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15 Best Sweet Vermouths for Manhattan: Ranked (2023 Edition)

Best Sweet Vermouths for Manhattan

Last Updated on December 16, 2023 by Lydia Martin

I’ve made lots of delicious cocktails, and I’m excited to show you the best sweet vermouths for a perfect Manhattan.

Join us on a tasty adventure as we discover the special drinks that make your Manhattan even better. Keep reading to find out more.

Top 15 Sweet Vermouths For Manhattan (Best Buy)

15. Antica Torino Vermouth di Torino

Antica Torino Vermouth di Torino

Average Price: around $20-$30/750ml

Alcohol Content: 18% ABV

Why We Like It: This vermouth exemplifies floral and aromatic excellence from the fortified wine, with a delightful balance of sweetness and a captivating bitter-orange peel finish.

Although its fragrant notes may appear intense for a delicately balanced cocktail, it offers a unique summer-inspired twist on the classic spirit-forward, stirred whiskey drink.

14. Mancino Rosso Amaranto

Bottle of Mancino Rosso Amaranto

Average Price: around $29/750ml

Alcohol Content: 16% ABV

Why We Like It: Mancino Rosso Amaranto is captivating vermouth for its deep red hue and enticing flavors and spices.

The palate opens a harmonious combination of sweet and bitter notes, where hints of ripe fruits mingle with herbal nuances.

Its luxurious character is sure to leave a lasting impression on discerning palates.

Read: Recommended Sweet Vermouths For Negroni 

13. Carpano Antica Formula Vermouth

Close Up Image of Carpano Antica Formula Vermouth Bottle Label

Average Price: around $34/750ml

Alcohol Content: 16.5% ABV

Why We Like It: We like the excellence of Carpano Antica as this vermouth gives a unique Manhattan experience for its added layers of complexity and subtle nuances of cocoa beans.

It’s akin to savoring a superb bottle of red wine that has been carefully decanted.

Every Manhattan drinker will surely love this one as it hits all the anticipated flavor notes, with notes of cocoa beans, leaving an extraordinary depth of flavor.

12. Martini & Rossi Riserva Speciale Rubino

Bottle of Martini & Rossi Riserva Speciale Rubino

Average Price: around $15/750ml

Alcohol Content: 18% ABV

Why We Like It: When visiting any liquor store, we don’t forget to check out Marini & Rossi vermouth. We specifically like its smooth flavor and unwavering consistency.

Actually, it is a standard sweet vermouth for crafting a timeless drink, like a Manhattan cocktail.

Along with its delightful sherry-like essence, it has graceful and refreshing notes of citrus and grape, giving harmonious flavors and a satisfying taste experience.

Read: Recommended Bitters For A Manhattan

11. Dolin Rouge Vermouth

Bottle of Dolin Rouge Vermouth

Average Price: around $10/750ml

Alcohol Content: 16% ABV

Why We Like It: This is our first vermouth from Dolin among their selection. This Rouge Vermouth gives a drier expression.

The flavor profile shows its meticulously crafted using fortified wines and botanicals sourced from the Alpine meadows.

When incorporated into a Manhattan or enjoyed neat over ice, this vermouth creates a flavor balance, including luscious apple notes and subtle hints of sherry.

10. Vermut Lustau

Hand Holding Bottle of Vermut Lustau

Average Price: around $19/750ml

Alcohol Content: 15% ABV

Why We Like It: While most producers market their vermouths using a combo of warm spices and herbs, Vermut Lustao is unique for its blend of Pedro Ximenez sherry and nutty amontillado.

“Unleash the full potential of your Manhattan with the finest sweet vermouths, crafting a flavor masterpiece that will leave your taste buds in awe.” – Liquor Laboratory

We like the rich and decadent nature of this drink, with the addition of the Lustau softening the rye. Despite the Angostura and vermouth, it makes Manhattan cocktails not too sweet or bitter.

9. Contratto Vermouth Rosso

Bottle of Contratto Vermouth Rosso and a Glass Of Cocktail Drink on a Table

Average Price: around $26/750ml

Alcohol Content: 17% ABV

Why We Like It: This sweet vermouth exudes a lively character with prominent fruity and floral notes.

Yes, it undoubtedly shines in refreshing Highballs paired with mineral water or tonic. But we find it excellent in Manhattan, especially during warm-weather cocktail hours.

Read: Recommended Bitters For Old-Fashioned Cocktails

8. Alessio Vermouth di Torino Rosso

Bottle of Alessio Vermouth di Torino Rosso

Average Price: around $27/750ml

Alcohol Content: 17% ABV

Why We Like It: Alessio Vermouth is a superb choice to feature in a Manhattan cocktail as it brings a touch of Italian elegance to the drink.

We like its deep red color and complex flavor profile, which adds richness and depth to a classic Manhattan recipe.

When we combined it with whiskey and bitters, it enhanced the cocktail, elevating it to new heights of sophistication while providing a truly memorable drinking experience.

7. Atsby Amberthorn

Bottle of Atsby Amberthorn and a Cocktail Drink

Average Price: around $30/750ml

Alcohol Content: 16% ABV

Why We Like It: Atsby Amberthorn is an interesting vermouth choice for its distinctive character. It brings a unique blend of flavors to the classic cocktail.

It imparts a complex botanical profile enriched with herbs and baking spices, adding depth and sophistication to the classic Manhattan cocktail.

Read: Sherry vs Vermouth

6. Ransom Sweet Vermouth

Bottle of Ransom Sweet Vermouth and a Glass

Average Price: around $18/750ml

Alcohol Content: 17.8% ABV

Why We Like It: This sweet vermouth is created using a unique process with a blend of cold-climate grapes carefully vinified and oxidized in Ransom’s winery, then fortified with brandy distilled in their alembic still.

We like its traditional bitterness derived from wormwood, while a touch of sweetness comes from the infusion of muscat grape juice and maple syrup.

5. Imbue Bittersweet Vermouth

Bottle of Imbue Bittersweet Vermouth and a Cocktail Drink

Average Price: around $26/750ml

Alcohol Content: 16% ABV

Why We Like It: Imbue Bittersweet Vermouth has a unique bittersweet profile that adds depth and complexity to the Manhattan drink.

Combined with whiskey and bitters, it enhances the overall flavor experience, providing rich and balanced flavors.

Read: Dry vs Sweet Vermouth

4. Carpano Punt e Mes

Bottle of Carpano Punt e Mes

Average Price: around $14/750ml

Alcohol Content: 16% ABV

Why We Like It: This sweet vermouth stands out for its intense bitterness, prominent wormwood, and flavorful herb and spice notes, this great vermouth stands out.

“Vermouth always makes me brilliant unless it makes me idiotic.” – Edward Frederic Benson OBE, English Novelist

If you want a richly dark Manhattan, we suggest using Carpano Punt e Mes, reminiscent of aged oloroso sherry.

Despite its distinct bitterness, Punt e Mes seamlessly blends with Angostura bitters and whiskey.

3. Cinzano Vermouth Rosso

Hand Holding Bottle of Cinzano Vermouth Rosso

Average Price: around $9/750ml

Alcohol Content: 18% ABV

Why We Like It: Cinzano Rosso gives the quintessential vermouth experience, showcasing a luscious fruitiness, dried herbal notes, and a delightful touch of complex bitterness.

Despite its affordable price, this budget-friendly option exceeds expectations, making it a perfect choice for midweek Manhattans.

When stirred with rye whiskey and bitters, we like how this vermouth imparts a fruity character and enhances the drink’s body, allowing the rye to shine.

2. La Quintinye Vermouth Royal Rouge

Bottle of La Quintinye Vermouth Royal Rouge and a Drink

Average Price: around $19/750ml

Alcohol Content: 16.5% ABV

Why We Like It: This vermouth is a delightful fusion of white wine [1] and Pineau des Charentes Rouge, infused with a harmonious blend of plants and spices.

We like the aroma filled with licorice, prune, vanilla, and chocolate notes, while the palate is enveloped in bursts of caramel, burnt vanilla, and warm spices.

This vermouth shines brilliantly in classic cocktails, with the Manhattan being our favorite.

1. Noilly Prat Rouge

Bottle of Noilly Prat Rouge and a Glass Drink

Average Price: around $12/750ml

Alcohol Content: 16% ABV

Why We Like It: Noilly Prat Rouge is the right vermouth for a Manhattan because it has a symphony of twenty-nine herbs and spices gathered from across the globe, imparting vibrant aromas.

When combined in Manhattan, the vermouth’s herbaceous nature enhances the dill pickle notes of the rye whiskey [2].

This is our go-to vermouth if we want to craft classic renditions of this timeless cocktail while ensuring a perfectly balanced and textbook mix.

**Average prices are based on MSRP. Prices may vary per liquor store.

FAQs

Is a Manhattan better with sweet or dry vermouth?

A Manhattan cocktail is better with sweet vermouth if you want the classic drink style. But if you want something out of the ordinary, you can use dry vermouths [3].

What are the two types of vermouth used in Manhattans and Martinis?

The two types of vermouth used in Manhattans and Martinis are sweet and dry vermouths. The former is the most commonly used in Manhattans, and the latter is mostly used in Martinis [4].

In A Nutshell

You can’t go wrong with the best sweet vermouth in your Manhattan cocktail; it adds richness and fruity undertones.

If you want some more complexity, explore the profile of Imbue Bittersweet, Atsby Amberthorn, or Alessio Vermouth.

But if you like the overall balance of flavors and character, Noilly Prat Rouge is the best option. It’s smooth, crisp, and flavorful, elevating any cocktail that calls for it.

References:

  1. https://www.lovetoknow.com/food-drink/wine/interesting-facts-about-wine
  2. https://www.organicfacts.net/rye-whiskey.html
  3. https://www.britannica.com/topic/vermouth
  4. https://theconversation.com/alluring-classic-glamorous-the-history-of-the-martini-cocktail-195913
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