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Vya Sweet Vermouth
Vya Sweet Vermouth

 

By Robert Plotkin
http://www.vya.com

The secret to the Manhattan's enduring popularity can be attributed to the inclusion of sweet vermouth, a fortified wine that adds body, depth of flavor and complexity to the cocktail. Although vermouth is a relatively inexpensive product, don't fall into the trap of thinking that any brand will do. The difference between a great vermouth and one that's merely adequate is enormous. Widely acclaimed as the best of the best is Vya® Sweet Vermouth Aperitif.

Made at the Quady Winery in Madera, California, the highly sought-after brand is a blend of Orange Muscat, French Colombard and Valdepenas varietal wines infused with herbs, spices, flowers and citrus. An added dose of Quady Port imbues the finished wine with a beautiful tawny hue. The vermouth has a lush, medium-weight body and a tantalizing semisweet bouquet. The palate is an incomparable array of spicy and tangy citrus flavors. It is fortified to 16% abv.

Vya® Extra Dry Vermouth Aperitif is crisp, light and equally sensational. It is made from a blend of French Colombard and Orange Muscat white wines infused with highly aromatic herbs, flowers and plants and fortified to 18% abv. The vermouth has a complex floral and fruity bouquet and a dry, mouth-filling palate laced with spice and citrus.

The two Vya Vermouths are as good as they get. Their brilliant characters will infuse your Martinis and Manhattans with new life and make them the tingling combinations of wine and spirit they were originally intended to be.

 


Vya Sweet Vermouth Recipes

 

Basils Manhattan
Cocktail glass, chilled
Pour into an iced mixing glass
2 1/2 oz. Basil Haydens Bourbon
1/2 oz. Vya Sweet Vermouth
1/4 oz. Vya Extra Dry Vermouth
2 dashes Angostura Bitters
Stir and strain
Lemon twist garnish
Black Tie Martini (1)
Cocktail glass, chilled
Pour into an iced mixing glass
2 1/2 oz. Appleton Estate Extra Jamaica Rum
1/2 oz. Vya Extra Dry Vermouth
Stir and strain
Black olives garnish
Blue Grass Blues Manhattan (2)
Cocktail glass, chilled
Pour into an iced mixing glass
2 1/2 oz. Woodford Reserve Bourbon
3/4 oz. Vya Extra Dry Vermouth
1/2 oz. Cointreau
3–4 dashes Angostura Bitters
Stir and strain
Lemon twist garnish