Sunday, August 16, 2015

Vermouth Cocktail

I'm really enjoying fortified wines right now. Ports, sherries, vermouth--they are all a nice addition to the bar. But that said, it is important to store them correctly. All of these fortified wines will last for over a month if you keep them sealed and refrigerated. You should try to use them up in a few days if you don't refrigerate them. Experiments involving vacuum seals and nitrogen don't significantly preserve the flavor.

All of this is important if you buy an expensive vermouth or sherry. A poor quality vermouth kept in the fridge won't depreciate as much as a high quality vermouth you spent a lot of money on. And in that case, you don't want your money to go to waste when your Carpano Antica starts tasting like Gallo.

Make this cocktail to experience quality vermouth and use it up quickly after opening.
  • 1 1/2 oz. sweet vermouth
  • 1 1/2 oz. dry vermouth
  • several dashes of bitters
  • cherry
Combine all ingredients except cherry in a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a cherry.

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