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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 vermouth-based 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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