Previously overlooked and ignored, vermouth is now enjoying a glorious revival. Celebrate the ingredient with these five gin and vermouth cocktails.

Thanks in part to adjacent trends for Italian-style spritzes and low-ABV serves, vermouth is enjoying a much-deserved return to the cocktail spotlight—and even Martini drinkers who sneer at anything more than a vermouth wash should give the ingredient a second chance.

For the uninitiated: vermouth is a fortified wine, mixed with higher-proof alcohol and lots of herbs and spices. These days, the category includes more delicious, characterful, and complex options than ever—from classic Italian and French numbers to contemporary, “craft” versions.

Whether you’re looking to enjoy a lighter-weight aperitif or want to add an extra layer of depth to your serves, reach for that bottle of vermouth. Here are five gin and vermouth cocktails to get you started.

The 50-50 Martini

Low-ABV serves are one of the drinks world’s biggest 2019 trends, but that doesn’t mean you need to cut out the gin. Instead, dig back into the archives for vermouth-driven classics like the 50-50 Martini. With equal parts gin and vermouth, the Martini is transformed from a bold and bracing cocktail into a bright and refreshing aperitif.

60ml Sipsmith London Dry Gin

60ml dry vermouth (such as Noilly Prat or Dolin)

Lemon twist, to garnish

Add the gin and vermouth to an ice-filled cocktail glass and stir briskly for about 50 turns. Strain into a chilled Martini glass, and garnish with a lemon twist.

The Negroni

The Negroni is the gin and vermouth cocktail that needs no introduction. The serve has been the talk of the town for years now, and its irresistible bitter-sweet-citrus-botanical flavour profile wouldn’t be nearly as complex without the dose of sweet vermouth. There are plenty of versions of the serve (our Negroni Spritz even uses Sipsmith London Cup as a vermouth substitute), but it’s wise to begin with the classic.

25ml Sipsmith London Dry Gin

25ml Campari

25ml sweet vermouth (such as Carpano Antica Formula or Cocchi Vermouth di Torino)

Orange twist, to garnish

Fill a mixing glass with ice and add all three ingredients. Stir briskly for 20-25 turns. Double strain into an ice-filled rocks glass, and garnish with an orange twist. 

The Sbagliato

Gin and Vermouth Cocktails | Sbagliato

Italian aperitif drinks are some of our favourite vermouth-based serves, and the Negroni Sbagliato is no exception. Its name translates to “Mistaken Negroni” because this drink was said to have been invented when a bartender accidentally left out the gin in favour of Prosecco. No need to do that in our version of the Sbagliato: we simply include both.

10ml Sipsmith London Dry Gin

10ml Campari

10ml sweet vermouth

Sparkling wine

Orange twist, to garnish

Combine the first three ingredients in an ice-filled mixing glass and stir well. Strain into a chilled flute and top up with sparkling wine. Garnish with an orange twist.

The Clover Club

Clover Club

The Clover Club is a classic cocktail whose origins date back centuries—which just goes to show how long bartenders have turned to vermouth to add botanical complexity to their serves. This sweet and refreshing cocktail is a good fit for all occasions. 

50ml Sipsmith London Dry Gin

10ml freshly squeezed lemon juice

5ml grenadine or raspberry syrup

10ml sweet vermouth

Handful of fresh raspberries

1 egg white

Raspberry, to garnish

Add all the ingredients (barring the garnish) to an empty cocktail shaker. Seal, and dry-shake to emulsify. Open the shaker, add ice, and shake again. Double strain into a chilled coupe glass, and garnish with a raspberry.

The St. Clement’s Fizz

One of our preferred contemporary gin and vermouth cocktails is our St. Clement’s Fizz. Bright and citrusy thanks to a dose of our Lemon Drizzle Gin, this sparkling serve is a festive, springtime favourite.

20ml Sipsmith Lemon Drizzle Gin

10ml sweet vermouth

50ml orange juice

Sparkling wine

Orange twist, to garnish

Combine the first three ingredients in an ice-filled cocktail shaker and shake well. Double strain into a chilled flute and top up with sparkling wine. Garnish with an orange twist.


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