In Defense of Drinking Vermouth

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  • AlainHarvey posted 2 years ago

    Vermouth is white or red wine that has been infused with a mixture of botanicals and fortified by the addition of a neutral alcohol like un-aged brandy or grain alcohol. The fact that it is fortified leads many people to believe that it is shelf-stable, that is simply not true. For a better vermouth experience, buy a high quality product such as one of the offerings from Boissiere, Noilly Prat, or Vya, and always buy from a source with high turnover. Vermouth should be used within 6-8 months of bottling or it begins to go off. Once opened, it should be stored in the refrigerator and away from light. Even when stored properly, it oxidizes like any other wine, so it is advisable to finish the bottle within a month after opening. Unfortunately, this means you should almost never order vermouth (or a cocktail containing it) in a random bar where the bottle is just sitting out and has been open for who knows how long. Find a cocktail establishment where they care about these things, or make it yourself at home.

  • Andrew Quady posted 4 years ago

    Great article Jordan...Nice to know that Vya is neither an upstart or a niche vermouth anymore. I would like to add that, in my opinion, most dry vermouths (especially Vya) need to be kept in the refrigerator after opening - because the white wine elements will oxidize, even if the wine is 17% alcohol.

  • Carla Skjong posted 4 years ago

    I love any cocktail with vermouth (especially the Manhattan) but have been drinking vermouth on the rocks for years. Happy to have the article's affirmation!

  • Patrick Bolster posted 5 years ago

    I couldn't agree more Mr. Mackay. I am also a big fan of aromatized wines like Cocchi's Barolo Chinato (which I am down to only a few more ounces...sigh). These beverages are like a "cocktail in a bottle" and deserve every bit of respect you have charged them with in this article. Thank you for spreading the wealth, sir!

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