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Vermouth

Vermouths are wine based drinks flavoured with herbs and spices, usually consumed as aperitifs. Popular brands include Martini, Noilly Prat and Dubonnet.

Antonio Benedetto Carpano is said to be a godfather of the genre. Carpano, who created the recipe for Antica Formula, was an Italian distiller who added wine to an infusion of herbs and spices and spirits. He intended the drink for the ladies of Turin and he was inspired by a German wine flavoured with wormwood.

The added herbs and spices also did wonders for masking poor quality wines, and the improved concoctions became very popular.

Today, popular brands are often drunk with mixers, as well as being key ingredients for many cocktails – the legendary Martini is a mix of gin with a splash of dry vermouth (historically Noilly Prat). The Negroni is made with equal parts gin, Campari and sweet red vermouth (often Martini Rosso).

Did you know?... ....The word “Vermouth” comes from the German for wormwood, “Wermut”.

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A great vermouth from Bordeaux. This is made with white Bordeaux wines and fruit brandy and is aged in oak for between 6 months and a year.  More info
$24.31
Punt E Mes
(75cl, 16%)
A classic red vermouth. The balance is superb and there is a lovely herbal flavour. A great addition to many a cocktail.  More info
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$23.71
An incredibly good red vermouth which was originally used to make the Martinez (the grandfather of the martini). Each bottle of Antica Formula is individually numbered, and it really does make a great...  More info
$50.69
Dubonnet Rouge
(75cl, 14.80%)
A French aperitif made with wine from the south of France. This is flavoured with herbs, spices and quinine and is aged in oak for three years.  More info
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$19.92
A red vermouth from independent producer Dolin, based in Chambéry, the only region in France to have received an appellation d'origine contrôlée (controlled designation of origin) for its...  More info
$30.19
Highgate gin distillers Sacred Spirits have taken wine from the Chapel Down winery in Kent, and have used it to create this red vermouth. The vermouth is flavoured with thyme and Somerset wormwood...  More info
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Noilly Prat Vermouth
(75cl, 18%)
A white wine based vermouth, matured for a year in oak before the flavours are added, then the blend is matured for a further year. Noilly Prat is the superlative Martini cocktail vermouth. Also, if...  More info
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$19.16
Dolin are the only remaining independent vermouth producers in Chambéry, the only French region to have received an appellation d'origine contrôlée for its vermouths.

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$30.19
Cocchi Americano
(75cl, 16.50%)
An Italian aperitif, Cocchi Americano has become a popular alternative to the original Kina Lillet. Importantly, it has more quinine bitterness than Lillet Blanc although it is also more spiced in...  More info
$30.18
Martini Rosso
(75cl, 15%)
Red Vermouth - an essential ingredient in arguably the best cocktail in the world - the Manhattan.  More info
$13.97
Martini Extra Dry
(70cl, 15%)
Extra-dry vermouth - An Essential Ingredient for the Manhattan Cocktail, and of course for the Martini.  More info
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$13.97
A dry vermouth from the last independent producer in Chambéry. This region is the only one in France to have received an appellation d'origine contrôlée for its vermouths.

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$23.49
Byrrh Grand Quinquina
(75cl, 18%)
Grand Quinquina is a wine-based aperitif made by Byrrh, an old producer founded in 19th Century France. As the name suggests, it contains a fair amount of quinine, which adds bitterness to the sweet...  More info
$33.11
Lillet Rose
(70cl, 17%)
A Rose version of the classic vermouth Lillet. This is blended with red and white Grand Cru Bordeaux wines used to make Lillet Rouge and Lillet Blanc respectively. To this Peruvian quinine is added...  More info
$26.36
Bitter Truth Elixier
(50cl, 30%)
The Bitter Truth – Elixier is a digestive liqueur firmly rooted in the traditions of both classic sweet vermouths and alpine digestive tonics. Enjoy it in a Manhattan or Negroni or neat after a rich...  More info
$40.10
Cinzano Rosso
(75cl, 15%)
An amber-hued red vermouth from Cinzano, with a sweet, herbal flavour and a pleasingly bittersweet finish. This is great when served neat, or with a mixer…  More info
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$14.14
Lillet Rouge
(70cl, 17%)
Made from Red Wine, Herbs and Fruit - this vermouth-style aperitif is sweeter than many others, making it a superb choice for the Classic Martinez Cocktail, or great drunk neat, chilled, in a wine...  More info
$24.31
Lillet Rose 75cl
(75cl, 17%)
A 75cl bottle of Lillet Rose, the company's first new produced released for 50 years. Made with a mix of red and white wines alongside citrus and red berries for a very relaxed drink, perfect on a...  More info
$33.65
Produced by the Giulio Cocchi Spumanti company, this is a classic vermouth which was first produced in 1891. It is based on a recipe with Moscato wine, sourced from Asti, near Turin.  More info
$31.50
An antique bottle from French vermouth specialists, Noilly Prat, made in the 1960s. Fun fact! T. S. Eliot's cat was called Noilly Prat. Noilly Prat the cat. He was a poet and he didn't know...  More info
$241.80
Cinzano Extra Dry
(75cl, 15%)
This is a dry vermouth from Campari, perfect for all your cocktail needs!  More info
$13.94
Cocchi Barolo Chinato
(50cl, 16.50%)
Made with Barolo wine and infused with the bark of the Calissaja Quinine tree, rhubarb root and a well designed mix of herbs and spices, the Cocchi Barolo Chinato is a fabulous way to end a meal...  More info
$49.79
Martini Bianco
(75cl, 15%)
A medium dry vermouth from Martini. This is flavoured with white wine, Alpine herbs and vanilla and is slightly sweeter because of it. First released during the 1910s.  More info
$15.52
Gancia Bianco
(100cl, 15%)
Gancia Bianco is a white vermouth made using a quality wine base with a selection of alpine herbs. The result is a semi-dry vermouth ideal for all your martini needs!  More info
$24.85
Cinzano Bianco
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A full bodied sweet vermouth from Italy, Cinzano Bianco makes for a great aperitif and is often served with lemonade.  More info
$13.28
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