Watch Your Vermouth

Over the years, vermouth has gotten pretty good at modestly hiding in plain sight. It quietly increases the complexity and well-rounded flavor of many enduringly popular cocktails (such as the martini, Manhattan, Bamboo, and Negroni) by adding that certain something, but rarely gets any of the credit. And there are far too many bottles collecting…

Champs and Pop Stars

You may recall a recent post about the history behind the toasting tradition, where I said I’d eventually get around to explaining why we typically toast with bubbles. I’m a woman of my word, so feel free to raise your glass in my honor as you keep reading.   The basic background is actually quite…