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Vermouth, Take the Wheel

May 10, 2022

Story: Punch Staff

photo: Lizzie Munro

Cocktails

Vermouth, Take the Wheel

May 10, 2022

Story: Punch Staff

photo: Lizzie Munro

Nine easy recipes that cast the go-to modifier into a starring role.

Despite being a critical element in a number of classic recipes, from the Martini to the Manhattan, vermouth is seldom considered as anything other than a modifier. But the fortified wine shines as an anchor for countless low-proof drinks; with its bittersweet botanical flavor, vermouth can hold its own in highballs, stirred drinks and even tiki-style serves. The choose-your-own-adventure of the Vermouth and Tonic may be the most well known (and easiest to construct) of vermouth-forward drinks, but more obscure takes, such as the Old Hickory, an equal-parts mixture of blanc and sweet vermouths, deserve a place in the cocktail canon, too. Here, explore vermouth in a leading role through nine easy-drinking cocktails.

Vermouth Tonic Recipe
Recipe

Vermouth and Tonic

A simple highball that can be made with sweet or dry vermouth.

Old Hickory Cocktail Dauphines
Recipe

Neal Bodenheimer’s Old Hickory

An obscure classic, retooled for more flavor and less dilution.

Vermouth Cocktail Recipe
Recipe

Tiki Tak

A base of dry vermouth meets the tropical fruit flavor of banana and pineapple.

Cobbler Recipe
Recipe

Juicebox Cobbler

Pineapple and passion fruit lend a tiki-like vibe to this cobbler riff.

Recipe

Chrysanthemum #2

An improved Chrysanthemum with less absinthe and more citrus.

Recipe

Bodega Spritz

A Spanish vermouth-inspired spritz that plays with fruit flavors.

Wine Syrup
Recipe

Poor Richard

A low-proof punch featuring dry cider and Italian vermouth.

Vermouth Cocktail Recipe
Recipe

Suppressor #1766

A warming mix of vermouth and amontillado, cut by bracing coffee liqueur and orange bitters.

claire sprouse alligator arms cocktail recipe
Recipe

Alligator Arms

A house made celery syrup offers vegetal tones to this vermouth-based cocktail.

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