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New vermouths are crafted to go solo, mix well and stir memories
New vermouths are crafted to go solo, mix well and stir memories

Sour and gooey. Sweet and syrupy. Yech! Just a few of the comments heard when I mentioned vermouth. The old-school aperitif and mixer of brandy-fortified wine steeped in myriad botanicals elicits strong — and often wrong-headed — opinions. There's a big difference between your grandfather's dusty vermouth and the edgy new generation from artisan producers. The new vermouth is the American riff on traditional European vermouth. In Europe, vermouth is often enjoyed as an aperitif on its own. Here, it's been used more as an element in classic cocktails. And that's where the latest chapter of vermouth begins. Mixologists who have embraced small-batch bourbon...

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