5 Ways with Vermouth

What is this Vermouth stuff you say? This golden oldie has a deep-rooted history dating back to around 1000BC. Originally consumed, believe it or not, for medical purposes, Vermouth is now more commonly known as the base for one of the most renowned classic cocktails of all time – the Martini.

Style: Aperitif, cocktail mixer, substitute for wine in cooking.

Store: Once opened store in the fridge or even the freezer. Consume within 3 months of opening.

Although technically a spirit, Vermouth actually has a wine base and can be used as a white wine alternative in cooking – try a roast chicken with a dry vermouth sauce, or add a dash to creamy mushrooms. Yum! In addition to its wine base Vermouth has a mixture of various botanicals (such as herbs, flowers, seeds and spices) sweetened with sugar cane or caramelised sugar (if the style calls for it).

Vermouth is produced in Italy or France and it predominately comes in 3 Styles – dry, medium and sweet.

So, who should you buy Vermouth for? The Martini lover in your world. The aspiring Chef. The creative Mixologist. Anyone who deserves a bit of sophistication. Let us break down the barriers to this old-time concoction and celebrate its versatility and flavour

Here are our 5 ways to enjoy Vermouth…

Martini – traditionally made with Gin, however, more and more recipes are coming out with Vodka.

To make the traditional dry Martini you’ll need:

  • 6 parts Gin – we like Tanqueray 1Ltr
  • 1 part Dry Vermouth – we like Martini Dry Vermouth

Garnish with lemon Peel or Green Olives – we like Always Fresh Olives

Place ingredients into a shaker with ice and stir or shake until combined and cold. Strain into a Martini glass.

Garnish with 1 or 2 olives (or 3)

Variations

  • To make a Dirty Martini, add a few drops of the brine or juice from the jar of olives. Garnish with the olives.
  • To make a Perfect Martini – add equal parts of Dry and Sweet Vermouth (0.5 part of each)

Manhattan

To make you’ll need:

  • 2 Parts Rye or Canadian Whiskey – we like Canadian Club
  • ¾ Parts sweet red Vermouth – we like Rosso
  • Dash of Angostura Bitters

Garnish – Maraschino Cherry

Place ingredients into a shaker – stir until cold. Strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with cherry.

Traditionally served without ice.

If you want to make a Rob Roy –  this is the same as the Manhattan but uses Scotch Whisky (we like Johnnie Walker Gold) instead of Rye Whiskey or Bourbon

Negroni

To make you’ll need:

  • 1 part Gin
  • 1 part sweet red Vermouth
  • 1 part Campari

Garnish –  Orange Peel

Place enough ice in Cocktail Glass to fill it to the brim. Pour ingredients over the ice, stir and garnish.

And now for something completely different…

Cheese Fondue

To make you’ll need:

  • 1 pound of cheese of your choosing, shredded (around 4 cups)
  • Thickener e.g., Flour or Cornstarch (around 4 tsp)
  • Dry Vermouth (around 1 cup)
  • Melting top
  • Fondue Serving dish

Combine thickening agent and Vermouth over a low heat until smooth. Slowly add in shredded cheese and ensure mixture doesn’t boil. Transfer to serving dish. Serve with crusty breads, vegetables

Optional – add flavours such as onion or garlic during the cooking process or season with pepper and/or nutmeg to enhance the deliciousness further.

So there you have it, Vermouth can do everything from Martini’s to Fondue…what a wondrous spirit, you get why we love it as much as we do.