A medium-dry vermouth drink from Andrew Jay Ripley of Cotton & Rye of Savannah, Georgia. While you can choose to substitute your bitters of choice in these drinks, Ripley is adamant that this particular brand of vermouth makes the drinks what they are.
- Shake with ice for 15 seconds.
- Strain into a chilled coupe glass.
- Garnish with a grapefruit peel.
Vermouth, originally used for medicinal purposes as far back as the mid-nineteenth century, is derived from the German word wermut (remember, the German “w” is pronounced like the English “v”) meaning “wormwood,” which was one of the original botanicals used in making it. Botanicals aromatize alcoholic beverages, placing them in the “apéritif” class. So yes, vermouth can be consumed on its own as a palate revver.
- from Andrew Jay Ripley of Cotton & Rye of Savannah, Georgia