Dry Vermouth is great in a martini, and good on ice or with fizzy, but then what?
The dry vermouth cocktail options aren't limited to clear spirits. A great classic dark spirit cocktail to modify is a Manhattan - the warm whiskey notes still shine through, but the lovely botanical notes inherent to dry vermouth give the cocktail a fresh twist.
By subbing dry vermouth for sweet vermouth and adding a little flavored simple syrup you can maintain the same spirit to sweetness balance in a classic Manhattan, while adding in new fun flavors. One of our favorite flavored simples is Raft Syrup’s Smoked Tea Vanilla which adds woody-herbal and vanilla flavors, notes that complement any whiskey.
When adding bitters to a cocktail we like to decide if we want to enhance existing flavors in the drink or complement with a different flavor. In this case, we are going with enhancing with Dr. Adams Teapot Bitters which helps pull things together and amplify the tea flavors.
Also, if you ever need inspiration for flavor pairings, check out the Flavor Bible, our go to guide when we want to get creative behind the bar.
Pick Your Flavor Manhattan
- 2 oz Whiskey
- 1 oz Dry Vermouth
- 1/2 oz Flavored Syrup
- 1-2 dashes bitters
- Stir with ice, strain and enjoy!
By day CJ Best is engineering power solutions, by night he is engineering tiki cocktails and tinkering with modern classics, by Saturdays he is sharing his drink knowledge in-store.