cocktail into a wine glass.
  5. Serve and enjoy.

Pro Tips

  • Use a high-quality Port wine for the best flavor.
  • Shake the cocktail shaker vigorously to ensure that all the ingredients are well mixed.
  • Serve the cocktail immediately after shaking to maintain its chilled temperature.

Perfect Pairings

Cheese Platter

A selection of cheeses, particularly those with a bit of a tang like goat cheese or a creamy brie, can cut through the sweetness of the cocktail while complementing its fruitiness.

Chocolate Desserts

Dark chocolate or chocolate truffles with a hint of orange can enhance the deep flavors of the ruby port.

Fruit-Based Desserts

An apple tart or a berry crumble would be uplifted by the vibrancy of the Ruby Port cocktail.

Salty Snacks

Olives, salted nuts, or a charcuterie board can balance the sweetness and provide a satisfying contrast.

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What you could change in Ruby Port

  • Ruby Port: You can substitute Ruby Port with any other type of Port wine. However, this will change the color and flavor of the cocktail.
  • Lemon Juice: If you don't have fresh lemons, you can use bottled lemon juice. However, fresh lemon juice will give the cocktail a fresher and more vibrant taste.

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Port and Nut

  • Substitute simple syrup with walnut or hazelnut liqueur. This will infuse a nutty complexity into the cocktail, making it an autumnal favorite.

Spicy Ruby

  • Add a small slice of fresh ginger or a dash of cayenne pepper into the shaker. This brings a fiery twist to the classic, balancing sweetness with a warm kick.

Sparkling Ruby

  • Top the strained cocktail with a splash of sparkling water or soda. It gives the drink a fizzy lift, making it a refreshing choice for a summer afternoon.

In case you forgot basics how to make Ruby Port

The basic composition of simple syrup is relatively straightforward – a 1:1 ratio of sugar and water. This mixture is heated until the sugar dissolves, resulting in a clear, sweet syrup.

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Add your ingredients to the shaker first, then ice. Fill it up to ¾ of its capacity to ensure enough space for shaking. Hold the shaker with both hands (one on the top and one on the bottom) and shake vigorously. The shake should come from your shoulders, not your wrists.

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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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Frequently Asked Questions on Ruby Port

What is the best time to have a Ruby Port Cocktail?

Ruby Port Cocktail is great as an aperitif, before meals, as it stimulates the appetite, but it is also enjoyed as a digestif, after meals.

What is Ruby Port?

Ruby Port is a type of fortified wine, specific to the Douro region in Portugal. It is typically a blend of wines from different years.

Are there variations to the Ruby Port Cocktail?

Yes, some variations may include adding a dash of bitters or changing the garnish to spices or herbs, altering the flavor profile.

Can this cocktail be served on the rocks?

Yes! Serving this cocktail on the rocks can make it more enjoyable, especially in warmer weather.

Is this cocktail suitable for vegans or vegetarians?

Yes, Ruby Port Cocktail is suitable for both vegans and vegetarians.

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