Tawny Port Cocktail Recipe

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Alcohol %:20

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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 Tawny Port Cocktail is a classic drink that originated in Portugal. It is made with Tawny Port, a type of fortified wine that is aged in wooden barrels, which gives it a nutty, caramel flavor. This cocktail is perfect for those who enjoy a rich, sweet, and slightly fruity drink. It's often enjoyed as a dessert cocktail, or as a sophisticated sipper on a chilly evening.

How Tawny Port Tastes?

The Tawny Port Cocktail has a rich, sweet, and slightly fruity taste. It has notes of caramel, nuts, and dried fruits, with a hint of vanilla and a smooth, velvety finish.

Interesting facts about Tawny Port

  • The Tawny Port Cocktail is often enjoyed as a dessert cocktail.
  • It is made with Tawny Port, a type of fortified wine that is aged in wooden barrels.
  • This cocktail originated in Portugal.


Tawny Port

Tawny Port adds a rich, nutty, and caramel-like flavor that gives the cocktail its backbone. Using 2 oz strikes a balance without overpowering the other ingredients. Any less, and you risk a bland cocktail; any more, and you might as well drink the port by itself!

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The 1 oz of brandy introduces some warmth and depth, and a hint of fruitiness that harmonizes well with the port. Swap it out for cognac, and you'll add a touch more elegance and complexity, potentially leaving your wallet feeling a bit tawny itself.

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Simple Syrup

Simple syrup brings sweetness to counterbalance the acidity of the lemon juice, ensuring a harmonious mix. Tread lightly with just 1 oz; too much and you'll have a sugar rush, too little and your face might pucker more than a grandmother's kisses.

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Lemon Juice

A whole 1 oz gives it that refreshing zest and tang, cutting through the sweetness and making the drink moreish. Lemon's absence would make for a cloying experience, but don't go overboard, or you'll think you're sucking on a lemon drop rather than sipping a sophisticated cocktail.

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Ice Cubes

As needed, because nobody likes a lukewarm cocktail. Ice chills, dilutes, and brings all the ingredients together in a cold embrace. Forget the ice and you're essentially enjoying room-temperature juice with a kick.

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Recipe. How to make Tawny Port Drink

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Add the Tawny Port, brandy, simple syrup, and lemon juice.
  3. Shake well until chilled.
  4. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  5. Enjoy!

Pro Tips

  • Chill your cocktail glass before serving for a better experience.
  • Shake the cocktail shaker vigorously to ensure all the ingredients are well mixed.

Perfect Pairings

Cheese Platter

A Tawny Port cocktail pairs magnificently with a variety of cheeses, especially those that are nutty or creamy in texture, such as aged cheddar or gouda.


The sweetness of the simple syrup and the rich flavor of the Tawny Port make this cocktail a great companion to desserts like chocolate truffles or tarte tatin.

Roasted Nuts

The nutty undertones of the Tawny Port are highlighted when sipped alongside a bowl of roasted almonds or cashews.

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What you could change in Tawny Port

  • You can substitute the brandy with cognac or whiskey.
  • If you don't have simple syrup, you can make your own by dissolving equal parts of sugar in hot water.

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Spiced Tawny Port Cocktail

Replace simple syrup with cinnamon syrup and add a dash of nutmeg. You'll get a spiced variant that warms you up on a chilly evening, combining the coziness of a velvet blanket and the kick of a lively conversation by the fireplace.

Tawny Port Smash

Muddle a few fresh mint leaves before adding your ingredients. This herbal infusion brings a breath of fresh air to the party, turning your cocktail into a green-thumbed gardener's delight.

Port of the Tropics

Switch out the brandy for a dark rum and add a splash of orange liqueur. You'll sail away to tropical shores where the Tawny Port's nuttiness marries the exotic charms of a Caribbean holiday.

In case you forgot basics how to make Tawny 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 Tawny Port

What is Tawny Port?

Tawny Port is a type of fortified wine made in Portugal. It is typically sweet and often served as a dessert wine.

What can I pair with this cocktail?

Tawny Port cocktail pairs well with a variety of foods, especially nutty cheeses, dried fruits and rich, chocolatey desserts.

Can I use a different type of port for this cocktail?

While Tawny Port gives this cocktail its distinctive flavor, you might also use Ruby Port which tends to be fruitier and less mature.

How should I store Tawny Port?

Tawny Port, like other ports, should be stored upright in a cool, dark place. Once opened, it can last for several weeks.

Can this cocktail be made ahead of time?

Due to the freshness of the lemon juice, it is best to make the Tawny Port cocktail just before serving.

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