Nine Classic Cocktails to Make With Leftover Vermouth

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You’ll probably have leftover bottles of wine, spirits and other cocktail ingredients after the holidays have come and gone. Fortunately, for those with vermouths on their bar cart, sweet, dry, and blanc or bianco bottles are versatile cocktail ingredients. Take note, this wine-based aperitif has an expiration date, even if you refrigerate it. Vermouth will last for two to three months refrigerated, but only a few weeks unrefrigerated. 

We could all use a little inspiration after the holiday season. While some folk will happily drink vermouth on its own, we’ve compiled a short list to help you get creative with your unfinished bottle of vermouth. 

From a classic Martini to the Rêver, here are nine cocktails made with sweet, dry and blanc vermouth to try.



Manhattan cocktail
Manhattan cocktail / Photo by Meg Baggott, styling by Dylan Garret
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Lupe Lamora Mezcal White Negroni
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The Rever Cocktail
Photo by Todd Huffman
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White Manhattan
White Manhattan / Photo by Aaron Graubart
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Published on December 30, 2021