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Tuxedo and La Nuova Torino

Tuxedo and La Nuova Torino

I’m ashamed to admit that I have rarely mixed with dry vermouth – until now. It's not that I dislike it, I just haven't had many experiences with it. Given my love for Boulevardiers, Negronis, Manhattans and the like I’ve typically stuck to sweet vermouth.

An opportunity recently arose to partner with Cinzano, a legendary producer of vermouths and sparkling wine dating back to 1757. When asked which product I'd prefer to work with, the easy decision would have been sweet vermouth. Instead I chose the untraveled path – extra dry vermouth. 


So here we are, bottles of dry vermouth in hand…but where to start? Like sweet vermouth, dry vermouth is extremely versatile and can work with just about any spirit out there. It still has a bit of sweetness to it, but with a dry finish. I opted to start with two classics using two very different spirits and I’m pleased to say that I’m a now big fan of it. (shh, don’t tell sweet vermouth)

First up, naturally I had to try it with gin.

The Tuxedo

  • 1 oz Cinzano Extra Dry Vermouth
  • 1 oz Drumshanbo  Gunpowder Irish Gin
  • .5 bar spoon of maraschino liqueur
  • 1  bar spoon of Absinthe
  • 3 dashes of orange bitters

Garnish: Cocktail cherry and lemon twist
Glass: Coupe
Preparation: Pour all the ingredients into a mixing glass with ice. Stir and strain until chilled, then fine strain into a chilled coupe.

Next up I wanted to try it with something that may seem like an unnatural choice – a lightly aged scotch.

La Nuova Torino

  • 1 oz Cinzano Extra Dry Vermouth
  • 1 oz Wemyss Malts The Hive 12 yr old blended malt scotch whisky
  • 1 1⁄2 bar spoon Chamomile honey
  • 1 pinch pink Himalayan salt

Garnish: Lemon twist & chamomile tincture  
Glass: Coupe or Martini
Preparation: Thrown & double strain


Wow! Both of these are amazing sippers.  The crisp vermouth really pairs nicely in both, complimented by the dry finish which sets you up for the next sip. I believe this is called the Circle of Life. Cheers friends!

This post is sponsored by Cinzano. Of course, these opinions (and cocktails) are my own. 

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