About Vermouth

About Vermouth
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

broVo Jammy Red Vermouth
96 points
$19.99
Best Buy
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.
Awards: 2014 Best Buy Bar - Best Value Vermouth under $20
96 points $19.99 Best Buy
Punt e Mes Vermouth
95 points
$18.99
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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
Carpano Bianco Vermouth
95 points
$20.99
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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
Antica Formula Vermouth
95 points
$29.99
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
La Quintinye Vermouth Royal Rouge
94 points
$21.99
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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
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
Vya Sweet Vermouth
93 points
$22.99
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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
Cinzano 1757 Vermouth
93 points
$29.99
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
broVo Pink Rosé Vermouth
93 points
$19.99
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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
Drapò Vermouth Bianco
93 points
$18
Best Buy
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