What the hell is vermouth anyway?

15 Jan

If you fancy yourself a self-made mixologist or have ever cracked open a drink recipe book, you’ve probably gotten real pissed that half the stuff requires some type of vermouth and you never bought any because…what the hell is it?


Basically, vermouth is white wine with some liquor added into it. The stuff they add to it is usually too nasty to make a drink in itself like flowers and tree bark and shit, so that’s why they have to mix it with wine.

When you mix it into a drink with a strong liquor base, it sort of dilutes the alcohol content without watering it down. Instead, it should enhance the flavor of the base liquor or add something to it—thus the different types. So if you’re down to get blackout drunk, you don’t really have to add it, or if you like the flavor of your base liquor and any other ingredients, you may not miss it.


2 Responses to “What the hell is vermouth anyway?”

  1. Kevin January 15, 2013 at 12:49 pm #

    This is the worst and most ill-informed description of vermouth I’ve ever read. Come on. You can do better. For starters, go out there and drink some good ones like Cocchi d’Torino, Punt e Mes or Carpano Antica. Vermouth isn’t just some shitty fortified wine that’s only suitable for Martinis and Manhattans.

    • Clayton January 15, 2013 at 1:10 pm #

      Hmmm…you sound like the kind of mixologist who wears vests and wouldn’t dare be seen with wine too young to drink itself.

      Nobody said vermouth is bad. Nobody said it’s only for cliché drinks. Vermouth has lots of uses and can be delicious on its own. You can even cook with it, if you’re into that! But if you’re one who believes it’s absolutely necessary for the drinks that call for it, you probably shouldn’t read a blog with light beer in its header.

      The question was, “What is vermouth?” The answer is, “It’s a fortified wine,” no matter how expensive it is.

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