A short lesson in cocktail culture: back in 1883 when cocktails were first classified, they were a combination of a spirit, a fortified wine and a modifier (the bitters). Vermouth itself, according to Woodford Reserve brand ambassador Thomas Vernon, always went hand in hand with cocktails. “It began as ‘hippocratic wine’, which was usually cheap rough wine added to with herbs and spices, and then takes on different colours and flavour notes,” he says.
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