Drinks with Vermouth and How Vermouth is Made in California


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Drinks with Vermouth and How Vermouth is Made in California

February 15, 2022
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Drinks with Vermouth and How Vermouth is Made in California

Drinks with Vermouth and How Vermouth is Made in California

The best drinks with vermouth are actually classic cocktails that you probably are already familiar with. Do you love a Dirty Vodka Martini or a Negroni? Both of those drinks with vermouth grace almost every cocktail menu we’ve ever perused, but there are so many more you might be missing! 

What is Vermouth?

Vermouth is a fortified and aromatized wine, AKA a wine that has been spiked with brandy, infused with herbs/spices, and sweetened.

Dry Vermouth (White): This fortified wine from France has floral, fruity, and herbed notes. Historically, wormwood was dry vermouth’s hallmark ingredient.

Sweet Vermouth (Red): This Italian fortified wine has a fuller body of flavor than dry. It is light and delicate with a balance of spices like vanilla and caramel, with a more fruity finish.

Adonis cocktail with vermouth being strained into a coupe glass.

The Ultimate Guide to Creating Cocktails with Vermouth.

You’ve probably heard of this fortified wine when looking up classic cocktail recipes, but do you know where it comes from, how to use it, or how it’s made?

Check out this article from This Mess is Ours to learn all about vermouth and why you should be stocking it in your kitchen.

Click here to read the article.

Is Vermouth Gluten-Free?

This is a question that comes up a lot isn’t it?! The G Free Foodie compiled this amazing Gluten-Free Alcoholic Beverage Guide, plus lots of good information from those in the know. 

Keep this guide in your back pocket for when you need it!

Click here to read the guide.

Gluten Free Alcoholic Beverage List

Where is Vermouth made in California?

Vermouth has such a rich global history that most people don’t know that we have our very own vermouth origin story right here in Madera, California!

Vya Vermouth starts with a blend of grapes, including Orange Muscat grown at Quady Winery in the San Joaquin Valley of California. Quality grapes give Vya vermouth good viscosity and background fruit and flavor. The Vya base-wine is fresh and clean and doesn’t have a lot of varietal character, which provides a palate for the herbs to make something entirely new. 

Vya vermouth - 3 varieties.

Meet Vya, America’s First Craft Vermouth

Challenged by friends in 1997 to make excellent vermouth, Andy Quady of Quady Winery dug up his notes from a 1972 lecture at U.C. Davis on “Secrets of Spanish Vermouth Producers”.

He experimented and tested, paying particular attention to the quality of the wine and herbs he used. He carefully replicated the artisanal process of making vermouth, and eventually produced what we now know and love as Vya.

Click here to learn more about Vya Vermouth!

 “Vermouth is so different. There’s only so much you can do with grapes in winemaking. But grapes with plants opens up a whole new world.– Andy Quady of Quady Winery

Can you drink Vermouth like wine?

Yes, you can drink vermouth just like you would a glass of wine. There are all sorts of different ways to enjoy vermouth actually – straight sipping, cocktails, and even cooking. The uses are almost endless!

How To Drink Vermouth Like A Spaniard

 According to Salt & Wind, if you order vermouth – “vermut” – in Spain, it traditionally comes served on the rocks or with a spritz of soda water (sifón) and garnished with a skewered green olive or citrus twist.

Click here to read the article.

{Vermut Con Sifón} Vermouth And Soda Cocktail Recipe

Salt & Wind says that you can order your vermouth on the rocks, but they prefer it con sífon or ‘with soda water’. That simple addition lightens up the drink and makes it even more of a session cocktail with even lower alcohol.

This cocktail recipe is so simple it barely deserves to be called a recipe. You simply combine vermouth and soda to the ratio you like and serve it. Of course, the garnishes are key! Don’t skimp on those.

Click here for the recipe!

Can you cook with vermouth?

YES! Cooking with vermouth is totally a thing that you should be doing. The question is are you cooking a savory dish or sweet? Dry vermouth is most often used in savory recipes and sweet vermouth is most often used in desserts.

Roast Chicken with Lemon, Oregano, and Vermouth

Simple roasted chicken parts are perfect for a weeknight meal. You’ll have just enough concentrated jus to drizzle a little over each oregano-scented piece.

Click here for this recipe from Food & Wine!

Manhattan Cocktail Cake Recipe

Irvin of Eat the Love includes sweet vermouth in this recipe. Think of this as the love child of holiday fruit cake (without the dense heaviness) and Caribbean rum cake (swapping bourbon for rum), creating a new sophisticated holiday favorite for the adults.

Click here for the recipe!

How to Store Vermouth.

When a wine is exposed to air, it undergoes oxidation. Vermouths can change flavor profiles in as little as 15-20 minutes after opening, so it is important to keep an opened bottle tightly sealed in the fridge at all times. Never store an open bottle of vermouth at room temperature.

Recipes for the Best Drinks with Vermouth.

Two California-Style Adonis Cocktails with Vermouth and an orange garnish

California-Style Adonis Cocktail with Vermouth

The Adonis packs a punch when it comes to flavor!

This low-proof cocktail is one of the most aromatic sipping experiences I have honestly ever had. The pungent botanical-laced aroma hits the palette even before the first sip does, and lingers well after the glass has left your lips.

Click here for the recipe.

Classic Negroni Sbagliato Cocktail

This cocktail with vermouth from Salt & Wind is a mash-up of two cocktails: the Classic Spritz and the Negroni Cocktail. It’s like the goldilocks of cocktails – not too sweet, not too strong, and just right!

Click here for the recipe!

Classic Negroni Sbagliato Cocktail
Dirty Vodka Martini

Dirty Vodka Martini

This classic martini from This Mess is Ours happens to be stirred not shaken, thank you!

Nothing looks quite as classy as sipping on a martini with an assortment of drunken California olives adorned on a skewer.

Click here for the recipe!

Gin & Cucumber Juice Cocktail

This cocktail from California Ripe Olives puts a whole new flavor spin on the classic “Gin & Juice” by subbing in California Green Olive Juice in the recipe.

Click here for the recipe!

Sweet Cherry Manhattan

Sweet Cherry Manhattan

The Bojon Gourmet makes her version of the classic Manhattan with muddled fresh cherries and sweet red vermouth!

Click here for the recipe!

Apple Cider Manhattan

These Apple Cider Manhattans from Yes to Yolks are a fall twist on a classic cocktail. Sweetened with a caramel brown sugar syrup and topped off with apple cider, these are a whiskey lover’s dream come true!

Click here for the recipe!

Classic Gin Martini

The classic recipe from This Mess is Ours traces the martini’s origins to the late 1800s, where it was first served and recorded in bartending manuals.

While the exact origin is unknown, many believe the gin martini was originated in Martinez, California during the mid-1800s Gold Rush, according to historians and residents.

Get the recipe here!

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