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Cocktail Maestro Norm Owen Gives us a Delicious Lesson in Vermouth

Station Blog2018-8-20By: Classical Staff

This past Saturday, Cocktail Maestro Norm Owen encouraged us to take a second look at vermouth. Most often used as a partner to stronger spirits, vermouth has a depth and complexity that earns it the right to take centre stage! Just pour into a glass with ice, at an orange twist if you like. If you feel adventurous, try it with an anchovy-stuffed olive – divine!

Good entry level vermouths: Dolin, Carpano Antica Formula. Also great to explore: any vermouth from Spain!

Vermouth cocktails you might try:

The Chrysanthemum
2 oz dry white vermouth

1 oz Benedictine
1 bar spoon of Absinthe

Stir in a mixing glass on ice, and strain into a couple. Garnish with a twist of lemon. Enjoy!

Note from Norm: Do refrigerate your vermouth. It is essentially wine, and will eventually go off, probably sooner than you can finish it! If possible, use a vacuum sealer such as Vacu-Vin.

The Vermouth Cocktail
2 oz good quality sweet (red vermouth)

.25 oz Cointreau
3 dashes Angostura bitters

Stir on ice, and strain into a coupe and savour!

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