Spirited Women member Marilyn Matt tends bar at Osteria Papavero and works with Underground Food Collective. She loves vermouth.
Matt recommends trying Punt e Mes straight or in a reverse Manhattan (two parts vermouth to one part rye), Carpano Antica chilled with a twist of orange peel, and a "juicy" reverse martini with bianco vermouth, Italian gin and a splash of Aperol.
“There’s a time and a place for a Manhattan, but sometimes you want something a little lighter," Matt said. "I like to drink this after dinner, if you’re still going out and having more drinks. I want something that’s not going to push me over the edge.”
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A “Crisantemo” at Osteria Papavero in Madison.
A reverse Manhattan is made with two parts Carpano Antica and one part Willett rye at Osteria Papavero in Madison.
Osteria Papavero bartender and Spirited Women member Marilyn Matt makes a reverse Manhattan with two parts Carpano Antica vermouth to one part Willett rye.
From left, Carpano Bianco, Dolin blanc vermouth and Punt e Mes are three fine vermouths to add to a home bar.
Punt e Mes, an Italian vermouth, is delicious served on its own over ice.
A vermouth cocktail at Osteria Papavero in Madison is made with maraschino liqueur, a splash of simple syrup and orange bitters with a base of sweet red vermouth (Del Profesore).
Osteria Papavero bartender and Spirited Women member Marilyn Matt created the “Crisantemo,” a riff on a Chrysanthemum, with Contratto vermouth as a base.
Marilyn Matt chills a coupe class while mixing a Crisantemo, a riff on a vermouth-based cocktail made with Strega and green chartreuse.