Classic Vermouth Cocktail

Difford's Guide
Discerning Drinkers (5 ratings)

Serve in a

Nick & Nora glass

Garnish:

Lemon zest twist

How to make:

STIR all ingredients with ice and strain into chilled glass.

2 fl oz Vermouth di Torino Rosso
1/12 fl oz Luxardo Maraschino liqueur
1/12 fl oz Gomme syrup
2 dash Boker's bitters
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Review:

As the name promises, this cocktail is all about the vermouth, with the addition of maraschino liqueur and bitters delicately modifying, so their influence is far from obvious. And don't be deceived into thinking the touch of gomme syrup makes this cocktail sweet; it merely contributes mouthfeel to this pleasing aperitivo.

History:

The Vermouth Cocktail first appears in Harry Johnson's 1888 New & Improved Bartender's Manual and, notably, also features in Harry Craddock's 1930 The Savoy Cocktail Book but with a much-simplified recipe.

102. VERMOUTH COCKTAIL.
(Use a large bar glass.)
¾ glass of shaved ice ;
4 or 5 dashes of gum ;
2 or 3 dashes of Bitters (Boker's genuine only) ;
1 wine glass Vermouth ;
2 dashes of Maraschino ;
Stir up well with a spoon ; strain it into a cocktail glass, twist a piece of lemon peel on top, and serve.

Harry Johnson, 1888

VERMOUTH COCKTAIL.
1 Glass Italian or French Vermouth.
4 Dashes Orange or 1 Dash Angostura Bitters.
Stir well and strain into cocktail glass

Harry Craddock, 1930

Nutrition:

One serving of Classic Vermouth Cocktail contains 97 calories.

Alcohol content:

  • 0.1 standard drinks
  • 1.26% alc./vol. (2.52° proof)
  • 0.8 grams of pure alcohol
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