Vermouths are an important part of cocktail preparation, but some of them can be quite pricey. However, there are some great options that fit every single budget, check them out!
There are different types of vermouth and they serve different purposes. Let's take a look at the most budget-friendly options in each category.
Best affordable Dry Vermouths
Martini & Rossi extra dry
Martini, a true classic, is originally made in Torino, Italy. Their dry vermouth has that unique aroma, but it is very fresh and smooth, and bright on the palate. You can use it as an ingredient for different cocktails or you can enjoy it as Europeans do: on its own, chilled, as an afternoon drink.
Noilly Prat Extra Dry
Unlike Martini, Noilly is more restrained on the nose and more fruity on the palate. Vermouth is usually made from neutral wines, but Noilly has a distinct presence in the final product.
Dolin Vermouth de Chambéry Dry
This is a bit more expensive than the other two but still affordable. Dolin is, also, probably the driest of the lot, with an intriguing aroma and hints of citrus. Perfect for warm nights!
Best affordable Sweet Vermouths
Dolin Vermouth de Chambéry Rouge
Perfect for Manhattans and negronis. Even if this one is sweet vermouth, there is still some dryness to it, which allows for a softer, herbal, and somewhat spicy quality. Mixed with cocktails, it will play a supporting role rather than being the protagonist.
Carpano Antica Formula
Antica Formula is probably the most extravagant sweet vermouth around, with a robust and complex profile. As full-bodied vermouth, its taste with undeniable vanilla notes can dominate certain cocktails. However, this is exactly what makes it unique.
Punt e Mes
Their distinctive taste comes from their formula, which includes chinchona bark, a bittering agent. Italians know this plant as china (pronounced key-Nah), and it is rich in quinine —the same ingredient usually found on commercial tonic waters. This is the reason why Punt e Mes can play two roles that are so different and yet coexist so perfectly in one beverage.