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Spirits: Another 'Winetail' Altogether

The Pretty in Porto. (Bill O'Leary -- The Washington Post)

The venerable port house Croft has entered the cocktail market with a downscale "pink" port. I mentioned cocktail recipes using the new Croft Pink port in my column this week.

Here is a recipe called Pretty in Porto, which uses Croft Pink for reasons of color as well as taste. It was created by Jim Meehan (recently named American Bartender of the Year) from the New York speakeasy PDT (recently named World's Best Cocktail Bar). Pretty in Porto is a unique cocktail for a number of reasons, besides the pink port. Most significantly, the drink calls for kirschwasser (or kirsch), a cherry eau-de-vie, as its base spirit. Some readers — particularly those who've attempted a real Swiss fondue — may have the remainder of a bottle of kirsch somewhere deep in their cabinet. Also, this cocktail calls specifically for Peychaud's bitters, not the usual Angostura or orange bitters. Besides its different, gentian-based herb profile, Peychaud's pinkish-red color keeps with theme.

-- Jason Wilson

Pretty in Porto
1 serving

We found Croft Pink port at Paul's of Chevy Chase in Northwest Washington (202-537-1900).

Adapted from Jim Meehan, mixologist at PDT in New York.

1 1/2 ounces kirschwasser
3/4 ounce Croft Pink port
3/4 ounce freshly squeezed ruby red grapefruit juice
2 dashes Peychaud's bitters
Twist of grapefruit peel, for garnish

Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice. Add the port, grapefruit juice and bitters; shake well, then strain into a cocktail (martini) glass. Garnish with the twist of grapefruit peel.

Per serving: 144 calories, 0 g protein, 17 g carbohydrates, 0 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 2 mg sodium, 0 g dietary fiber, 16 g sugar

By The Food Section  |  September 16, 2009; 12:00 PM ET
Categories:  Recipes , Spirits  | Tags: Jason Wilson, Spirits, recipes  
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