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The Truth About Vermouth

Vermouth 101:

Mix up your weekend drink routine with a glass of Vermouth! Vermouth is a fortified and aromatized wine, originally from Italy. While some die-hard drink fans may be familiar with Vermouth, others may not know that it’s the main ingredient in a dry martini.

You never really hear of “mixed drinks” with wine. So what’s the bottle that can be found behind almost every bar? Vermouth. Often mistaken for a spirit, Vermouth is actually a wine, spiked with spirits, flavored with herbs and spices, and then aged in wood.

Derived from the French pronunciation of “wormwood”, vermouth is traditionally made in two forms. Enjoy a sweet red vermouth, commonly found in Northern Italy, neat, on the rocks, in a Negroni or a Manhattan. Use a dry white vermouth, generally associated with France, in mixed drinks for added spice. It’s what brings complexity to a Martini.  My current favorite white comes from Lustau. It’s made in Jerez, Spain and has an intense spice nose. It’s smooth, juicy and crisp with notes of orange, coriander and gentian. This one’s only $22. If you want to spice your life and your beverage routine, give your taste buds a real treat with a glass of Vermouth wine.

A great summer Vermouth cocktail recipe is The Adonis. Named after a Broadway Show, this mixed drink will add a little spirit to your Friday evening. Add ice, 2 ounces Fino Sherry, 2 ounces Vermouth, and 2 dashes of orange bitters to a mixing glass and stir until chilled. Add an orange slice as a garnish.

Stay tuned for Vermouth 102, coming soon.

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