Spritz the Season: Bangkok bars to shake up vermouth starting Sunday

Photo: BKK Social Club
Photo: BKK Social Club

Sunday is Vermouth Day. Yes, for real. Look it up.

Whether it’s marked on your calendar or not — and unless you work for a spirits brand or bar, we assume that’s a no — it’s a good enough occasion in our book to get out and enjoy the Italian fortified wine, specifically in cocktail form. Several Bangkok bars agree.

Starting Sunday, a handful of the city’s best bars are rolling out cocktails featuring vermouth: Caper, Vesper, Havana Social, BKK Social Club, and Salon du Japonisant.

On Sunday, head to Caper to get vermouth-y drinks like a Chinato & Tonic (THB280), the Spring Spritz (Mancino Secco vermouth, mango, passionfruit, elderflower tonic, and Aperol for THB320), and a classic Boulevardier (Mancino Rosso vermouth, Rebel Yell bourbon, and Campari for THB350).

Meanwhile, at Vesper, Suppawit “Palm” Muttaratana and company are offering riffs on classics like the Martinez (Old Duff Genever, Mancino Secco and Mancino Amaranto vermouths, maraschino liqueur, and orange bitters; THB400) and the 20th Century (gin, Mancino Bianco vermouth, crème de cacao, and lemon; THB370).

Starting Monday, Havana Social will be serving a menu featuring a little vermouth and a lot of coffee, too, using Left Hand Roasters beans as well as Mr. Black coffee liqueur in various drinks. Think highballs with Mancino Rosso vermouth, Amaro Averna, and Left Hand Roasters cold brew (THB280), and the (vermouth-free) Cafe Del Rio, with Mr. Black coffee liqueur, Black Tears spiced rum, Left Hand Roasters cold brew, mango, passionfruit, and “fake lime” (THB300).

If you want to get your hands on some vermouth at home, check out Gulp. The distributor is selling vermouth sets, including a bottle of Mancino Rosso, Secco, and Rinomato for THB3,500 (normally, each bottle retails for around THB1,400). Each set also gets you free entry into a cocktail-making class in the future.

This is the first Vermouth Day, an occasion launched by bartender and vermouth producer Giancarlo Mancino to promote the popular aperitif-slash-cocktail ingredient at the advent of the Italian spring, when many of the botanicals used in vermouth are in bloom.

Whether it ends up more like Valentine’s Day or Administrative Professionals’ Day in the annals of annual traditions is yet to be known. However, this year, at least, it’s raising spirits worldwide.

This story originally appeared in BK.

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