Ah Port, it’s familiar to me more in it’s aged tawny form as a favorite on summer evenings with friends. However to far flung Portuguese sailors it was something of a lifeline back in days of yore. These booze heavy casks were able to handle the stress of sea life. We often wonder how they handled shipwrecks and natives? In any case we turn our minds to fortified wines thanks to another MxMo, and our dear host Jordan of Chemistry of the Cocktail.

Dr. Phibes 2

I did struggle with this theme, I really did. I was uninspired ,and I don’t make to many wine based cocktails. As a trained sommelier, almost a lifetime ago, I generally just don’t mix wine. I did begin to think of the nautical nature of fortified wines and how they may fit my Tiki whims. I also began to think of port’s deep red and almost bloody color. It’s a relatively sweet wine to especially the Ruby, and so I decided to see if I could use it instead of grenadine.


I’ve long wanted to produce a cocktail worthy of tribute to the legendary Vincent Price. Our site’s inspiration in many way’s along with Jeff Berry, Donn Beach, and others. So I began to think of my favorite Donn Beach cocktail and one of my favorite Vincent Price movies. Dr. Funk, please make the acquaintance of the Abominable Dr. Phibes.

Dr. Phibes

Dr. Phibes

1 oz Virgin Islands white rum

½ oz dark Jamaican rum

½ oz cinnamon syrup

½ oz ruby port

¾ oz lime juice

1 tsp Absinthe

Shake together and strain into a coupe before garnishing with mint.

This drink is bright and anise rich with bits of orange, honeysuckle, and molasses. The acid is pleasingly pleasant as it should be. The cinnamon links together perfectly just like Dr. Phibes immaculate plans. The color sort of reminds us of the stuff Phibes nearly doused Dr. Vesalius’s son with. The nose is a marriage of port and absinthe with the addition of a few spicy notes to round things out.

In the end we actually had a lot of ideas to use our one bottle of Sandeman’s Ruby Port in. Most of them require further refinement but we may bring them back around at a later day.

Thus we thank our host and bid all you drinker’s unpleasant dreams. Until next time…

“You Get Hammered America” – JFL

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