This fortified, aperitif wine, infused with aromatic herbs and spices, is the catalyst that transforms gin or vodka into a Martini or a Manhattan. Originating as a medicinal potion in southern Europe in the seventeenth century, vermouth shares much in common with herbal liqueurs, especially bittersweet Italian amaro. In Europe, both are traditionally served as aperitifs, chilled or on the rocks, to stimulate digestion; in the United States, both are celebrated as essential ingredients for the mixologist. Store your vermouth in the refrigerator for longer use.
These terms commonly appear on vermouth labels. For more information, please ask the staff at your Virginia ABC store.
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