One of the most important liqueur in bar cabinets, Vermouth is the important sidekick to many spirits in popular cocktail recipes. Martini, negroni, manhattan, and many more cocktails are just incomplete without vermouth.
Vermouth is a fortified aromatized wine which is then flavored with herbs and spices. It is said to have its origin in Italy in the 16th century produced for medicinal purposes. The name originated from the word “wormwood” called “wermut” in a German dialect, the main ingredient in the liqueur.
The new modern and commercially used vermouth can be traced back to the 18th-century city of Turin, Italy. It gained its popularity as an aperitif served round the clock in cafes of Turin. In the late 19th century, its popularity took a major leap as it was widely adopted by bartenders; who used in making cocktails that are still popular.
Join us as we will teach you a DIY vermouth recipe for your home bars.
Homemade Vermouth Recipe
- 750 ml White Wine
- 100 ml Brandy
- 40 ml Angostura bitters
- 2-3 gms of each Spice: Nutmeg, clove, saffron, star anise, cinnamon, whole pink peppercorns cardamom, and vanilla bean.
- 1 Full orange’s peel.
- 50-100 gms Sugar syrup
- Crush the spices in a pestle or with a rolling pin and keep it in a container.
- Simmer the wine with spices for 20 minutes and add the citrus and simmer again for the same time. Do not boil.
- Strain using cheesecloth or a very fine strain, cover, and let it cool down.
- Pour over the spirit, angostura bitter, honey, and give it a stir.
- Your homemade vermouth is ready, pour it in a bottle.
The best part of doing your own is that there is a huge scope to modify it with regards to your taste and choice. Here, you get to play around with your ingredients. Mix and match different herbs, go out of the box with it. For the 100 ml of spirit, you can use more than one type in different proportions as per your choice.
This is an opportunity to create your own style of vermouth with your secret recipe for enjoyable evening cocktails or to share it with your friends over the ice.
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