Alcohol Content: 16-18%
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Vermouth is a staple ingredient in Bond’s favorite; the Martini. So, if you want to look like a real British Spy, you have to get acquainted with Vermouth. Because James Bond doesn’t drink scotch!
The modern version of this fortified wine was created in Italy, yes, the modern version. Fortified wines exist since the B.C era.
Its flavors can vary in every combination of spices, roots, barks, flowers, seeds, and herbs. Because of this, it’s actually a really versatile drink. So, it’s used in a huge list of modern and delicious cocktails and is also drunk neat as an aperitif.
There several types, including sweet and dry versions of the drink. It’s also stronger than common wines, with an alcohol content of 16% to 18%, compared to the 9% to 14%.
It’s believed that fortified wines started to be consumed in the 1250-1000 B-C, in China. So, we’re not talking about a new kind of drink. Vermouth is a modern version of fortified wines, created in the 18th century in Turin, Italy. The name came from “wermut”, which means wormwood in German. Wormwood was a common ingredient in the elaboration of fortified wine, which earned the name of Vermouth when consumed in England in the 16th century. The name stood, even though in the 20th century wormwood was banned from consumption due to its toxicity.
Around 1800 to 1813, the first pale, dry version of the drink was produced. In the same 18th century, it became an important part of cocktails, such as the Martini and the Manhattan.
A wide selection of wine grapes is used in the production of this fortified wine, including Bianchetta Trevigiana, Catarratto and Trebbiano. Also, the spices list used is quite big, and it includes cloves, cinnamon, citrus peel, cardamom, marjoram, juniper, and ginger.
You can drink it neat, as an aperitif or on the rocks. There are more than 120 cocktails that use dry Vermouth, and more than 80 that use the sweet version of this drink. The most famous ones are the Martini, the Manhattan, the Negroni, the Americano, the Bronx and the Rob Roy.
What is your favourite brand of Vermouth.
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