What is Vermouth
Many people are under the false impression that Vermouth is wine. This is somewhat accurate, but it is not entirely true. Vermouth is a wine-based beverage. One of its core ingredients is wine, but it also has some other flavors mixed in as well. The most common place that you might see Vermouth is as part of a martini.
A different bouquet of herbs, fruits, and spices are used in every brand of Vermouth. It is important to sample a broad swathe of them to get a full understand of what they are. Vermouth can range from a rather bitter liquid to a sweet drink. While it is included it Martinis, it doesn’t do most of the work when it comes to alcohol. The drink is usually based on a white wine with a low-alcohol content.
Because Vermouth is so varied from one producer to the next, there isn’t a set definition of what it exactly is. We do know that it is almost always based on some white wine, though. People have developed a particular taste for some common ingredients in it. This has culturally driven the drink to include some elements on a regular basis so it can meet the demands of the consumers that love to drink it. You can drink Vermouth at any sweetness level that you want. I prefer mine to be rather bitter though so it mixes with the olives in my Martini better.
Besides the Martini, there are two common cocktails that have Vermouth as an ingredient. These are a Manhattan and a Negroni. Manhattan’s are a classic drink. They are usually made with a more sweet vermouth mixed with whiskey and a cherry. The drink has been around for over 100 years.
The other drink that commonly utilizes Vermouth as an ingredient, the Negroni, is another gin drink that mixes red vermouth with gin and Campari. It is not as popular as a Martini or a Manhattan. Martinis are usually the low-alcohol base wine, mixed with either gin or vodka and olives or olive juice. If you are interested in trying a wine-based beverage, I would start with one of these three drinks.
You can drink Vermouth straight. It is primarily used as a mixer in other beverages, though. It is a good mixer because it tastes good and it doesn’t raise the alcohol content of a drink too sharply because it is a low-alcohol base wine. Vermouth is very close to being considered a fortified wine as those drinks are made much in the same fashion as Vermouth.
Most Popular Vermouth
Carpano ‘Antica Formula 1786’ Vermouth, Italy
Martini & Rossi Bianco Vermouth, Italy
Noilly Prat Original Dry Vermouth, France
Martini & Rossi Extra Dry Vermouth, Italy
Cinzano Rosso Sweet Vermouth, Italy
Yzaguirre Rojo Reserva Vermouth, Catalonia, Spain
Martini & Rossi Rosso Vermouth, Italy
Carpano ‘Punt e Mes’ Vermouth, Italy
Casa Mariol Vermut Negre, Catalonia, Spain
Giulio Cocchi Storico Vermouth di Torino, Piedmont, Italy
Cinzano Bianco Vermouth, Italy
Campari Cordial, Lombardy, Italy
Montana Perucchi Vermouth Blanco, Spain
Martini & Rossi Gold by Dolce & Gabbana Vermouth, Italy
Martini & Rossi Rosato Vermouth, Italy