About Vermouth

Vermouth is an aromatized, fortified wine flavored with certain spices and herbs, including tree barks, seeds and flowers.

Historically there were two main vermouth styles, a sweet Italian vermouth and a drier, lighter French vermouth. Today many styles of dry and sweet, red and white vermouths are made in many regions of the world. More and more diversity in style is seen with the success of new-world, craft vermouths entering the market. Enjoy these wines on the rocks, with soda, or in your favorite classic cocktails like a Manhattan, Martini, or Negroni.

Top Picks for Vermouth

Padro & Co.  Reserva Especial Sweet Vermouth
95 points
$35
Dark brown color. Complex aromas and flavors of fennel, leather, cacao nibs, cola, fig, espresso beans, dried cherry, candied pecan, and nougat with a round, vibrant, moderately sweet medium body and an effortless, complex, long finish with touches of honey on tangerines, quinine, dried apple, cassia, nutmeg, lavender, and gentian finish. A poignant and complex, old-world vermouth for stellar manhattans; thoroughly enjoyable on rocks and in spritzes.
Awards: 2018 Best Vermouth Red
Rosso Antico  Sweet Vermouth
94 points
Bronze color. Interesting aromas of cola nut, orris root, bitter orange marmalade, rose petal, dandelion, and cassia bark with a round, lively, bittersweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, captivating, medium-long black licorice, nectarine, sultana, and bitter almond finish. A very attractive bitter liqueur with vibrant, fruity character, superbly balanced bitter edge, and lengthy finish.
Cinzano  1757 Sweet Vermouth
93 points
$29.99
Mahogany color. Aromas of sandalwood, cola, autumn leaves, espresso, cinnamon stick, candied carrot, thyme, and dried fig with a round, vibrant, bittersweet medium body and a smooth, subtle, medium-long gentian and geranium finish. A rock-solid, bold vermouth for serious cocktailers; will hold its own and be a true partner in a cocktail.
93 points $29.99
Alysian  Vermouth Bianco
93 points
$24.99
Bright golden yellow color. Aromas of parsley, grape jam, peach preserve, dill, cinnamon raisin bread, thyme, bay leaf, and sweet potato pie with a velvety, vibrant, fruity light body and a warming, nuanced, medium-long iced tea, minerals, and cherry stone finish. A spice cabinet of a vermouth that will combine with spirits to make unique and savory craft cocktails.
Awards: 2018 Best White Vermouth
93 points $24.99
Drapo NV Bianco Vermouth Italy
92 points
$16.95
Best Buy
Yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of tonka bean, chamomile, ripe fig, cedar, cinnamon, and birch venik with a vibrant, fruity sweet medium body and a medium-long finish that presents accents of ripe apricot and sugar cane with no oak flavor. A beautifully integrated melange of herb flavors makes this Vermouth a dream to sip on ice, with soda, or in a superb cocktail.
92 points $16.95 Best Buy
Drapo NV Rosso Vermouth Italy
92 points
$16.95
Best Buy
Amber color. Herbal aromas of cedar smoke, autumn leaves, honey cake, and lavender with a round, vibrant, fruity sweet medium body and a silky, complex, long toffee, ripe mango, birch, caraway, lemon verbena, bitter roots, and green olive finish. A fuller-bodied amber Vermouth with a strong backbone; pair with any spirit to balance and elevate stirred cocktails.
92 points $16.95 Best Buy
Turin Drapo  Rosé Sweet Vermouth
92 points
$23.95
Pale salmon pink color. Aromas and flavors of chamomile, watermelon, pink peppercorn, bay leaf, thyme, and menthol with a satiny, crisp, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a polished, appealing, medium-length finish with suggestions of black tea, tangerine peel, and oregano focaccia finish. A very enjoyable, stylish rose vermouth that should be used liberally on the rocks, with gin, or in a spritz.
92 points $23.95
Vya  Extra Dry Vermouth
92 points
$22.99
Best Buy
Bright straw color. Spicy aromas of hay, thyme, oregano, overripe clementine, cinnamon smoke, and black licorice with a supple, crisp, dryish light body and a polished, medium-length potpourri and celery finish. A solid dry vermouth with nice acidity; an excellent gin companion.
92 points $22.99 Best Buy
Vya  Whisper Dry Vermouth
92 points
$22.99
Best Buy
Golden straw color. Interesting aromas of fresh cantaloupe, marzipan, white chocolate croissant, eucalyptus, musk, and whole lemon with a satiny, crisp, dryish full body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length salted oregano, bitter herbs, cassia bark, and pear finish. A very fresh and lightly bitter dry vermouth that will work perfectly in a variety of classic cocktails.
92 points $22.99 Best Buy
Alysian  Vermouth Bittersweet
92 points
$24.99
Minutely hazy gold color. Aromas of cinnamon dusted ginger candies, menthol, yellow plum, ginseng, allspice, clove, and artisan yellow tomato ketchup with a round, vibrant, bittersweet medium body and a peppery, complex, long willow, cotton, dandelion, and black licorice finish. A vibrant and unique vermouth that can combine with whiskey to make a very compelling cocktail.
92 points $24.99