For those of you who may not know, vermouths are fortified wines which are flavoured with various botanicals such as herbs and spices. (Fun fact - the word vermouth actually comes from the German word for wormwood, wermut, which was historically used as one of the botanicals.) Starting with either a white or red wine base, vermouths are typically categorised as either sweet or dry. Whilst they can be sipped on their own or simply mixed with soda, vermouths are a staple on bartenders' shelves and are frequently used to make a whole range of cocktails, including Manhattans, Negronis, Martinis and Gibsons.
Here at the Cotswolds Distillery, we've teamed up with nearby Woodchester Valley Vineyard to make our very own Cotswolds Vermouth. We've taken a blend of Seyval and Pinot Blanc wines to which we've added a combination of select botanicals, resulting in a beautiful sweet vermouth with notes of bitter orange peel, sweet blackcurrant and fresh herbal aromas. Our Cotswolds Vermouth pairs perfectly with our Cotswolds Single Malt Whisky and Cotswolds Dry Gin, so depending on what you've got to hand at home, why not try making a classic Manhattan or a Negroni!
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The cocktail is complex and moreish with honeyed malt at the heart, a rich caramelised bitterness and sweet botanical spice - it's sweetly perfect!
Place all of the ingredients into an ice-filled cocktail jar, stir and strain into a chilled Martini glass. Garnish with a maraschino cherry.
A bittersweet classic. This is a straight up, no fuss mix of our Cotswolds Vermouth, bittersweet Campari and our fresh Cotswolds Dry Gin.