Vermouth: The Revival of the Spirit That Created America's Cocktail Culture
Vermouth is an aromatized and fortified wine that has been around for centuries and, in the past hundred years, become an essential ingredient of today’s cocktail culture. Its rich history is lucidly and stylishly presented in Vermouth: The Revival of the Spirit that Created America’s Cocktail Culture by Adam Ford, who, in addition to being a scholarly and fine writer is a producer of vermouth himself. He links the wine’s history to China, the Middle East, Ancient Egypt, Persia and, of course, the Silk Routes that connected the East with the West. Once a healing medicinal elixir, vermouth climbed its way to social beverage status. Then in 1869, the first Old Fashioned “Vermouth Cocktail” was published, paving the way for this enigmatic wine to become one of the world’s most important cocktail ingredients. Ford captures the story of this unique wine in its past, present and future. At $30, Vermouth is an essential resource.