Vermouth is a white appetizer wine flavored with as many as thirty to forty different herbs, roots, berries, flowers, and seeds. There almost as many vermouth formulas as there are brands.

Dry (French) vermouth is light gold in color and has a nice nutty flavor. Sweet (Italian) vermouth is red, richer in flavor, and somewhat syrupy. Both are perishable and will lose freshness if left out too long in an open bottle. Be sure to refrigerate vermouth, and use it carefully when mixing drinks, as most people now ask for drier cocktails.

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