I hate vermouth. It’s so gross.
Here is wikipedia’s entry on it. I just don’t even care. Vermouth has ruined every martini for me, and I’m bitter:
is an aromatized fortified wine
flavored with various botanicals (roots, barks, flowers, seeds, herbs, spices). It is said to be the most versatile of all Cocktail
The modern versions of the beverage were first produced in the mid to late 18th century in Turin, Italy
While Vermouth was traditionally used for medicinal purposes, its true claim to fame is as an Aperitif
, with fashionable cafes in Turin serving it to guests around the clock.
However, in the late 1800s it became popular with bartenders as a key ingredient in many classic cocktails
that have survived to date,
such as the Martini
, the Manhattan
and the Negroni
. In addition to being consumed as an aperitif or cocktail
ingredient, vermouth is sometimes used as a substitute for white wine in cooking.
Historically, there have been two main types of vermouth, sweet and dry. Recently, however, vermouth manufacturers have begun experimenting and have created various styles, including white or bianco, amber, and rose. Vermouth is produced by starting with a base of a neutral grape wine. Each manufacturer adds additional alcohol and a proprietary mixture of dry ingredients, consisting of aromatic herbs, roots, and barks, to the base wine. After the wine is aromatized and fortified, the vermouth is sweetened with either cane sugar or caramelized sugar, depending on the style. Italian and French companies produce most of the vermouth consumed throughout the world.”