Vermouth Cocktails

A handful of easygoing drinks that are low in alcohol but high in flavor.

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  • Updated: Apr 27, 2016

Vermouth, that delicious fortified wine you’ll find in Martinis and Manhattans, is perfect for sipping on its own. Just pour some over ice, add a lemon twist and find a spot of sunshine. But there are several great cocktails—both classic and modern—that really showcase this easy-drinking aperitif.

Here’s a collection of some favorites.

  • Campari, Sweet Vermouth, Orange peel, Club Soda
    The Americano cocktail originated at Gaspare Campari's bar in Milan, Italy in the 1860s, and likely gained its name because of its popularity amongst American tourists. It's made with Campari, sweet vermouth, and differs from the slightly older Milano-Torino only in the addition of soda water. James Bond ordered one in the short stor…
  • Gin, Campari, Sweet Vermouth
    The Negroni is a classic cocktail featuring Campari front-and-center, along with equal parts gin and sweet vermouth, resulting in a spirit-forward drink with a strongly bitter profile. It's typically either built in an Old-Fashioned glass on the rocks, or stirred and served up in a cocktail or coupe glass. A London dry gin typically balances the other flavor…
  • Dry Vermouth, Gin, Anis, Bitters, Orange peel
  • Fernet-Branca, Italian vermouth, dry gin
    The Hanky Panky cocktail is a variation on the sweet martini and was invented in London by Ada Coleman. It is spirit-forward and has a slightly bitter flavor.
  • gin, rosso vermouth, dry vermouth, orange juice, Angostura bitters
  • Rum, Vermouth, Absinthe
    This light, refreshing twist on the Quill takes its cues from the Americano and Negroni Spagliato. A little absinthe is excellent with bubbly. I like to make this with Cocchi Rosa, but you can also substitute sweet vermouth. Credit: Nick Caruna
  • Martini Rosso sweet vermouth, Campari, Orange twist
    An Italian classic and predecessor to the Negroni, featuring Martini Rosso sweet vermouth and Campari.
  • Sweet vermouth, Averna amaro, cold-brew coffee, simple syrup, club soda, orange twist
    The Siciliano cocktail is a delicious cold-brew coffee drink that bucks the trend of coffee cocktails needing to be served hot. It's a fairly low-alcohol cocktail, made with just a few ounces of sweet Italian vermouth and Averna amaro, and combined with the kick of some good coffee this is a great way to either ease into your night or finish off a nice dinne…
  • Oloroso Sherry, Sweet Vermouth, Bitters

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