Hot Port Recipe: A Perfect Winter Delight

Hot Port Recipe: A Comforting Winter Warmer
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On a chilly winter evening, nothing beats the cozy warmth of a hot port. This comforting drink, rich with spices and citrus, is a wonderful way to bring a touch of cheer to your gatherings or a quiet night at home. Combining elements from three traditional recipes, this hot port recipe is tailored to offer a harmonious blend of flavors that will surely become a seasonal favorite.

History of Hot Port

Hot port, a beloved winter drink in Ireland and other parts of Europe, traces its origins back to the tradition of mulled wine. Historically, mulled wine was a way to use up leftover wine by heating it with various spices and fruits to enhance its flavor. Hot port became a popular variation, particularly appreciated for its robust and sweet character, which perfectly complements the cold weather.

Serving Suggestions

Hot port is best enjoyed in a warm, heat-resistant glass to enhance its aromatic appeal. For an added festive touch, garnish each glass with a clove-studded lemon or orange slice and a cinnamon stick. Serve it alongside a platter of assorted cheeses, nuts, and dried fruits for a delightful pairing. This drink also pairs wonderfully with holiday cookies, spiced cakes, or a simple bowl of roasted chestnuts.

Storing Instructions

If you have any leftover hot port, let it cool to room temperature before storing. Transfer the drink to an airtight container and refrigerate. It will keep well for up to three days. Make sure to remove any fruit slices or spices before storing to prevent the flavors from becoming too intense.

Reheating Instructions

To reheat, pour the stored hot port into a saucepan and warm over low heat until it reaches your desired temperature. Avoid boiling to preserve the delicate balance of flavors. You can also reheat individual servings in a microwave-safe mug, heating in 30-second intervals and stirring between each interval until warm.


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Hot Port Recipe: A Perfect Winter Delight

Difficulty: Beginner Prep Time 10 mins Cook Time 20 mins Total Time 30 mins
Cooking Temp: 80  °C Servings: 8 Calories: 150 kcal per serving
Best Season: Winter


This hot port recipe brings together the rich flavors of ruby port, citrus, and warming spices to create a delightful winter drink. Perfect for cold evenings, this drink combines the sweetness of honey and brown sugar with the aromatic essence of cloves and cinnamon. Whether you're hosting a festive gathering or simply looking to unwind by the fireplace, this hot port is sure to provide comfort and cheer. Easy to prepare and wonderfully fragrant, it’s a must-try for the holiday season.


Prepare the Ingredients:

  1. Slice the lemon and orange into thick rounds. Stud some of the lemon and orange slices with cloves.

Heat the Port and Water:

  1. In a large saucepan, combine the port and water. Heat over medium heat until it just starts to steam. Do not let it boil.

Add the Spices and Sweeteners:

  1. Add the cinnamon stick, brown sugar, honey, freshly squeezed lemon juice, and freshly squeezed orange juice to the saucepan. Stir until the sugar and honey are dissolved.

Infuse the Flavors:

  1. Add the clove-studded lemon and orange slices to the saucepan. Let the mixture heat gently for about 10 minutes, allowing the flavors to infuse.

Warm the Glasses:

  1. Rinse some boiled water around the glasses to warm them, then discard the water.

Serve the Hot Port:

  1. Pour the hot port mixture into the warmed glasses. Garnish each glass with a clove-studded lemon or orange slice and a piece of the cinnamon stick.


  1. Relax and enjoy the warming aromas and flavors of your hot port.

Nutrition Facts

Servings 8

Amount Per Serving
Calories 150kcal
% Daily Value *
Sodium 5mg1%
Potassium 100mg3%
Total Carbohydrate 20g7%
Dietary Fiber 1g4%
Sugars 18g

Vitamin A 50 IU
Vitamin C 10 mg
Calcium 20 mg
Iron 0.5 mg

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.


For a stronger citrus flavor, add more freshly squeezed lemon and orange juice.

Adjust the sweetness to your preference by increasing or decreasing the amount of brown sugar and honey.

Experiment with additional spices like star anise or cardamom for a unique twist.

This recipe is perfect for entertaining and can be easily doubled to serve a larger crowd.

Serve immediately after preparation for the best flavor and aroma.

Keywords: Hot Port, Winter Drink, Mulled Wine, Warm Beverage, Holiday Drink, Spiced Port, Cozy Drink, Festive Beverage, Comforting Drink, Winter Warmer

Frequently Asked Questions

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Can I make this recipe ahead of time?

Yes, you can prepare the hot port ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator for up to three days. Reheat gently on the stove before serving.

Can I use a different type of alcohol instead of port?

While ruby port is recommended for its sweetness and depth, you can experiment with other fortified wines like sherry or Madeira.

What can I substitute for the honey?

If you prefer not to use honey, you can substitute it with maple syrup, agave nectar, or additional brown sugar.

Is this recipe suitable for vegans?

Yes, this hot port recipe is vegan-friendly. Just ensure that the sugar and honey substitutes you use are also vegan.

Can I make a non-alcoholic version?

Absolutely! Replace the port with a mixture of grape juice and cranberry juice to achieve a similar flavor profile without alcohol.

What type of glass is best for serving hot port?

The best type of glass for serving hot port is a heat-resistant glass mug.

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Fiona O'Sullivan

Fiona O'Sullivan is the passionate editor of Great Food Ireland, a popular blog dedicated to celebrating traditional Irish cuisine and culinary heritage. With a rich background in food writing and a deep love for Ireland's gastronomic culture, Fiona brings a wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm to her role. She curates authentic recipes, shares culinary stories, and explores the vibrant food scene across Ireland. Fiona's dedication to promoting Irish food traditions has made Great Food Ireland a beloved resource for food enthusiasts around the world.

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