June 6, 2014 – The Republic Steakhouse
3/4 oz. vermouth rosso
1 oz. rye whiskey
Dashes marachino liqueur
Stir well in a mixing glass filled with ice. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
Again, the combination of brown liquor (Willet Family Estate rye) and vermouth (especially the delicious Carpano Antica vermouth rosso) is a winner. I’m also becoming a big fan of rye whiskey. The spicy rye, with a hint of mint that I had not noticed before, and the floral, sweet, fruity (bananas… I swear I smell bananas) come together perfectly in this serious cocktail.
Here’s some additional information about the vermouth. Although the Carpano brand is now produced and distributed by Fratelli Branca Distillerie of Milan, the original formula was concocted by Antonio Benedetto Carpano 91764–1815). In 1786, Carpano invented modern vermouth in Turin (where it continued to be made until the move to Milan in 2001), made from white wine added to an infusion of more than 30 varieties of herbs and spices.He believed vermouth would be a more suitable beverage for ladies than the local red wines. Vermouth proved so popular that soon his shop was open 24 hours a day. Carpano’s other contributions include Carpano Classico Vermuth, Carpano Bianco, and the original apéritif, Punt e Mes.
Cin cin! (Friulian)