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One rainy June afternoon, I was lounging in the lovely English parlor in the Captain Lindsey House in Rockland, Maine.
I pored a glass of Ellen Barnes’ delicious port and two of her homemade oatmeal raisin cookies. It felt like heaven.
Then a few days later, in the warmth of the sun on the garden terrace, I found this drink on my email from Ruth Reichl, Editor of Gourmet. I love port wine. Here was the ideal warm summer sip-white port and tonic.
Fill a highball glass with ice cubes.
Pour 2 ounces of white port and 4 ounces of tonic.
Squeeze a lemon wedge into the drink.
Stay on the terrace with a good book.
Ruth Reichl also wrote my favorite food book a decade ago: Tender at the bone.

Brenda C. Hill