Port in a Storm Cocktail-Thirsty Thursday

Tropical storms and hurricanes are at their peak in September. While watching the daily updates on where the storms will go and how strong they will be, try mixing up the ideal cocktail for the season-Port in a Storm. If hurricane watching isn’t your preoccupation, watch the classic Columbo episode Any Port in a Storm. The late Peter Falk was one of the best!

The Port in a Storm libation is tantalizing  mix of Port and red wine, plus a generous splash of Cognac for good measure. There are many variations of this cocktail, but this one is pure elegance!

Port in a Storm Cocktail

 2 measures red wine (about 44 ml-3 tablespoons)

1-1/2 measures red port-(30 ml-6 teaspoons)

1/2 measure cognac (10 ml-2 teaspoons)

In a small cocktail shaker half-filled with ice cubes, pour in the red wine, port and cognac. Shake briefly to chill, then strain into a highball glass with several ice cubes. Or drink the chilled drink neat. Makes one drink.


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  1. mjskit
    September 9, 2011 / 2:10 am

    This does sound like a very lovely cocktail. Have you found a particular type of wine working better than another (like a zinfandel vs. Cabernet)?

  2. Lynne
    September 9, 2011 / 9:28 am

    mjskit-with this cocktail, I used a California Zinfandel Port and a similar red wine. I imagine any red wine you like would work. Thanks

  3. Rosa's Yummy Yums
    September 9, 2011 / 12:10 pm

    A great cocktail! That combo sounds amazing. I am a fan of Port.Cheers,Rosa

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