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In classic cocktails, vermouth usually serves as the backup dancer to the main spirit. But when the fortified wine is moved to the spotlight, it can make for a delightful low-ABV cocktail or aperitif. Here are some of our favorite recipes that showcase the versatility of vermouth.

Bellissimo Aperitivo A balance of sweet vermouth with dry fino sherry and Fernet-Branca.

Hello Stranger Cocktail Spanish vermouth and passion fruit turn this low-ABV cocktail into what its creator, Summer-Jane Bell of Hello Stranger in Oakland, calls a “dance-floor crusher.”

Idlewild A low-ABV vermouth version of the Chartreuse Swizzle.

Inside Out When you invert the traditional ratio of whiskey and vermouth in the classic Manhattan recipe, a softly sweet riff emerges.

Julia Momose’s Tea Cocktail A low-proof cocktail with endless variations.

Lavender Blanc Cocktail This easy drinking cocktail matches dry vermouth with soft lavender bitters and tonic water.

Mental Note Blanc vermouth and crème de menthe make for an extra-cooling cocktail.

Moi Cocktail A piney juniper-forward gin adds a bright pop to vermouth and crème de cassis.

Pom Royale Vermouth Slushie This vermouth and wine slushie is the perfect warm-weather refresher.

Rebekah Peppler’s Vermouth Spritz An easy-going mix of blanc vermouth, orange bitters, sparkling wine, and soda.

Vermouth Cobbler This cocktail’s simple build perfectly highlights the complex flavor of fortified wine.

Vermouth Flip Chocolate-infused Carpano Antica complements the herbal bitterness of Fernet, while an egg lends a rich and velvety texture, making this the perfect stand-in for dessert.

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