Enjoying a pre-lunch tipple of vermouth in Madrid is an unmissable experience. It is a modern tradition that actually dates back years. Today we tell you all about its origin, the different varieties available, and where you can enjoy a good glass of vermouth in the Barrio de las Letras.
HOW DID VERMOUTH ARRIVE IN SPAIN?
Before we begin, what do you know about vermouth? It is an alcoholic drink made with wine, steeped with botanical plants and spices.
It dates back to antiquity, to the time of Hippocrates, who steeped wine with wormwood flowers (from which the word vermouth derives) and dittany, creating this drink. But although his discovery reached Spain very quickly, it was not produced for mass consumption until 1838, by the Cora brothers.
WHAT TYPES OF VERMOUTH ARE THERE?
There are four different types of this aromatised wine: red, white, rosé and dry.
This is a sweet vermouth with notes of aromatic herbs such as cinnamon. In Spain, a less bitter version is favoured than in other countries such as Italy, and this is the most popular type of vermouth in our country.
This is the sweetest type of vermouth, because it uses fewer bitter ingredients in the production process. It also incorporates vanilla and citrus ingredients. This is the most popular type worldwide.
Dry vermouth is used particularly in cocktails. It is more bitter than red vermouth and features prominent floral notes. One of the most common mistakes made when preparing dry vermouth is either too much sugar or too much acidity, since it needs to be balanced.
This type of vermouth is the least well known of the four, although the trend has been changing lately, and it is growing in popularity. It is a smooth vermouth without any bitterness, with prominent fruity and floral notes.
ENJOY THE VERMOUTH EXPERIENCE IN THE BARRIO DE LAS LETRAS
If you are thinking of travelling to Madrid and want to enjoy a good glass of vermouth in a unique setting, we recommend a visit to our restaurant Lobbyto. Here, you can enjoy a Dry Martini in wonderful glamorous surroundings, reminiscent of the Roaring 20s, with waiters dressed in Great Gatsby style. You can also enjoy some great music, have a bite to eat, and watch the bartender prepare your vermouth.