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We Tested 12 of the Best Vermouths For Your Bar Cart

Men's Health UK Logo By Millie West of Men's Health UK | Slide 1 of 13: A mainstay in classic cocktails like the martini and negroni, there’s been a real rise in demand for vermouth, as the fortified wine shed its dusty old-school skin and became a modish drink for the discerning drinker. You needn’t bring out the bar trolley for complicated concoctions; vermouth is just as delicious served straight-up over ice, or with your favourite tonic and a slice of citrus. The ultimate aperitivo, vermouth pairs well with tapas and snacks like croquetas, prosciutto and pecorino (one of the most protein-packed cheeses, FYI). Best Vermouth to Buy 2022Best red vermouth: Gonzales Byass Vermouth La Copa Rojo Best white vermouth: Lillet Blanc Best rosé vermouth: Belsazar Rose Vermouth Best English vermouth: Asterley Bros Estate English Vermouth Best for gifting: El Bandarra RojoBest for traditionalists: Hotel Starlino Rosso Italian Vermouth Best for sweet tooths: Sacred Spiced English Vermouth Best budget vermouth: Tesco Vermouth Rosso Best for wet martinis: Noilly Prat Original DryBest sustainability credentials: Discarded Sweet Cascara Vermouth Best vermouth for negronis: London Vermouth Company No.2 Camille Red Vermouth Best for beginners: Cocchi Vermouth di Torino What is Vermouth?Vermouth is a fortified, aromatised wine flavoured with various botanicals, that commonly include wormwood, liquorice, citrus, orris root, ginger, clove, star anise, vanilla and cardamom. Though a wide variety are used.There are two dominant styles: white (or bianco) – which is dry, floral, and popular in martinis – or sweet red (rosso), which has a more pronounced herbal quality and works well in a negroni. With that said, many vermouths don’t quite fit this mould, and there are plenty of new, exciting styles, including golden (d’Oro) and rosé (rosato), well worth exploring. How Alcoholic Is Vermouth?As it is fortified with additional alcohol (usually grape brandy), vermouth tends to be slightly higher in alcohol than unfortified wines, typically sitting around 15 to 18% ABV. Though lengthening it with soda or tonic will give you a lighter (but no less delicious) aperitivo. How We TestOur panel of 10 WSET-trained experts and consumers sampled 20 white, red and rosé varieties from the leading supermarkets and brands to find the best vermouths to drink right now. They were looking for quality bottles that offered a balanced array of botanicals and, ultimately, tasted delicious. These were their top 12 picks, starting from as little as £5.75 a bottle. We’ll drink to that.

A mainstay in classic cocktails like the martini and negroni, there’s been a real rise in demand for vermouth, as the fortified wine shed its dusty old-school skin and became a modish drink for the discerning drinker.

You needn’t bring out the bar trolley for complicated concoctions; vermouth is just as delicious served straight-up over ice, or with your favourite tonic and a slice of citrus. The ultimate aperitivo, vermouth pairs well with tapas and snacks like croquetas, prosciutto and pecorino (one of the most protein-packed cheeses, FYI).

Best Vermouth to Buy 2022

What is Vermouth?

Vermouth is a fortified, aromatised wine flavoured with various botanicals, that commonly include wormwood, liquorice, citrus, orris root, ginger, clove, star anise, vanilla and cardamom. Though a wide variety are used.

There are two dominant styles: white (or bianco) – which is dry, floral, and popular in martinis – or sweet red (rosso), which has a more pronounced herbal quality and works well in a negroni. With that said, many vermouths don’t quite fit this mould, and there are plenty of new, exciting styles, including golden (d’Oro) and rosé (rosato), well worth exploring.

How Alcoholic Is Vermouth?

As it is fortified with additional alcohol (usually grape brandy), vermouth tends to be slightly higher in alcohol than unfortified wines, typically sitting around 15 to 18% ABV. Though lengthening it with soda or tonic will give you a lighter (but no less delicious) aperitivo.

How We Test

Our panel of 10 WSET-trained experts and consumers sampled 20 white, red and rosé varieties from the leading supermarkets and brands to find the best vermouths to drink right now.

They were looking for quality bottles that offered a balanced array of botanicals and, ultimately, tasted delicious. These were their top 12 picks, starting from as little as £5.75 a bottle. We’ll drink to that.

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