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The Best Dry Vermouth Drinks That Aren’t a Martini

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If you don’t drink Martinis every day, there is a chance that dry vermouth in your fridge (please tell us you aren’t keeping it on the bar) will go bad before you can finish it. While even most casual drinkers know that dry vermouth is key to a good Martini, whether made with gin, vodka, dirty or otherwise, their knowledge of what to do with a bottle of the stuff typically ends there. But there are plenty of cocktails that feature dry vermouth. Here are our favorites:

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All you acolytes of the Perfect Manhattan already know this, but for the rest of you, the name does not refer to the best possible version of the drink. While a traditional Manhattan typically includes only sweet vermouth, a Perfect Manhattan includes both sweet and dry vermouth in equal measures.

The Essentials

rye
dry vermouth
sweet vermouth
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This drink, created in the early part of the 20th century, may look like a riff on a Perfect Manhattan, but actually it was created as a take on the somewhat less ordered Perfect Martini.

The Essentials

gin
vermouth
orange juice
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Completing the tour around New York’s five boroughs (sorry, Queens and Staten Island, you need more famous cocktails) is this ode to King’s County. Thanks to the inclusion of Amer Picon, an ingredient that fell out of favor in the U.S. after Prohibition (and is now impossible to find in the States), it’s not as well-known as the Manhattan or the Bronx. But thanks to some great Amer Picon substitutions (like Ramazotti), it’s possible to enjoy the orange-tinged cocktail again.

The Essentials

rye
dry vermouth
Amer Picon
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A meeting of the minds for Prohibition-era American bartenders and Cuban rum loves, this mix of white rum, dry vermouth and curacao is an old drink that deserves a return to the spotlight.

The Essentials

White rum
Dry vermouth
Orange curaçao
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Surprisingly, the name of this drink has nothing to do with the British monarchy. Instead, it was named for the wife of its creator, who came up with it for a contest held by Bénédictine. The herbal liqueur, though, takes a back seat to dry vermouth, which makes up a full half of the drink.

The Essentials

dry vermouth
Bénédictine
Lime juice
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Another mix of dry vermouth and Bénédictine, this drink from the Savoy Cocktail Book doubles down on the aromatized wine, including two full ounces of dry vermouth as the base of the cocktail.

The Essentials

dry vermouth
Bénédictine
absinthe
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A dry and bitter twist on the Manhattan, this cocktail swaps dry vermouth in for sweet and adds a spoonful of Cynar, an artichoke-based amaro. If you’re looking to push the flavors of that Perfect Manhattan to the extreme, you need to try one of these.

The Essentials

rye whiskey
dry vermouth
maraschino liqueur

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