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