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Vermouth del Professore

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In these last days of summer, I have had an insatiable thirst for the light and (somewhat) local aperitif Vermouth del Professore. Though this sweet white vermouth is made in Piedmont–at the Antica Distelleria Quaglia in Castelnuovo Don Bosco to be precise–the idea was conceived in Rome by The Jerry Thomas Project, the city’s premier cocktail bar and a major promoter of historic liquors.

Named for the iconic bartender and cocktail pioneer Jerry Thomas, aka “The Professor”, Vermouth del Professore is made from a moscato-based wine from the Langhe, which is fortified with alcohol and aromatized with more than a dozen herbs and spices. The result is a golden-amber vermouth with distinct aromas and flavors, ranging from honey and camomile to gentian and wormwood.

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While it can certainly be introduced into cocktails, sipping Vermouth del Professore on ice favors its complexity and accentuates its carefully crafted recipe. It is currently available in Rome‘s finer cocktail venues. I have also spotted it in Paris, London and NYC. Vermouth del Professore “Rosso all’uso di Torino”, which is subjected to extensive barrel aging is on the verge of release, so until it works its way onto bar menus around the world, look for it at Rome’s The Jerry Thomas Project, which reopens Thursday after a long summer closure.

2017-02-17T15:16:08+00:00 September 8th, 2014|Categories: Rome & Lazio, Wine & Spirits|5 Comments

5 Comments

  1. Kelly September 8, 2014 at 6:01 pm - Reply

    My Uncle Nick and I were just talking about vermouth. He told me the quote attributed to Churchill about making a martini. Very funny.

    I’ll be in Rome for a few days right before Thanksgiving. I’ll try and go to this bar. Looks good.

  2. Kelly September 8, 2014 at 6:02 pm - Reply

    PS. If you have any events in Rome November 19, 20, 21 let me know.

  3. Alex Smookler September 9, 2014 at 8:14 am - Reply

    That sounds like such an intriguing mix – the sweetness of the moscato mixed with the herbs! It sounds really refreshing! It would be perfect on the muggy evenings we have been having up here in Bologna.

  4. Clementine September 9, 2014 at 6:26 pm - Reply

    Are there any stores where you can buy a bottle in Rome? Thanks!

    • Katie September 10, 2014 at 10:08 am - Reply

      Costantini and Bulzoni

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