Drink of the Week: Carpano Dry Vermouth

carpano-dryVermouth has come a long way over the last decade. No longer an afterthought to be left on a bar shelf to oxidize over the weeks—or even months—vermouth has earned the respect and admiration of bartenders worldwide and become an essential cocktail ingredient. That respect has come, in part, from the influx of new often intriguing formulas that lend added depth to drinks. One recent arrival of note, Carpano Dry Vermouth, comes from the centuries-old vermouth company (the same behind bartenders’ beloved Carpano Antica). This herbaceous and spice-forward formula calls on both wormwood and a native herb of Crete for balanced bitterness, while a dose of citrus helps lighten things up on the finish. Try it in a classic Martini, or in the vermouth-centric Chrysanthemum cocktail, or simply on its own over ice with a twist. $25, drinkupny.com