Going Solo

Vermouth is back—and it’s going solo
Taylor Mathis

A fortified wine  flavored with herbs, spices, and botanical extracts, vermouth is best known as an ingredient in classic cocktails such as martinis and Manhattans. But as craft spirits and mixology grow in popularity, vermouth is also regaining an old reputation—as an aperitif, splashed over ice and sipped. One to try: the newly available Perucchi vermouth at Common Market South End ($18 for a liter), which is aged in oak casks, ranges from extra dry white to sweet red, and evokes flavors of clove, orange blossom, and chamomile.