Friday, June 4, 2010

Friday, Friday, Friday.....Best Wine Friday

It was a pretty good week getting back into the swing of some regular posts but it is Friday and that means Jocoeveryman's wine of the week.

It is nice out and I've got stuff to do so I'll give you the quick down and dirty on something you might like to drink this weekend.......maybe on your patio or at the neighborhood pool with your friends.

Today.....I'm going at little rogue. Why not?

Not a wine specifically.....but a wine cocktail. The White Port Cocktail.

What is it? Well, I had my first one in Portugal (because I might be the most interesting man in sojoco) several years ago and decided to make one this week. Delicious. Simple and refreshing. Get a good white Port. I like Fonseca's Siroco White Port. Dow and Churchill's make good examples as well. Don't expect your store to give you many options. I haven't tried cheapo options like Fairbanks or Sheffield and I'm not saying don't but I have no idea what it will taste like. Not sticky sweet like red Port but fruity and even a little nutty. Lighter than Sherry. Add some fresh whole mint, muddle if you want, add ice and shake it. Top off with a slash of soda to taste....more if you want it lighter, less if you want it a little sweeter. I garnish with a little lime slice. I like serving in a tall glass. Some people use tonic instead of soda but you all know soda is much less caloric than tonic, right?

Why? Your friends have never had it and you will also look like one of the most interesting people in the sojoco as you explain that this is a very typical summer cocktail in Portugal. Also, very easy to make. Half as potent and let's say Gin or Vodka and tonic so you can drink them all afternoon.

How should be able to find the Fonseca Siroco for about $15 and the good news it will keep if you don't drink it all.

Cheers and Enjoy.

Vaya Con Dios!


Anonymous said...

Just curious SJC, what is the most expensive wine you have ever had and was it worth the price?

JOCOeveryman said...

I've had some incredibly pricey stuff, not to brag but you asked.....I've been very lucky to drink some of the world's best wines. Some really old port, some old Grange, old First Growth Bordeaux and several DRC's that were priced at over $3,000 per bottle. Most were very good. Of course it wasn't worth the price. They never are. They are priced more as a function of being scarce.