Cuddle UP: Sandeman Port Cocktail

The cooler temperatures call for warming, deep flavors and aromas. A soothing glass of port is much welcomed to melt the winter blues. Surprisingly, it was an ambitious Scotsman who put Sandeman’s Port into the marketplace in the 1700s. So ahead of his time—he was the first to come up a branding platform for his imported port—which I do appreciate, being a graphic designer! Check out the website to see the succession of artwork associated with the brand plus the groovy advertising from the 60s onward. And do try the recipe from Jason Litrell below. Suggestion: heat up the dry apple cider to create a warming welcome for frozen guests, and serve in a mug. 

3/4 parts raspberry syrup
3/4 parts fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 parts Sandeman Founders Reserve Porto
1/2 part apple brandy
Top with 2-3 parts dry apple cider

To make the syrup: In a medium saucepan combine 4 cups sugar and 1 quart water. Bring to a boil, stirring until sugar has dissolved. In another saucepan, muddle a small container of raspberries (about 6 ounces), and combine the syrup and raspberries. Let rest for a day, then strain. Keeps for about a month.

To create the cocktail: Pour all ingredients in a shaker, except cider. Shake quickly and strain into a Collins glass. Top with cider, garnish with raspberries and dust with nutmeg.

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