Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Sweet on Vermouth

"Start with a Negroni, sure. Easy, delicious, classic. Or perhaps a Manhattan—all you need is rye and some Angostura, plus your bottle of vermouth. But if you get bored with those basics, it's time to explore what else you can make with sweet vermouth..." says Maggie Hoffman, of Serious Eats.

{Dreams Never End}
What can you make with Sweet Vermouth? Plenty of delicious cocktails, most of which use ingredients you probably already have in your bar! 
Vermouth Cocktail
  • 2 ounces sweet vermouth
  • 2 dashes maraschino liqueur (or curacao or Grand Marnier)
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 1-2 dashes simple syrup, to taste
  • Twist of lemon peel, for garnish

Combine ingredients in a mixing glass and fill with ice. Stir well until chilled, about 20 seconds. Strain into chilled cocktail glass. Twist lemon peel over drink and use as garnish.
  • 1 ounce bourbon or rye whiskey
  • 1 ounce Campari
  • 1 ounce sweet vermouth
  • Garnish: orange twist or cherry
Pour ingredients into a mixing glass and fill with cracked ice. Stir well for 20 seconds and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a cherry or a twist of orange peel.
  • 1 ounce Laird's Applejack
  • 3/4 ounce Dolin Sweet Vermouth
  • 1/2 ounce Plymouth Sloe Gin
  • 1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup
Stir applejack, sweet vermouth, sloe gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup with ice until well chilled. Strain into a chilled coupe.
Check out Serious Eats 10 Cocktails to Make with Sweet Vermouth for more ideas!

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