If you've been following my Instagram, visiting my house or going on dates with me lately you'll know that I've been nursing a major crush on vermouth this summer.
In Spain, the 'mut is super duper hot-right-now - in fact, the Adria brothers (El Bulli) have just opened their own vermuteria (vermouth bar) Boedga 1900 in Poble Sec, adding to a growing stable of new-school hipster vermouth bars in and around Barcelona.
Not only is the drink dead-set sophisticated, it's also complex, refreshing and delicious. Plus it's also got a relatively low ABV (alcohol by volume), which means you can totally sneak one in on your lunch break.
Anyway, after doing a "comprehensive tasting session" with Shaun Byrne at Gin Palace and again with the Big Ginger Duff (James Duffield) at Bomba, I have now been suitably exposed to the absolute best that the world of vermouth (and its cousin, Americano) has to offer. And it's a world that excites me.
Standouts included wonderful locals such as Maidenii Classic and Regal Rogue Bianco, as well as old world classics Cocchi Americano, Carpano Antica Formula and Casa Mariol Vermut Negre - the latter being something I seem to have amassed (and consumed) quite some volume of since discovering it a few months back.
Anyway, I wrote a feature about it for this week's Good Food Epicure.
Go drink some vermouth! Salut!