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Old 12-24-2012, 05:30 PM   #1
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Default Anybody Like Vermouth?

I figure I'm an odd man in modern society for this, but I like vermouth the way it was intended to be consumed - either chilled straight or on ice. So far Cinzano (rosso) and Noilly Prat (original French dry) are my primary choices, though Martini & Rossi (rosso) gets a lot of attention from me, a lot of times because of its wide availability. I haven't gotten a hold of any Carpano Punt e Mes, Carpano Antica Formula, Dolin or Cocchi yet because of their prices and availability.

Anybody else a weirdo like me who likes vermouth?
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Old 12-24-2012, 06:02 PM   #2
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Anybody else a weirdo like me who likes vermouth?
In Martinis, yes. Straight, eh, not bad, but not my drink of choice.
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Old 12-25-2012, 04:47 AM   #3
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Default Re: Anybody Like Vermouth?

Probably use more of it in my martinis than a lot of people ... at least 1:3. I've become a big fan of Lillet.
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Old 12-25-2012, 09:21 AM   #4
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I don't think Lillet is a vermouth. IIRC, it's technically a desert wine that can be substituted for sweet vermouth.
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Old 12-25-2012, 02:00 PM   #5
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I don't think Lillet is a vermouth. IIRC, it's technically a desert wine that can be substituted for sweet vermouth.
I believe Lillet is a quinquina, and barely one at that. Contains less herbs and quinine than Dubonnet, and Dubonnet is one of the subtlest quinquinas.

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I believe Lillet is a quinquina, and barely one at that. Contains less herbs and quinine than Dubonnet, and Dubonnet is one of the subtlest quinquinas.
Ok, that makes sense.
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I don't think Lillet is a vermouth. IIRC, it's technically a desert wine that can be substituted for sweet vermouth.
Sweet? The white may have a very slight sweet quality. I'm substituting it for dry vermouth and it absolutely MAKES a martini.
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Old 12-25-2012, 05:36 PM   #8
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Sweet? The white may have a very slight sweet quality. I'm substituting it for dry vermouth and it absolutely MAKES a martini.

I recall Lillet being somewhat sweet, but that was years ago. Maybe they changed the formula?

I don't disagree that it can go well in a martini, but that's really a matter of personal preference more than anything else.
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Sweet? The white may have a very slight sweet quality. I'm substituting it for dry vermouth and it absolutely MAKES a martini.
I'm open to anything, so I'll have to order a martini with Lillet in place of vermouth just to see. Maybe I'll be converted like yourself. When you say "The white," I'll assume you mean the original. I have a new drink order to fulfill!
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When you say "The white," I'll assume you mean the original.
It's the Blanc. Let us know what you think.
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Old 12-26-2012, 05:15 AM   #11
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My mother in law has been drinking the stuff for years.
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Old 12-26-2012, 06:19 AM   #12
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I use it de-glaze when cooking or to add to a stock.
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