Sweet Vermouths Comparison and Cocktails

Dubonnet Rouge ***

A French aperitif from the south of France which is flavoured with herbs, spices and quinine and is aged in oak for three years.

“Cherry, mint and walnut aromas, with notes of lemon zest, cardamom and toffee finishes fairly sweet, with lemon and herb notes.”
With its rich ruby colour, spicy aroma, and refreshing flavours, Dubonnet embodies the best of the aperitif cocktail.
Cocktails:  Dubonnet Cocktail, Boulevardier 1934, Bloody Betty


Carpano Antica Formula Vermouth*****

This is excellent Italian red vermouth firstly invented in 1786 in Turin.

Round and full, although its most predominant tasting note of vanilla bouquet, matched by notes of spices and dried fruits such as star anise, orange peel and dates 16.5% ABV.

Carpano Antica Formula can be enjoyed cold as an aperitif or with combination of other drinks after a meal. It makes a great ingredient in a cocktails. It was originally used to make The Martinez and takes part in a famous Antica Formula Manhattan(The Perfect), HaberdasherBitter Giuseppe and Antique Sour .


Punt e Mes****

Made by the Carpano family from 1870 until 2001 (when it was purchased by Fratelli Branca), Punt e Mes is darker, richer, and slightly more bitter than sweet vermouths. Punt e Mes meaning “point and a half” which can refer to the taste point sweet and half bitter.
Punt e Mes has a golden orange colour with topaz tones and aromas reminiscent of herbs, with hints of quinea, toffee and cloves. Pleasantly soft in taste, marked by captivating accents of zesty orange (16% ABV).
Excellent served straight with orange peel and splash of soda(tonic) water or as addition to cocktails such as The Slope or Carroll Gardens.


Cocchi Vermouth di Torino****


For celebration of the 120th anniversary the company resumed production of original 1891 recipe for vermouth di Torino.

The flavour profile is unmistakably of Cocchi, with rich and vibrant notes of sweet orange, spearmint, wintergreen, gentian, allspice, clove, marzipan, cocoa, rhubarb, and a balanced bitter undertone (16% ABV).

Cocchi Vermouth di Torino can be served on ice with lemon peel or enjoyed in a cocktails such as Americano, Diplomat.


Lillet Rouge***

A splendid red aperitif hailing from the Bordeaux region of France. Makes a refreshing aperitif with a smooth, fruity taste.

Assertive bouquet of freshly picked grapes, black cherries, black raspberries, apricots and pepper. Finishes short, mildly fruity and ripe (17% ABV).
Lillet Rouge can be served on ice with slice of orange or addition to cocktails.


Dolin Rouge Vermouth***

Infused with with 35 botanicals and lightly sweetened on an Ugni Blanc wine base.

Perfectly balanced, bitter-sweet sarsaparilla, herbaceous, citrus zest, prune/ stewed fruit, quinine and cigar tobacco palate with light spice. Such a light, sweet finish gives it slightly similar feel as a bianco style (16% ABV).

Best served on ice with citrus twist or in cocktails: Rhum Dandy Shim


Martini Rosso Vermouth****

The Most widely used brand of sweet vermouth with original recipe developed in 1860s.

It has good intensity. Elegant with distinct dry straw, rich honey and bitter herbal notes to the nose. Flavour leads with a distinctive bitter-sweet character well-balanced with soft spices (rosemary, fennel leaves and dry fig and meadow notes, leading to an assertively crisp and bitter finish (15% ABV).

Martini Rosso can be enjoyed in a classic cocktails such as Boulevardier or Hanky Panky.

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