The Port Light

Adapted from Beachbum Berry Remixed by Jeff "Beachbum" Berry

In the Trader Vic’s tradition, this drink is served in a Port Light glass, which resembles a rounded lantern with red glass and gold trim; the same glass in green is called a Starboard Light glass. A Port Light Highball appears in Trader Vic’s Bartender’s Guide (1947), but it’s very different from this drink, which Berry discovered at the Kahiki Restaurant in Columbus, Ohio, in 1996.


Serving: 1

  • 1 1/2 ounces bourbon
  • 1 ounce lemon juice
  • 1/2 ounce passion fruit syrup, see Editor's Note
  • 1/4 grenadine, preferably Monin Pomegranate
  • 1 cup crushed ice

Garnish: swizzle stick

  1. Put everything in a blender.
  2. Blend at high speed for 5 seconds.
  3. Pour unstrained into a Port Light glass, adding more ice to fill.
  4. Garnish with a swizzle stick.
Editor's Note

Passionfruit Syrup:
Allow one packet of frozen 100-percent passionfruit pulp (Goya or La Fé, preferably) to defrost at room temperature, about 2 hours. Mix the defrosted puree in equal parts with a 1:1 simple syrup, bottle and refrigerate. It will last two or three days in the fridge.

Tagged: bourbon, port light, Tiki