About Vermouth

Serve in a Copita
Vermouth is a fortified wine flavored with certain spices and herbs, including tree bark, seeds and flowers and in Europe, wormwood. The best known examples are from northern Italy, as there are several large manufactures located in Torino in Piedmont. High quality vermouth is also made in France.

There are red and white versions. White vermouth is most famously used in a classic martini, while red vermouth, which is generally sweet, is used in a Manhattan cocktail, among others. Equal parts of dry and sweet vermouth constitute a Perfect Manhattan. Vermouth, with its herbal ingredients, can also settle the stomach.
Top Picks for Vermouth
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broVo
Jammy Red Vermouth
Dark garnet color. Bold, floral, herbal aromas of menthol mint, pine sap, eucalyptus, grilled grapefruit, and stewed wild berries with a supple, sweet-and-sour medium-to-full body and a warming, very complex, long candied jasmine, candied orange peels, ginger mint gum, and peppery Asian spices finish with silky tannins. A fantastic roller coaster of forest and Asian spice flavors for adventurous cocktails.
96 points $19.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212088
Punt e Mes
Vermouth
Dark brown color. Delicate, spicy aromas of baking spices, pepper, cola, and herbal honey with a satiny, crisp, cloying full body and a tingling, very long cocoa, citrus, prune, and mint finish. A rich and very bitter vermouth that will resonate in cocktails.
95 points $18.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212089
Carpano
Bianco Vermouth
Medium pale slivery straw color. Lively, citrusy, spicy aromas of spiced apples and pears and melon frosting with a soft, vibrant, very sweet medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex, long honey, medicinal barks and roots, and wormwood tea finish. A very traditional vermouth with ample spiciness and bitterness for classic cocktails.
95 points $20.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212087
Antica Formula
Vermouth
Bright bronze color. Bright, spicy aromas of lush orange spice cake, cedar, and sarsaparilla with a soft, crisp, cloying medium body and a tingling, complex, medium-length bitter roots and barks finish. A rock solid traditional sweet vermouth.
95 points $29.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211675
La Quintinye
Vermouth Royal Rouge
Bright mahogany color. Lively, attractive, complex aromas of caramelized fruits, melted chocolate smores, spice tea, and jasmine and lavender with a soft, crisp, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a tingling, nuanced, long delicate grassy herbs, bark, and honeyed cherries finish. A vibrant sweet vermouth with a lot of character and interesting chocolate notes.
94 points $21.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216113
Vya
Sweet Vermouth
Dark bronze color. Herbal, spicy aromas and flavors of sassafras, cocoa, herbs and barks, and brown spices and gingerbread with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, refreshing, crisp spiced citrus, apple pie filling, and mocha toffee finish. A solid, fruity vermouth with a nice balance of sweetness and bitterness that will be very versatile.
93 points $22.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210178
Cinzano
1757 Vermouth
Dark mahogany color. Delicate, spicy aromas of rich brown spices, barks and herbs, exotic peppercorns, and honey with a soft, vibrant, cloying medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex, medium-long earthy roots and tea leaves finish. A richly flavorful sweet vermouth with great drinkability.
93 points $29.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209483
broVo
Pink Rosé Vermouth
Amber salmon copper color. Delicate aromas and flavors of pink peppercorns, cherry cola, pomegranate chutney, and grassy herbs with a body and a warming, compelling, medium-long finish with accents of nougat, apple buttered toast, spicy cranberry-orange relish, and sandalwood with crunchy tannins. A zesty, vibrant vermouth that will elevate cocktails and try in sangria too.
93 points $19.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207331
Drapò
Vermouth Bianco
Bright gold color. Attractive aromas of sweet and peppery spices, floral and herbal honey, banana custard, and cologne with a lightly tannic, crisp, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a tingling, medium-length spiced pear, bubblegum dust, and sassafras finish. A very nicely balanced white vermouth that will mix brilliantly or make a fine aperitif.
93 points $18 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212407
Vya
Extra Dry Vermouth
Slivery straw color. Bright, herbal, earthy aromas of pressed flowers, sweet citrus, and herb muffin with a silky, bright, off-dry light-to-medium body and a tingling, delightful, medium-long fleur de sel, root vegetables, and bark finish. A very appetizing and savory vermouth that will shine in dry cocktails.
92 points $22.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab