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White Port and Tonic

Forget gin and use port in this refreshing cocktail

I’ve yet to introduce someone to the joys of white port and tonic and not turn them into a convert. White port is lesser known than richer, sweet red port, but it can be found in most supermarkets and good wine stores. It has a fresh, summery grape flavour which sits perfectly with tonic’s slight bitterness. Together they make a long, refreshing aperitif, which, happily, is lower in alcohol than something like gin and tonic. — Rebecca Seal, author of Lisbon



  • Ice cubes
  • 2 generous tablespoons white port
  • Strip of unwaxed lemon zest
  • Strip of unwaxed orange zest
  • Tonic water, to top



Fill a large wine glass with ice. Pour in the white port and add the lemon and orange zest. Top with tonic water and gently mix.

Recipe excerpted with permission from Lisbon by Rebecca Seal and Steven Joyce (2017, Hardie Grant Books)