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Dec 18, 2006 10:42 PM

Martinis, which Vermouth?

I've been reading the posts about gins and I'm jonesing for a martini. But the gin is only part of the mix. The Vermouths are so varied in flavors that they must be specified for a proper martini.

Which Vermouths are best? Or which go with which gin?


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  1. My personal martini consists of Noilly Prat vermouth and Plymouth gin, with a twist. Nice combo.

    1. Cinzano vermouth, Bombay sapphire gin, to my taste.

      1. I drink vodka martinis generally, but my choice is Martini and Rossi vermouth, a couple drops of Angostura, and Grey Goose.

        Husband drinks gin and simply switches the Grey Goose to Tanqueray.

        1. Reading your post I suspect you are new to mixing martinis? If so make sure you get a dry vermouth. Most martinis are made very dry and I don't think the choice of vermouth matters. The three named above are very good. My usual - 1/2 cap Noilly Prat, 4 1/2 ounces Beefeaters. I'm not to fussy about the brand of vermouth however I do frequently sip vermouth on ice and for that I prefer NP so I have it in the house. I also keep my vermouth in the frig as the flavor will change.

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          1. re: Old Red

            I sometimes sip it over ice as well, and I find that there is a big difference in flavor amoung the dry vermouths. But I can never remember which I like!

          2. Not much of a gin drinker myself, but the selections in this area are multiplying. For vermouth look for Carpano Punt e Mes or Quady Vya Extra Dry, both noted for being good vermouths. I you want to drink martinis, then I recommend trying a number of vermouths and gins and using the ones you like best to find a good combination. Gins vary from traditional "Old Tom" gins of which there is one producer (I think), Plymouth Gin of which there is one producer, London Dry Gins, some newer styles from the London Gin producers made with different herbs, and both old and young Genevers from the Netherlands (and maybe Belguim). If you want to drink martinis, learning which gins and vermouths you like best in which combinations is like learning which wines made with which grapes you like best. The good thing is that once you learn, you need not relearn every year as with wines to some extent. Personally, if I want a martini, it will be made with Plymouth Gin and Quady Vya Extra Dry, and I'll tend to be slightly heavy on the vermouth. A traditional martimi is probably three or so shots of gin with somewhere from 5 drops to a teaspoon of vermouth. My teaspoon would overflow with more than 5 drops.