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Precursory Cocktail

This low-ABV cocktail does something very cool: It gives you the complexity of a boozy cocktail without the big hit of alcohol. How? Tawny port adds notes of dried fruit and a smoldering, almost leathery aroma. The vermouth brings a subtle sweetness and a hint of spice, and the absence of simple syrup — along with a squeeze of lemon juice — makes it feel all grown-up and polished.

Whip up the Precursory Cocktail for a romantic dinner with your SO, an evening of gossip with close friends or a happy hour with your hard-to-impress in-laws. This drink doesn’t disappoint.

1 serving
Chill time: 30 minutes (for glass to chill)
Preparation time: 5 minutes


1 ounce tawny port
1 ounce sweet vermouth
¼ ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
3 dashes Angostura bitters
3 dashes orange bitters
Lemon twist, for garnish


  1. Chill 1 Nick and Nora glass in the freezer for 30 minutes.
  2. In a cocktail shaker, combine the tawny port, sweet vermouth, lemon juice, Angostura bitters and orange bitters. 
  3. Fill the shaker halfway with ice and shake until the outside is frosty and very cold, about 20 seconds.
  4. Strain the cocktail into the chilled glass and garnish with a lemon twist.

Recipe adapted from: Diffords Guide

Precursory Cocktail