What is Dry Vermouth?
Dry Vermouth is a type of flavored wine that is associated with France. To make Vermouth wine producers will fortify wine with grape brandy to increase the alcohol level to at least 16%. Vermouth was originally created using herbs that were considered to have healing properties. They included wormwood, nutmeg, juniper, and cinnamon. Wormwood, which is also used in absinthe, is what gives Vermouth is distinctive flavor. Another type of Vermouth is sweet Vermouth, which is associated with Italy. You can find Vermouth for sale all over the world in many different forms.
Flavoring wine is an ancient concept that has been used since the time of the Greeks. They would flavor their white wine with resin from pine trees to give it different flavor. Today you can find a spirit called Retsina, which is popular with the Greeks who like the flavor of turpentine. Before there were ways of preserving wine, adding brandy to the wine was the method that was used to make sure it did not spoil.
The most popular cocktail that vermouth is an ingredient in is the Martini. Also, the most popular brand of dry Vermouth is the Italian Martini & Rossi, which is where the name of the cocktail originated from. Vermouth is popular in Europe and other parts of the world, other than the US and the United Kingdom, as an aperitif. Most people are used to being served a martini that includes mainly gin or vodka, but in other parts of the world a martini consists mostly of Martini & Rossi Vermouth.
You will find a few different types of vermouth that are available in liquor stores. Dry vermouth is what is used in Martinis and sweet white vermouth is popular as an aperitif. There is also a type of sweet vermouth that is red, but it is less sweet than the white version and is mostly used as a mixer. Dry Vermouth will have at least 18% alcohol and less than 7% residual sugar, while sweet Vermouth