When you think of vermouth, you probably think of a bottle of bitter fortified wine, lingering for years at the back of your drinks cabinet to be used only occasionally in Martinis or Manhattans. Well, think again. In Spain, they drink vermouth neat. If that sounds unpleasant to you, don’t worry: Spanish vermouth is a world away from what you’re used to. Drinkers often start off deeply sceptical about trying vermút but they often end up saying it was their favourite drink!
In Spain they typically drink sweet, red vermouth: vermút rojo. Despite its colour, all vermouth starts out as white wine. It gains its darker colour through being infused with caramel and a range of spices and botanicals. Each vermút has its own flavour profile of spices used, so look out for cinnamon, cardamom, and cloves in the aroma and taste. It’s almost like a cold mulled wine!
These vermuts can not only be drunk neat as mentioned but also go very well with the negroni concept, be it using Gin or Mezcal as the base drink.
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