Drink of the Week: Lacuesta Vermouth Reserva

lacuesta vermouth reservaAperitif wines are booming in American bars, and Spanish-made vermouths are among the latest stars of the show. With a vibrant herbaceous character and a softly sweet flavor, Spanish rojo vermouths have much in common with their Italian and French kin; but Spanish vermouths also have a smooth, round nature that makes them beguilingly drinkable. A current favorite? Lacuesta Vermouth Reserva, from Bodegas Martinez Lacuesta. Floral and bright in fragrance, this barrel-aged vermouth (an aged expression of the standard rojo) has an engaging vinuous texture, and a gentle touch of flowers and spice on the palate. You can sip it Spanish style, with ice, olives and a slice of orange, or add an Iberian touch to Negroni Week by using this vermouth in your favorite formula. Either way, you’ve got a great start to the weekend. $35, binnys.com