White Port Cocktail: Nester’s Refresher

Summers in the South call for extra-strength refreshment, so Mike McDermott, bar manager at Tin Tin in Atlanta, created a drink that was both crushable and “bracingly tart.” To keep it sessionable, he reached for a fortified wine. “White port has pronounced flavors of honey and nuts, which makes it great for mixing, enabling it to hold up particularly well to other loud flavors like citrus, Suze and tonic,” says McDermott. “It’s everything you’d want on a hot summer day: fresh, bitter, tart and bubbly.”

1 oz. dry white port (Tin Tin uses Kopke)
1 oz. fresh lemon juice
½ oz. Suze
½ oz. simple syrup (1:1)
3 dashes Peychaud’s bitters
2 oz. chilled tonic water
Tools: shaker, strainer
Glass: Collins
Garnish: lemon twist

Shake all the ingredients except the tonic water with ice, then strain into an ice-filled glass and gently stir in the tonic water. Garnish.

Mike McDermott, Tin Tin, Atlanta


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