Vermouth: The Revival of the Spirit that Created America’s Cocktail Culture

Vermouth is making a comeback in the United States. Winemakers such as Steve Matthiasson in California and Christopher Tracy at Channing Daughters in New York State are producing their own versions, and bars are highlighting it on their menus. Now there’s Vermouth, a book by Adam Ford, founder of Atsby Vermouth. Accessible to both cocktail nerds and casual imbibers, Ford’s book takes an in-depth look at the beverage’s tumultuous history, and includes profiles on American vermouth pioneers like Uncouth and Imbue, with a smattering of cocktail recipes thrown in. It’s essential reading for anyone who has ever loved a Manhattan.

by Adam Ford (The Countryman Press, 2015; $25)

Reviewed in W&S August 2015.