About Vermouth Red

About Vermouth Red
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 Red

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
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
Padro & Co. Rojo Clasico Sweet Vermouth
90 points
$28
Dark brown color. Aromas of carob, oregano and thyme, licorice, tomatillo, castelvetrano olive, cacao nibs, eucalyptus, and dried cherries with a satiny, vibrant, sweet medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long black toast, fennel fronds, and molasses finish. A pervasive and dark vermouth that will stand up to robust whiskies; try in a rye manhattan or on the rocks with olives.
Vya Sweet Vermouth
89 points
$22
Mahogany color. Spicy aromas of cinnamon tisane, desiccated plums and oranges, orris root, australian soft licorice, and wet leaves with a satiny, vibrant, sweet medium body and a smooth, captivating, medium-length fig tea, allspice, blackberry leaf, citron, cola, gingerbread, and vanilla finish. A rock-solid buttery vermouth packed with warming fruits and spices that will be a great go-to for Manhattans.
Padro & Co. Rojo Amargo Sweet Vermouth
89 points
$42
Dark garnet color. Spicy aromas and flavors of fruitcake, tea with milk and sugar, cedar smoke, plum, jerk spices, and raisin swirl bread with a slightly chewy, vibrant, bittersweet medium body and a polished, captivating, medium-length finish with notes of grapefruit oil and caramelized banana finish. A rich and fruity vermouth with a very balanced bitter character.
Le Madre Rosé Sweet Vermouth
87 points
$22.99
Brushed amber color. Interesting aromas and flavors of ginger coffee cake, toasted coconut, strawberry candies, apricot agridolce, honeycomb, heirloom apple, and ripe papaya with a satiny, crisp, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, stimulating, buoyant finish that exhibits accents of almond nougat and allspice finish. A unique and tropical cocktail ingredient that will be welcomed by craft bartenders; will play well with rum, sherry, and tequila.
87 points $22.99
Le Madre Sweet Vermouth
84 points
$22.99
Bronze color. Aromas of dried cherry and apple, marzipan, wet leaves, sun dried tomato, pressed flowers, bouquet garni, and mirepoix with a satiny, vibrant, sweet thin body and a smooth, brisk iron, demi glace, sweet tea, and concord grape jelly finish. A solid vermouth that might gussy up a sangria or play well with brandy.
84 points $22.99