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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
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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
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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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$14.42
Punt E Mes
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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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$18.72
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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A white wine based vermouth, made with two wines which are matured separately for a year before a secret selection of herbs and spices are macerated for three weeks, then carefully extracted...  More info
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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
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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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Martini Rosso
(75cl, 15%)
Red Vermouth - an essential ingredient in arguably the best cocktail in the world - the Manhattan.  More info
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Martini Gran Lusso
(100cl, 16%)
A special single batch vermouth produced to mark the Martini's 150th anniversary, only 150,000 bottles are available worldwide.

Gran Lusso - Italian for 'grand luxury' - is made with Barbera red...  More info
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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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Byrrh Grand Quinquina
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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
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Dry Italian vermouth from Torino. Riserva Carlo Alberto is named after King Carlo Alberto, whom was said to have originally come up with the recipe in the 1800s. This extra dry white vermouth has a...  More info
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Martini Extra Dry
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Extra-dry vermouth - An Essential Ingredient for the Manhattan Cocktail, and of course for the Martini.  More info
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$14.14
Cocchi Barolo Chinato
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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
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Lillet Rose
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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
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Lillet Rouge
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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
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Red vermouth from Torino, Italy, named after Riserva Carlo Alberto who was said to have come up with the original recipe. It is made with 27 different botanicals and makes a very nice aperitif.  More info
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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
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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
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This vermouth dates from the 1970s and was produced by Martini & Rossi. The 75cl bottle reads, "Not less than 30 per cent proof spirit".  More info
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