ver·​mouth | \vər-ˈmüth \

Definition of vermouth 

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

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The cocktails run the gamut from gin to vermouth and back again. New York Times, "Farm-to-Table in the Shadow of Downtown Detroit," 29 May 2018 In my experience, a Mexican Martini is just a double margarita with olive brine and vermouth, served in a martini glass with a toothpick full of olives. Paula Forbes, GQ, "A Mexican Martini Is the Cocktail You Need to Get You Through to Summer," 21 Mar. 2018 Alongside the tequila, the snap pea shrub is combined with earthy Salers Gentiane Liqueur and vermouth, and finished with a heavy splash of prosecco. Grace Dickinson,, "Garden-inspired cocktails bring veggies from the kitchen to the bar," 20 June 2018 Racusin gives a go-to classic extra depth by infusing Campari with fresh raspberries (one clamshell of raspberries per liter of Campari) for two weeks before mixing it with Punt e Mes, an Italian vermouth, and some dry sparkling wine. Natalie B. Compton, GQ, "Three New Spritzes For Your Summer Day Drinking Needs," 2 June 2018 Other luxury goods that have made it to North Korea: sparkling wine and spirits from Germany, wine and vermouth from Italy, and perfume and cosmetics from Bulgaria. Motoko Rich, New York Times, "Wine and Diamonds: How North Korea Dodges Sanctions," 16 Mar. 2018 Each component counts, making drinks like the Palmetto (rum, sweet vermouth and orange bitters) and Cosmonaut (gin, lemon juice and raspberry preserves) unique from their respective Manhattan and Cosmopolitan forebears. Anne Brockhoff, kansascity, "Simple and delicious cocktails you can make at home | The Kansas City Star," 20 Feb. 2018 Shake together with ice equal parts single-malt Scotch, Cherry Heering, sweet vermouth and orange juice., "8 Oscar-inspired cocktails to enjoy while watching the Academy Awards," 6 Mar. 2018 Italian-focused beverage program with low-ABV spritzes, vermouths and post-dinner amari and grappa; extensive Italian wine list augmented by small selection of French champagnes. Mark Kurlyandchik, Detroit Free Press, "SheWolf is Michigan's only restaurant milling its own flour," 27 June 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of vermouth

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

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