I always forget which classic Lemon/Lime and Gin cocktails are which, so I made a handy guide. Obviously, there is Gin in all of these as well (and the squeeze bottle indicates simple syrup). However, most of these could use vodka as well.
My experience thus far with Vermouth is a poorly made Martini and a poorly made Manhattan, so I wasn’t surprised that I wasn’t too excited about writing a post about it. But, bear with me, and you’ll find that Vermouth is better than you think. Way better.
A good friend of mine suggested it would make a good post and got me started with some great information, so I bought a bottle of sweet/red and dry Vermouth. After playing around with it in a few drinks, I ended up drinking it neat, and now love it. I doubt most people would enjoy it neat, but this is always a great way to really understand your cocktail ingredients and what flavor they impart.
First, let’s talk about what vermouth is. Vermouth is an aromatized and fortified wine. That basically means that it’s wine with brandy and botanicals (herbs, spices, roots, bark) added. That leads us to the first thing I, and probably most people, didn’t understand. Unlike the rest of your liquor cabinet, these guys spoil just like wine. Because of the higher alcohol content, it might take a little longer than wine, but it will still definitely spoil.
Second, Vermouth is a pretty cool drink that has been a staple aperitif for forever. However, it’s pretty unappreciated in America, and has been for a long time. Not really sure why, but I can definitely support this. I’ve only had it once or twice as a secondary ingredient, and I’d be willing to bet most people are the same way.
Third, there are a bunch of different varieties that you can somewhat connected across makers, but Red/Sweet and Dry are what are most commonly available. For this post, I’ll concentrate on the Red/Sweet.
Now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s drink it!
Earlier in the post we talked about how Vermouth spoils after opening, so let’s taste test how.
Not knowing this, I of course had a bottle of Sweet Vermouth open in my liquor cabinet for months, which makes for a perfect comparison. We tried both the brand-new and the old and opened Vermouth neat.
The brand-new Vermouth was sweet, bright, and had a nice herb smell and aftertaste, like having a glass of Italian Red Wine and one of those little rosemary breadstick things the have in Italian restaurants (kind of brought me back to Italy, actually). Now that I know that, I’ll enjoy it frequently neat or on the rocks.
The old Vermouth was probably not old enough to have a off odor or taste, but it will if left unconsumed long enough. Instead, it wasn’t that bad, it just wasn’t that good. It had lost all the best parts of the brand-new Vermouth, and had gotten fairly boring.
The best advise I was given here is to only buy the little (375 mL) bottle unless you know you’ll go through more quickly. Also, be aware that you may get bad Vermouth at a bar or restaurant if they’re not going through it quickly.
Some really good additional information can be found here: vermouth101.com
My local grocery store has blood oranges, so here’s a blood orange cocktail recipe to celebrate:
We tried it with both Vodka and Gin, and prefered it with Gin. It might be fun to try with a dark Rum as well, be we ran out of oranges. See our previous post taste testing Triple Sec versus Cointreau, and use Triple Sec for a sweeter drink or Cointreau for a cleaner, stronger drink.
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I am always seeking out new and interesting things to watch on Netflix. Sometimes it seems like their selection is so big it’s impossible to choose something you like so I thought I’d give you a glimpse of what we have watched recently and recommend to add to your Netflix watch list.
TV Series, Drama
I know I am super late to this game, but I started from the beginning and have been loving this series.
TV Series, Historical Crime Drama
This series is so good, but beware there are only two seasons so far. Also, you may have to turn on the subtitles during some points because the accent gets really thick.
Enjoyable comedy for both sexes. Great movie for a Friday night in.
I know, you’re skeptical, but you must try it.
This is a really cool narration and animation of a children’s book. It is narrated with the most soothing voice ever and is great for talking about imagination. If you like it try The Gruffalo’s Child also.
What have you watched recently on Netflix that you would recommend? What is on your Netflix watch list?
In March I will be traveling with my two toddlers. Alone. Enter my comprehensive list of what to pack in your carry-on when traveling with toddlers.
Make them carry their own water and snacks. They will love it and it will free up some space in your carry-on.
At under $5 for a set of two, if you don’t have these already, buy them now and thank me later. They are awesome at home or on the go.
These are great for toddlers who no longer nurse. The sucking motion helps their ears adjust to the altitude changes.
We love these at our house. Each kid has one and they are perfect for travel because they don’t leak.
This little kit is so cute and way cheap (under $6). My daughter loves it and plays with all the time even at home.
The perfect coloring travel book that works by filling the pen with water. *Fill once you are through security if you are traveling by air.
These bluetooth headphones are awesome and perfect for busybody kids who wiggle a lot.
Keep their hands busy with PlayDoh. It’s cheap and takes up very little of your valuable travel space.
Yeah, what can I even say, iPads are awesome. Even better when the kids are entertained for a significant amount of time.