ver·​mouth | \ vər-ˈmüth How to pronounce vermouth (audio) \

Definition of vermouth

: a dry or sweet aperitif wine flavored with aromatic herbs and often used in mixed drinks

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The white Negroni originated in France in 2001 when English bartender Wayne Collins did not have red vermouth or Campari on hand. Lauren Mechling, WSJ, "An Aperitivo-Fueled Adventure Among Brooklyn’s Sauna Set," 18 June 2019 The Press Room Red Campari and the yellow Italian herbal liqueur Strega blend together along with gin, mezcal and vermouth in the West Loop wine bar's Orange Negroni. Samantha Nelson,, "12 Chicago spots to get your Negroni on this week," 4 June 2018 For the uninitiated, a classic Negroni is basically a strong mix of equal parts gin, sweet vermouth, and an Italian bitter aperitivo (traditionally Campari). Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "Approaching Its 100th Birthday, The Negroni is Having a Comeback," 28 June 2019 Celebrating its 100th birthday this year, the negroni (a personal favorite of Jackie O) is here to wake up your tastebuds with its blend of gin, vermouth, and the Italian bitter liquor Campari. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "What Is the Official Summer Drink of 2019?," 21 June 2019 Pour 2 ounces red vermouth, ½ ounce citric syrup or Sprite Zero, and 1 ounce gin (optional) into a rocks glass. Jonah Miller, WSJ, "Throw a Summer Party the Effortless Spanish Way," 6 July 2018 There are house cocktails with evocative names — Holiday in Brittany (vodka, strawberry, and Lillet), Dunhill (gin, sherry, and vermouth) — as well as classics such as Manhattans and Negronis. Devra First,, "Your 20-ounce prime chateaubriand is ready for its closeup," 7 June 2018 This human riffed on a manhattan and named it a confused human, a dry and malty brew: Jack Daniel’s, Cinzano sweet vermouth, lemonade, cherry syrup and a lemon slice immaculately sectioned by the robot. WSJ, "Robot Restaurants: The Good Versus the Gimmicks," 3 Oct. 2018 London dry gin • 1 dash orange bitters • 1 lemon twist Directions Pour vermouth, gin, and bitters into a cocktail shaker or mixing glass, add eight ice cubes, and stir with a cocktail spoon. Daniel Boulud, ELLE Decor, "Martini Recipe," 26 Apr. 2011

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First Known Use of vermouth

1806, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for vermouth

borrowed from French vermout, vermouth & Italian vermut, vermutte, both borrowed from German Wermut, short for Wermutwein, from Wermut "wormwood" (going back to Old High German wermuota, werimuota) + Wein wine entry 1 — more at wormwood

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: a type of wine that is flavored with herbs and spices and often mixed with other alcoholic drinks

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