06 Oct 10 Most Famous Vermouth Cocktails (With Recipes!)
Spain is a big producer and consumer of Spanish vermouth, where it first arrived through Reus, in Catalonia.
As compared to other countries where vermouth is used to make cocktails, in Spain, it is taken neat, preferably on the rocks with a slice of orange and/or olive. The Spanish people view drinking vermouth as a social activity hence the observation of ‘la hora del vermut’ (vermouth time) or “hacer un vermut” (have a vermouth) by most of the city drinkers, and as an opportunity to accompany it with tasty appetizers such as Spanish tapas or pintxos.
However, vermouth is making a comeback with many bartenders opting to use it to make the classic cocktails. Here are ten most famous vermouth cocktails (click the name for the recipe):
This cocktail has undergone a lot of evolution since its inception between 1882 and 1910. The unifying factors that it has gin and vermouth. The cocktail is made up of three ounces of gin and an ounce of extra dry vermouth.
This cocktail was invented by a customer in a bar in Florence. Count Camillo Negroni ordered a mix of gin, Campari, and sweet vermouth. This cocktail is mostly served with orange garnish.
This drink features a mixture of Fino sherry, orange bitters, and sweet vermouth.
This drink, invented in Houston consists of two ounces of rye whiskey or bourbon, dashes of Angostura aromatic bitter and an ounce of sweet vermouth.
Created in 1906, this drink is ranked amongst the top five most famous cocktails. It is made up of both sweet and dry vermouth in equal proportions as well as gin and fresh orange juice.
This drink was created in the 1860s. It features soda, one and a half ounces of Campari bitter and one and a half ounces of sweet vermouth.
This drink was created in Manhattan. It involves scotch whiskey, angostura bitters, and sweet vermouth.
This dry vermouth cocktail closely resembles the Martini but also has absinthe.
This drink is related to the Manhattan but uses dry vermouth instead of the sweet red vermouth.
This drink is a simple mixture of dry and sweet vermouth mixed with a dash of lemon, sugar and served on ice.
There are several more cocktails you could add to this list. However, these are the most popular vermouth cocktails that have stood the test of time.