Technically, vermouth isn't a spirit but a fortified wine—a flavored, aromatized wine that's had its ABV boosted with some kind of neutral alcohol (e.g. clear grape brandy) and been flavored with a variety of herbs, botanicals, and spices.
"I enjoy vermouth on a king cube with some type of citrus twist—orange twists tend to complement the darker vermouths better, and lemon complements the lighter vermouths." Vermouth can also be served neat in a chilled glass or over frozen grapes (like the vermouth service at New York's Caffe Dante).
Vermouth is a fortified and aromatized wine. Essentially wine spiked with brandy, infused with herbs, spices, and botanicals, and sweetened. Historically there were two main varieties of vermouth: sweet or red (or rosso) vermouth, which originally hails from Italy, and dry vermouth, which first appeared in France.
Vermouth is fortified with additional alcohol (usually grape brandy), meaning they're higher proof than most wines, but nevertheless they are still moderately low-proof, about 15–18% alcohol by volume. Stir them over ice and top them with soda, and your drink clocks in at about 8 or 10% alcohol.
Vermouth is a type of wine that's flavored with botanicals, and can make a martini "dry" or "sweet." A modern martini usually calls for a splash of dry vermouth, which is known for its more bitter and less-sugary taste.
Sweet vermouth is subtly sweet and spicy, with a hint of bitter on the finish. The most popular sweet vermouth cocktails are the Negroni, Americano, and Manhattan. Dry vermouth has a crisp tart flavor, essentially like a dry white wine.
The most famous vermouth is unquestionably Martini, which shares its name with a celebrated gin-based cocktail. However, there is some doubt as to whether it was named after the brand or its founder.
Vermouth is a fortified white wine that is mildly aromatized with a variety of “botanicals,” such as herbs, spices, and fruits.
"Dirty" simply refers to the addition of olive juice or brine. It's a classic cocktail that is very easy to mix up and one of the most popular variations on the original gin martini. You can make this drink as dirty as you like by pouring the olive juice to suit your taste.
Fittingly enough, the opposite of a dry Martini is a wet Martini. This mode of preparation has fallen out of fashion in recent years, but there's no shame in ordering it. 'Wet' simply means that there's a higher percentage of vermouth, with a typical ratio being 3 parts gin to 1 part vermouth.
Neat drinks are about two ounces, not chilled, there are no extra ingredients (even ice) and no, you can't order an Irish Car Bomb neat. Brandy and whiskey are the most popular spirits to drink neat. High-quality spirits of any kind are commonly enjoyed neat as well.
Cointreau is made with a mix of bitter and sweet oranges and distilled twice. It has a bright, crisp, and clean orange flavor and is not typically aged. Grand Marnier, which is made with only one type of bitter orange, includes cognac. Its flavor is sweeter, more intense, and oakier than Cointreau.
Fill a rocks glass with ice. Pour in two shots of vodka and three shots of Kahlúa. Top off with milk. Stir and serve.
Technically, opened Kahlua still doesn't require refrigeration. However, if you use it fairly frequently, like a drink or two every weekend, it's probably best to keep it in the fridge. This way you don't need to remember to chill it before serving each time.
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