How to drink Martini Rosso

How to drink Martini Rosso

The company Martini & Rossi is famous for its vermouths, which are popular among our compatriots. For many regulars of fashionable clubs, the word “martini” has become a common noun, synonymous with the word “vermouth”. Under the aforementioned brand, a whole line of beverages is produced, in which Rosso occupies one of the leading positions. It was this red vermouth that was first produced by the company, it happened in 1863. The popular “Bianco” is his “younger brother”, with whom herbal taste and aroma of wine drinks met several decades later. “Martini Rosso” is a rather sweet vermouth with a fortress of 16%, its dark amber color is due to the red wine, which is part of it, and caramel, the taste of which is noticeable when tasting the drink. The bitter notes of wormwood and the delicate floral-spicy aroma of other herbs are also felt in it. A bouquet of red vermouth is fully revealed to those who know how to drink Martini Rosso correctly. Traditions of its use have been formed for a long time, and you should not treat them disdainfully.

Usage Features

Most of the rules of use "Martini Rosso" is not too different from the recommendations on how to drink vermouth in general. If you are not familiar with them or wish to refresh them in memory, the information below will help you.

  • The best taste and aroma of red vermouth is revealed if the drink is cooled to 10-12 degrees. If you put a bottle of “Martini Rosso” in the fridge an hour before the tasting, he will have time to cool to the desired temperature. If you give vermouth warm, the bitter taste of wormwood will be too distinct, poisoning the pleasure of using this exquisite and controversial drink. Having cooled “Martini Rosso” too much, you will not be able to appreciate its multi-faceted bouquet, as the esters will be “closed” inside. Vermouth will seem almost tasteless.
  • If you do not have time to cool the “Martini” to the optimum temperature, you can put ice or frozen berries, pieces of fruit in a glass.
  • In cone-shaped glasses on a high stem, vermouth was invented to be served later, and this method is successfully practiced in clubs. However, if you strictly follow the rules of etiquette, red vermouth can only be served in “marties” to women. Vermouth “Rosso” is served to men in old-fashioned toggle switches, or roxes, - wide glasses with a thick bottom, ideally - in quadrangular or hexagonal. If you offer vermouth in such a glass to a woman, they will definitely not consider you an ignoramus. But the straw to drink is definitely not worth serving. Fill the glasses no more than two-thirds.
  • True connoisseurs of “Martini” prefer to drink vermouth “Rosso” in its pure form, in small sips. However, it is not considered bad taste to dilute it with mineral water, soda, tonic, juice. Of the juices, preference is given to cherry, strawberry, pomegranate, orange, which are able to emphasize the bright color of the main drink and not distort its taste. Red vermouth is usually diluted in half or two thirds, but there are no hard and fast rules.

“Martini Rosso” served as an aperitif or digestif, can serve as a drink for the whole evening. Snack to this type of alcohol is not needed, but if you want it can be served, focusing on the nature of the party.

How to snack “Martini Rosso”

A red vermouth snack is optional, but can be offered to guests. The main thing is not to choose nourishing, fatty, overly spicy and spicy dishes that can change the taste and aroma of the drink. The best choice would be:

  • hard cheeses;
  • olives and olives;
  • strawberries;
  • cherry;
  • peaches;
  • oranges;
  • crackers.

You can also offer guests light toasts with low-fat veal or lightly salted salmon, with cheese and pineapples.

If the taste of red vermouth seems too sweet or, on the contrary, bitter, try using it to make cocktails.

Manhattan Cocktail


  • bourbon - 60 ml;
  • vermouth “Martini Rosso” - 30 ml;
  • Angostura bitter - 2 ml;
  • ice - 150 g;
  • cocktail cherry - 1 pc.

Method of preparation:

  • In a shaker, mix all three types of alcoholic beverages with ice.
  • Strain the cocktail to rid it of ice cubes.
  • Pour into a cocktail glass, garnish with cherry.

Cocktail can be served with a straw or without it. This is the most popular version of the cocktail with red vermouth.

Negroni Cocktail


  • Martini Rosso - 30 ml;
  • Campari Bitters - 15 ml;
  • gin - 30 ml;
  • ice - 150 g;
  • orange - 1 slice.

Method of preparation:

  • Fill a wide glass with ice.
  • Pour in gin first, then red vermouth, after it “Campari”.
  • Stir gently with a bar spoon.
  • Decorate the glass with an orange slice.

This cocktail is almost as popular as Manhattan. It is served most often with a straw.

Strawberry Champatini Cocktail


  • vermouth “Rosso” - 100 ml;
  • strawberry syrup - 30 ml;
  • sweet or semi-sweet champagne - 150 ml;
  • ice cubes - to taste;
  • lemon or lime - 1 slice.

Method of preparation:

  • Cool the roomy glass (with a capacity of at least 330 ml).
  • Put some ice cubes on the bottom of the glass.
  • Pour in red vermouth.
  • Then pour in champagne, making sure that it froth as little as possible.
  • Pour in strawberry syrup. Mix cocktail is not necessary.

It remains to decorate the glass with a slice of citrus fruit, insert a straw into the glass and serve the drink to the table. Ladies will almost certainly be delighted with him.

Cocktail “Rob Roy”


  • Scotch whiskey - 60 ml;
  • red vermouth - 30 ml;
  • orange bitter - 2 drops;
  • ice - to taste;
  • orange peel spiral - 1 pc.

Method of preparation:

  • Drain the drinks in a shaker glass, add ice.
  • Shake for 30 seconds.
  • Pour the strainer into a whiskey glass or cocktail glass.

Orange zest is used to decorate a glass.

Red Rosso “Rosso”, marketed under the brand name “Martini”, is popular all over the world, but not everyone knows how to drink it correctly. By following the rules for using this drink, you can better appreciate its unique taste and aroma.

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