As we mentioned a couple of blog posts ago, a bottle or two of vermouth is the essential item to have in your home bar. Don't think of vermouth in the Martini context only, because it is incredibly versatile that can be paired with literally all kinds of spirits and mixers. Today we will talk about four tempting ways to enjoy vermouth.
Neat on the Rocks
Vermouth is an outstanding aperitif and it is often enjoyed neat on the rocks. This style of drinking vermouth is incredibly popular in Italy, Spain, and France. They usually garnish a glass of vermouth with a lemon twist (white vermouth) or an orange twist (red vermouth). Try it, don't forget to add a few ice cubes and relax, it's siesta time! By the way, you can always complement your vermouth with some appetizers. Choose pickles, shellfish or young cheese for a delightful marriage of sweet, bitter, and savory tastes.
This is an easy and delicious way to sip the vermouth. Treat yourself with a light and refreshing spritz because you deserve it. Take 60ml of dry vermouth and 120ml of soda or tonic. Pour over ice and garnish with grapefruit or orange wheel. For extra fruity pleasure, add muddled strawberries and enjoy!
Pair with Other Spirits
Again, vermouth is an incredibly friendly wine as it goes well with all kinds spirits. Try mixing it with red bitters, whisky, gin, vodka, tequila — choose the combination that makes your mouth water.
Check out our favorite vermouth and spirits pairings for some inspiration.
Next time you are in a Negroni mood, try to substitute gin with a nice portion of Fino sherry for softness and delightful citrus tone. It's a perfect aperitif cocktail or can be drunk anytime. Mix equal parts of sherry, Campari and sweet vermouth, shake it and pour over ice, garnish with a lemon twist.
If you're a whisky fan, you will definitely enjoy this cocktail. Mix 1 part of red vermouth, 2 parts of single malt whisky, 2 dashes of angostura bitter, and 5ml of maraschino liqueur with ice in a mixing glass. Strain into a cocktail glass and serve with a maraschino cherry and a twist of lemon.
Mixed with Other Vermouths
All vermouths have various flavor profiles which work great together. A mix of sweet and dry vermouths is a classical combination. It is quite complex but also well-balanced pairing. Add a dash of maraschino liqueur or a splash of soda and enjoy.
Recommended Vermouths for Sipping
Having one bottle of vermouth is good, two are even better. If you store three and more different vermouths in your drinks cabinet — you are a professional mixologist! Here is our list of outstanding vermouth for your home bar.
Victory Forest Vermouth. Extravagant and complex, this is how we would describe this tipple. It has everything: earthy aromas, rich fruity flavors, a subtle spiciness, and a complex herbaceous mix. Tastes well neat on the rocks as well as in a Spritz.
Cotswolds Vermouth is a perfect combination of selected botanicals with a blend of Seyval and Pinot Blanc wines from Woodchester Valley Vineyard. The delicate structure and warming spice notes make their vermouth perfect for a Manhattan or a Negroni. It is also delicious on its own over ice.
Londinio Red Vermouth was created for your outstanding Negronis and Manhattans! This is a delightful combination of English wine and a bunch of botanicals including wormwood, gentian root, fresh orange peel, sage, liquorice root, rhubarb, cinnamon, and chamomile.
Londinio Dry Vermouth is made using English White Wine and the marriage of selected botanicals. These are wormwood, gentian root, juniper, lemon verbena, and liquorice root. This vermouth is clean and crisp, with delightful herbaceous hints.
Londinio Rosé Vermouth is amazing vermouth created to perfectly pair with tonic, sparkling wine, and gin. Expect delicious red fruit and floral notes and a touch of pepper. Enjoy over ice with a slice of Pink Grapefruit or as a Spritz.
Londinio White Vermouth is handcrafted in small batches with English Wine and a unique blend of botanicals including wormwood, gentian root, sage, bay leaf, coriander seed, nettle leaf, fresh lemon, and orange peels. Herbal and citrus-forward vermouth.