WTF Do I Do with Vermouth?

So, you may or may not have a liquor cabinet (or, if you’re classy, a liquor closet or corner) with vermouth inside. You also may or may not know what to do with said vermouth BESIDES making a classic martini.

Fun fact: Vermouth is so much more than a throw away in your fancy Manhattan. It comes in different varieties, flavors, and types. Technically, vermouth today is a wine that is aromatized and fortified, which is fancy talk for infused with spices and spiked with un-aged brandy. Back in the day, vermouth was actually used as a medicinal tonic (take me back to those days, plz) since it’s full of things like wormwood, vine flowers, iris roots, cardamom, cinnamon, bitter orange, ginger, licorice, and quinine.

Vermouth has either a red or white wine base and, thus, is either dry or sweet. A dry white is the usual ingredient in a martini, while sweet red vermouth would be the star of a Manhatten or Negroni.

We loved the easy drinking and borderline sweet flavor of the La Quintinye Blanc (which uses a white wine base and is fortified with Cognac), so here’s a recipe to start you off on your vermouth adventure:

Blanc Cocktail:

  • 10 mL La Quintinye Blanc (this was the prettiest bottle and delish vermouth, so like, buy it)
  • 60 mL G’Vine Floraison or other gin
  • 20 mL grape-flavored vodka (try Pinnacle or Smirnoff)

Shake all the ingredients together with ice and strain into a chilled glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.

Not your fav? Try a classic Negroni:

  • 45 mL La Quintinye Rouge or other red vermouth
  • 45 mL G’Vine Nouaison or other gin
  • 30 mL Campari

Pour all the ingredients into an ice-filled old-fashioned glass and stir. Garnish with an orange twist.

You could also go full European and drink the vermouth straight, but I won’t tell you how to live your life.


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