Check out Dolin and Nolly Pratt also, both good vermouths. I can get Nolly Pratt locally, but have to travel to find Dolin and Carpano Antica.
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I like Willet FE Rye 110 proofer in Manhattans. Although I made one with Handy the other night that was excellent, it just seems excessively luxurious.
For me, I usually like 3-4:1 Rye to Vermouth. Right now I'm using Cocchi Torino, which I think is great. I also prefer a thick orange twist to maraschino cherry, but that's just me
2 oz Willet FE Rye
0.75 oz Cocchi Torino
2 dashes Angostura
Stir over ice, strain into coupe and then a wide peel of orange (1 x 2 in) twist over the top and rubbed on the rim
I am intrigued by tanstaafl2 and his smokey mezcal rinse, this is something that definitely warrants further experimentation and my sincerest of thank yous goes out to you mate.
Played about 3hrs of basketball this arvo (sunday) and my body is about to explode, after a bunch of water i enjoyed a:
0.5oz noilly sweet
O.5oz noilly dry
4 dashes agno orange bitters
I loved it.
1oz THH Sazerac Rye
1oz Carpano Antica
1oz Dolin Dry
2 dashes Bitter End BBQ Bitters
Lagavulin 16 wash
Not half bad.
That yella whiskey runnin' down my throat like honey dew vine water and I took another slash…
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Any of you guys try Vya vermouth in your Manhattans or other cocktails? Interested to know how it is.
There's a lot of good cocktails with vermouth, Campari, Cynar, etc.
I just opened my first Carpano Antica and made a Vieux Carré with it (Sazerac Rye and E&J VSOP). Pretty good stuff.
Just had my first manhattan made with Carpano Antica. Definitely noticed the vermouth more than I ever had before using martini & rossi and I'm pretty sure I liked it but will have to conduct further tests .