Top 10 Vermouth Mix Recipes

The Vermouth is a fortified wine with added aroma and flavors of various botanicals like the roots, flowers, seeds, herbs, and spices. Its origin is said to be in Turin, Italy. The Vermouth was initially used for medicinal purposes and customarily as a pre-dinner drink.

It is one of two main varieties.

  • The sweet, reddish brown colored Italian vermouth
  • The dry, straw colored, more bitter tasting is the French Vermouth.

Spain is also a significant producer and consumer of the vermouth. Unlike other countries where vermouth is primarily used for cocktails, in Spain, it is consumed neat, preferably on the rocks with a slice of orange or olive used for garnishing. The Spanish people prefer consuming the drink socially and enjoy it with the city dwellers.

Gradually the Vermouth has been accepted as a worldwide sensation for making cocktails as many bartenders have opted for it to create classic cocktails. Some of the recipes are-:

The Martini

One of the best known mixed alcoholic beverages, the martini is a concoction of the gin and vermouth. Garnishing can be done with either an orange or olive. Taste and the composition of this mix have evolved since its inception.

Generally consumed in the form of Dry Martini which uses dry gin and dry vermouth or the white vermouth. A perfect martini uses equal amounts of sweet and dry vermouth. Let us have a glance at the making of this elegant mix.

  • 74ml of Gin
  • 15ml of dry vermouth
  • A splash of Orange bitters
  • Lemon slice for garnishing

Method

  • Add the ingredients in the mixing glass and stir it well until the content is very cold
  • Pour the mixture in a cocktail glass
  • Garnish it with the lemon slice

The Negroni

The Negroni is the classic Italian mix made of 1 part of gin and 1 of the red and sweet Italian Vermouth mixed with the Campari (also a red colored alcoholic beverage). Considered as an alternative for the Margarita’s and Mojito’s if someone is looking for the continental option.

Best enjoyed at a time between the sunset and dusk in a verandah with the soothing light rays of the sun setting the mood. Let us see how we can create this magical drink with this steps.

Ingredients

  • 29 ml of London dry gin
  • 29ml of Campari
  • 29 ml of Italian Vermouth
  • A cocktail glass
  • Peel of orange for garnishing

Method

  • Add the beverages in the cocktail shaker and shake well with ice
  • Pour it into a chilled cocktail glass
  • Use the orange peel for garnishing

The Adonis

This drink carries a little story dating back to the end of the 19th century somewhere around the mid 1880’s when the burlesque musical Adonis was a hit in the theaters and was the first Broadway to complete 500 shows. The drink was named after the title Adonis to honor the 500th show.

This cocktail is simple yet effective if you are not looking for getting very high. A perfect mix at night for getting rid of the daily stress and simultaneously keeping yourself away from a bad hangover the next day. Let us take a look at the steps.

Ingredients

  • 44ml of the Fino sherry, the driest fortified wine
  • 44ml of sweet vermouth
  • Splash of orange bitter
  • Orange peel for garnishing
  • Mixing glass and cocktail glass

Method

  • Put the ingredients in the mixing glass and stir thoroughly with ice
  • Put the mixture in the chilled cocktail glass
  • Juice out the citrus oils from the orange peel over the top of the drink

The Manhattan

The drink became a hit as soon as it hit the market. Invented during the late 1800’s, this drink is mainly a mix of the rye whiskey and the sweet vermouth. A strong Jack Daniels can also be used to make the evening more interesting.

Ingredients

  • 50ml of Jack Daniel’s Old No.7
  • 15ml of vermouth
  • 2 dashes of Angostura bitters
  • Orange peel for a slight hint

 Method

  • Take a cocktail mixing glass and fill it half with cubed ice
  • Now add all the ingredients and stir it well for 10 seconds
  • Here comes the tricky part! Rub the orange peel around the rim of the glass properly because the citric taste is the first you taste while sipping the drink
  • Pour the mix in the glass and add a dark cherry to garnish

The Bronx Cocktail

The inception of this drink dates back to 1906. It is a perfect martini with the gin and vermouth in equal proportion and a slight hint of fresh orange juice. This drink gave a tough time to the Martini and Manhattan in 1934 and was number three in the list.

Like the Manhattan, this is also a cocktail from the streets of New York and with the name suggesting its origin from the Bronx but a more popular belief establishing its relation to Queens area. Few proud bartenders who love the art of mixology are trying to keep the Bronx alive against the dipping popularity of the drink.

Ingredients

  • 59ml of Gin
  • 15ml of dry vermouth
  • 29ml of fresh orange juice
  • 15ml of sweet vermouth

Method

  • Shake the ingredients in a mixing glass with ice
  • Pour the mix into a chilled cocktail glass

Americano Cocktail

This is the truly classic cocktail and was first served in 1860 at a bar in Milan, Italy. Originally named Milano Torino, it later became famous as The Americano because of its popularity amongst the American tourists. This drink  is very closely associated with Ian Flemings James Bond Series also depicting Fleming’s fascination for the drink

The Americano acts as a wonderful aperitif and recipe of this cocktail is very simple with the Campari and the vermouth giving the bitter and sweet taste respectively.

Ingredients

  • 44ml of Campari
  • 44ml of sweet vermouth
  • 88 ml of club soda
  • Lemon or orange for garnishing

Method

  • Pour the vermouth and Campari in a glass with ice cubes and top it with soda
  • Garnish it with a lemon twist or orange slice and enjoy!

Rob Roy

Created in  Manhattan, this drink was named after Robert Roy MacGregor, Scotland’s Robin Hood. It is a whisk of Scotch and vermouth and the taste enhanced by a splash of  Angostura bitters.

Ingredients

  • 59 ml of quality blended scotch or a hit Jack Daniels preferably
  • Dash of Angostura Bitters for the strong taste
  • 29 ml of sweet vermouth
  • Maraschino Cherries for garnishing

Method

  • Add the beverages and the bitters in a mixing glass with ice and stir it well
  • Pour the mix in a chilled cocktail glass
  • Add the cherry and serve!

The Obituary

This drink is a fascinating twist on the gin martini and probably gets its gruesome name from the inclusion of absinthe which is a high alcoholic beverage. This addition changes the whole taste of the gin martini mix.

Ingredients

  • 59ml of Gin
  • 39ml of dry vermouth
  • 39ml of dry vermouth

Method

  • Combine the ingredients in a mixing glass and stir until cool.
  • Pour it in a chilled cocktail glass

The Brooklyn

Another one from New York! The Brooklyn is the lesser known but equally effective counterpart of the Manhattan. With the Maraschino liqueur the taste becomes more exotic, and there is an addition of a mild sweet aroma.

The only difference it holds from a Manhattan is the use of dry vermouth instead of red sweet one.

 Ingredients

  • 59ml of good quality whiskey can be rye whiskey too!
  • 29ml of dry vermouth
  • 7ml of maraschino liqueur
  • 7ml of Angostura Bitter

Method

  • Combine the beverages in a mixing glass and stir it until chilled
  • Pour it into a chilled cocktail glass

The French Kiss

The French Kiss is a  simple mix of both the dry and sweet vermouth blended with a hint of lemon and sugar bringing out that tart and sweet flavor. To make it more interesting prepare lemonade ice cube and add it to the drink.

Ingredients

  • 354 ml of dry vermouth
  • 354 ml of sweet vermouth
  • 6 strips of lemon peel

Method

  • Stir the vermouths with the lemonade ice cubes you prepared and stir them until the mix is chilled
  • Now move the lemon peels around the rims of each glass to squeez that citric juice out and drop them inside
  • Fill the glasses with the chilled mixture and add ice cubes

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