What To Drink Right Now: Taylor Fladgate Chip Dry, Extra Dry White Porto

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       I’d say I’m a huge Port wine fan, but more truthfully, I’m a huge Taylor Fladgate fan. Thinking all port was wonderful, I ordered a different one in a restaurant, as Taylor Fladgate was not on the menu. And, though the steak house is known for its wine list, I was disappointed when what they offered as a port, tasted like cough syrup.

       So, I was intrigued when I heard of a different offering from Taylor Fladgate, their Chip Dry, Extra Dry White Porto. While new to me, it isn’t new. It was created in 1934. It can be served chilled on its own, or over ice, but it can also be served as a cocktail. The traditional Portuguese cocktail is: one part Chip Dry, and two parts tonic water, served over ice. It is served as an alternative to a gin and tonic.

       Hosting a get together at home, I prepared the traditional Portuguese cocktail for friends who like gin and tonics. It was a hit!  My friends loved this light, refreshing option. It is a bit softer and more elegant than an actual gin and tonic, and it’s a wonderful party drink.

       If you’re looking to wow friends with something unusual this party season, absolutely give this a try.

       I also enjoyed it chilled on its own, and over ice, as an after dinner drink. But it’s definitely more of a crowd pleaser as a cocktail. With an average price of $17, when it is served as a cocktail, it’s also an extremely economical party choice.    

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