DIY Homemade Spiced Vermouth

Infusing vermouth with citrus zests and spices is a great way to customize your vermouth to your tastes or for use in a special cocktail creation. Especially during the holidays, homemade spiced vermouth is a perfectly simple treat for taking your Manhattans up a notch.


Spiced Vermouth

4 large pieces of orange peel.

1 large slice of fresh ginger

2 whole allspice

5 whole cloves

10 fresh cranberries

1 oz spiced rum

1 cup sweet red vermouth

Holiday Manhattan Cocktail

2 oz Bourbon

1 oz Spiced Red Vermouth (recipe above)

Dash of Liquid Kitchen Bitters or your favorite bitters


Add all ingredients to a suitable glass container.

Allow to sit, refrigerated, for at least two days.

Store refrigerated for up to a month.

Use in any cocktail that calls for red or sweet vermouth.

Holiday Manhattan Cocktail

Measure the bourbon, Spiced Red Vermouth and bitters into a mixing glass.

Fill three-quarters full with ice.

Stir with a bar spoon until well chilled.

Strain into a coup glass.

Garnish with a cherry and a cranberry on a pick.


Dinah (MetaGrrrl/Bibulous) 18 Dec 2012
11:23 am

“Like any vermouth, you want to keep it refrigerated.”


Thank you for spreading the gospel, Kathy. Happy holidays!

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