I just spent the better part of the afternoon trying to figure out a drink with vermouth in it that I like.
Somehow Captain America and I have a bottle of the stuff in the house. And it's open, otherwise I'd re-gift it. And no, I'm not drunk blogging. I didn't actually drink that much vermouth, because as I've already noted, it tastes like ass.
First, I looked up a number of vermouth recipes online. There are tons of recipes that call for vermouth. I selected a handful that either didn't require any ingredients we didn't already own, or called for ingredients that we would use anyway.
Then, on my walking tour of chores...I had to mail a letter, go to the bank, and return a DVD to the library, I went to the grocery store to buy said ingredients. I was walking because I wasn't feeling motivated to either go to the gym or to go for a run, and figured this would at least get me out of the house. Also, it was a nice day out, and I was able to try out some new sunscreen my mom gave me that's supposed to be matte. How's that for multitasking?
So I returned from the store and set about making a Cosmo. I like martinis, and although the Cosmo isn't my fave (that would be a lemon drop), I figured this would be a good place to start. I didn't know that cosmos called for vermouth, but I had never tried to make one before, so what did I know?
I just did a quick google search of Cosmo recipes, and what do you know? Not a single one called for vermouth. And there's a good reason for that...cosmos with vermouth taste like cranberry ass.
Next, I tried something called Country Club Cooler #1. This called for vermouth, grenadine, and carbonated water. This sounded fun. Sparkling pink drinks always win points with me. The first go-around of this one, I added too much grenadine. It didn't taste quite right to me, so I carefully measured the grenadine for take two. As it turns out, the grenadine was not to blame. Country Club Cooler #1 tastes like carbonated pink ass.
Finally, I made something called the Christmas Tini, which contained vodka, vermouth, and peppermint schnapps. I am not a huge peppermint schnapps fan, so this recipe was a little iffy to begin with. And the result? Minty ass. Seriously, it's as if Orbit made crappy alcohol.