Perucchi Vermouth Gran Reserva Deserves a Hand

Posted on: February 28th, 2013 by

Perucchi Vermouth Gran Reserva

I’ve been slightly geeking out on vermouth ever since I tried Imbue, made in Oregon. Which is why it was wonderful to discover (and hold) the distinctly delicious Perucchi Vermouth Gran Reserva. This Spanish vermouth has a  finish that reminds me of Amaro, the bitter (in a good way) Italian post-dinner sipper. But the Perucchi is much lighter. I’d try it on ice with a splash of soda and a twist, envisioning an image of summertime patio-sipping.

Since I’m no mixologist (though I do tend bar at Bottlehouse and make a few mean vermouth and aperitif-based cocktails), I’d love suggestions for adding this to a cocktail. From what I’ve read, tinkering with a Manhattan sounds like a good idea.

Your thoughts on vermouth?

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4 Responses

  1. Patrick J. says:

    I’ve been wanting to try more vermouths – glad to know that you like the Imbue. I might have to pick up a bottle of the Perucchi before Spring rolls around!

    As for cocktails, here’s one idea: sub the Perucchi for amaro in this cocktail I came across in the NYTimes a while back. It’s a take on the Cuba Libre.

    Itali Libera
    1 ounce overproof (150-proof alcohol) rum
    1 ounce amaro
    1/4 ounce lemon juice
    3/4 ounce simple syrup
    Chilled seltzer
    1 lime wedge, for garnish.

    Combine the rum, amaro, lemon juice and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker, fill with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a highball glass over fresh ice, top with seltzer and garnish with the lime wedge.

    Adapted from ’inoteca e liquori bar, Manhattan.

    • Jameson says:


      Thank you for the tip. This cocktail sounds like a great way to experiment with vermouth. Appreciate the comment!



  2. anna says:

    I love chilled, sweet vermouth with a twist of orange…reminds me of summer.

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