Vermouth, vermouth, we are a bit monothematic, but until now we always seen vermouth as a drink, on its own or mixed in a cocktail. Today we want to introduce you to a new way to consume this beverage, as a food ingredient.
No, we are not just saying you should drink a glass of vermouth while cooking, even though I often do it myself. The outcome of my recipes looks always better. But, we were suggesting you actually use vermouth as an ingredient of your recipe.
You might decide to cook something with vermouth, if you just mixed some Martinez or Negroni for your friends and there is a residual in the bottle. It’s always better to use such residual, otherwise, if they are forgotten, the liquid in an open bottle might oxidize and lose some of its favors.
Vermouth can be a used in any recipe where you would use wine. In the end, this beverage is composed for the 75% of wine. Take care though, because the alcoholic level is higher and the taste is more intense and complex than a normal wine. This will affect your dishes, especially when you are cooking something with a delicate taste, use it with caution, it might cover other tastes.
Dry vermouth risotto (Image Source)
The different aromas of white, dry and sweet vermouth reflect on the dishes you cook. White vermouth is more used for poultry, shellfish and fish. On the other hand, it’s easy to guess that sweet vermouth pairs better with dishes where you would use red wine, and also with sweets. For example, is perfect in chocolate.
Historical vermouth producers like Cocchi, decided to play with such use of their products. Cocchi in fact organizes many cooking events in which vermouth is the protagonist. Moreover they are producing an ice cream covered in vermouth flavored chocolate.
Vermouth pralines (Image Source)
If you are a bit lost, and have no idea of what is better to cook with this drink, we can suggest you a great invention, where you can find all kinds of recipes, it’s called, Google.
But, we are kind, and to facilitate your decision making process, we decided to write down a full menu:
- Glass of sweet vermouth for appetizer, to pair with some cheese
- Risotto cooked with dry vermouth with shrimp topping
- Chicken aromatized with white vermouth and spices
- Ice cream covered in vermouth aromatized chocolate
My name is Ettore Velluto, I’m a vermouth enthusiast, I like extraordinary cocktails and I’m definitely a foodie. I earned my MsC in Innovation and Entrepreneurship at ESADE Business School and at the moment I’m enrolled in the Coursera’s Social Media Marketing course.