DIY vs. Buy: What? You can make your own sweet vermouth

It never occurred to me before that making your own vermouth was even possible. I played around with some herbs and spices, and came up with a sweet vermouth that I really liked.

Sweet vermouth plays a supporting role in so many cocktails that it’s easy to take for granted. It brings out the nuanced flavors of a bold spirit, so it pairs well with both whiskey and gin, supporting the star player in a wide variety of cocktails. But a simple glass of sweet vermouth has a delicate balance of rich, spicy, sweet, and bitter flavors that can also be delicious on its own.

DIY vs. Buy: Should I Make My Own Sweet Vermouth? on Serious Eats

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