Some like it red and some like it white

Whether it’s red or white, Italian vermouth is one of the most versatile cocktail ingredients. Red vermouth makes us think of passion and energy, while white vermouth is perfect for the cool elegance of a refined get-together.  No matter what your personality or taste, we’ve gathered the cocktail recipes that will make you fall in love with this Italian spirit.

 

campari-negroni

Pouring a Negroni | Image Franz Conde

 

Red vermouth cocktail recipes

Americano  

Because of its ingredients, Campari from Milan and Cinzano vermouth from Turin, the original name of this drink was Milano-Torino. When the Italians noticed that Americans went crazy for this cocktail, it soon became known as the Americano in tribute to its popularity.

 

Americano

Americano

 

Ingredients:

1 part bitter Campari

1 part red vermouth

1 part soda

Build in an Old Fashioned glass with ice. Garnish with a slice of orange.

 

Negroni

Negroni was invented in 1919 at Caffè Casoni in Florence. Count Camillo Negroni asked the bartender to reinvent his favorite cocktail Americano with a stronger character.  The bartender replaced the Americano’s soda water with gin and, in order to give the new cocktail a distinct look, replaced the typical twist of lemon with a garnish of orange.

 

Negroni

Negroni

 

Ingredients:

1 part gin

1 part sweet red vermouth

1 part bitter Campari

Stir in glass over ice,  garnish with orange and serve.

Bijou

As beautiful as a jewel, the Bijou cocktail first appears in a 19th century drink manual by Harry Johnson. The Bijou, which means jewel in French, is built from three jewel-colored spirits: gin as a clear as a diamond, ruby red sweet vermouth and emerald-tinged chartreuse.

 

Bijou |

Bijou | Image Mobil’homme

 

Ingredients:

1 part gin

1 part sweet red vermouth

1 part Chartreuse

1 dash orange bitters

Stir into glass over ice.  Strain into a chilled cocktail glass, garnish with orange and serve

White Vermouth recipes

 

Bronx

This cocktail’s name doesn’t come from the legendary New York City borough, but from the Bronx Zoo.  Another historic drink from the turn of the century, the Bronx is a perfect Martini enlivened with a dose of orange juice.

 

Bronx | Image Stewart Webster

Bronx | Image Stewart Webster

 

 

Ingredients:

6 parts gin

3 parts sweet red vermouth

2 parts dry vermouth

3 parts orange juice

Shake all ingredients well with ice. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

 

Bloodhound

A lot more sleuthing needs to be done to know exactly where the Bloodhound came from, although there are traces and stories of it from the start of the 20th century.  The perfect summer cocktail, the Bloodhound combines the sweetness of muddled strawberries with gin and two kinds of vermouth.

 

Bloodhound

Bloodhound

 

Ingredients:

2 parts gin

1 part dry vermouth

1 part sweet vermouth

crushed strawberries

Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Decorate with the 3 crushed strawberries and serve.

 

Manhattan

Another cocktail with an uncertain past, the Manhattan appeared in the 19th century and quickly became a classic vermouth drink.

 

Manhattan | Image

Manhattan | Image Star5112

 

Ingredients:

1 part vermouth

2 parts whiskey

a dash of bitters

Mix all ingredients and strain them in a chilled cocktail glass. Add ice and a cherry garnish and serve.

 

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