Vermouth is on the verge of breaking out of your martini. Oh, it'll still be there for cocktails when you need it, but it's stepping into the spotlight of its own. Vermouth is both aromatized (infused with herbs and botanicals) and fortified (adding neutral spirits to increase alcohol content). Manufacturers keep their botanical blends close to the vest, though, meaning every vermouth will taste different.
How Should I Drink Vermouth?
You won't want to drink a hefty glass of vermouth like you would normal wine, but it's a must-have for your home's bar. Many popular cocktails require a dose of vermouth, including martinis, Manhattans, Negronis and the bizarrely named Rob Roy. Gallo, Martini & Rossi and Carpano are the most popular manufacturers, but you might want to try a few in a drink to find the one you like best. Once you find the right one, it's as satisfying as finding the perfect pair of pants.
What Are the Types of Vermouth?
While vermouth is broadly categorized as sweet and dry, most bartenders will tell you there are three types, and each has its own distinct qualities.