PORTUGUESE IMPORTS

Portuguese food may or may not be the next big thing in restaurants, but New York has a few fine examples that will kick-start a hunger for this wonderfully robust cuisine based on grilled meats and seafood, savory casseroles, and addictive fried codfish cakes. The most authentic of these Portuguese eateries is ALFAMA (551 Hudson St.; 212-645-2500) in NYC’s Greenwich Village, which offers soulful, blues-like fado singing on Wednesday nights, and a superb array of Portuguese wines and ports. Additionally the bar serves signature cocktails, like the Amália, named after Amália Rodrigues, Portugal’s great fado diva. Like the music itself, the drink can inspire the receptive imbiber to great passion. Or so they say.

Amália
1 1/2 oz. Offley white port
2 oz. Stolichnaya Ohranj vodka
2 drops Angostura bitters
A generous splash of tonic water
Pour port, vodka, bitters, and tonic water into a cocktail shaker with ice cubes and stir for about 20 seconds until well blended and very cold. Strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with white grapes.