- From the makers of the "First Vermouth" - Antonio Benedetto Carpano invented Vermouth in 1786
"Carpano Bianco is an elegant and richly perfumed vermouth. It's fresh and complex flavours means it works well in drinks such as the Secret Garden"
Notes from Neil Donachie, Head Cocktail Curator
WHAT IS VERMOUTH?
Vermouth comes in a myriad of styles, including dry, white, red and rosé. It is a key ingredient in many classic cocktails, such as a Martini, Manhattan, and Negroni.
Essentially, Vermouth is a type of fortified wine. Different types of Vermouth (and indeed different distillers) have varying ingredients and methods. In it's most simple, alcohol and a mix of aromatic herbs, roots, and barks are added to a base of wine (and/or spirit). This is they sweetened to create the finished product.
Traditionally it was used as a medicine. However, it became fashionable when served around the clock as an apéritif in Turin cafés. Later in the 19th century bartenders started to include it as an ingredient in cocktails, and many of our favourites were born.
HISTORY OF CARPANO
Carpano, and indeed Vermouth itself, dates back to 1786 when Antonio Benedetto Carpano invented the formula for Vermouth. He created his recipe from white muscatel wine infused with more than 30 herbs and spices. Carpano believed his drink would be a more suitable beverage for ladies than the local red wines. It proved so popular that soon his shop was open 24 hours a day.
Among these 30+ herbs and spices is wormwood. The wormwood used in Carpano products to this day is grown in Italy and gathered in high mountainous away from pollution. Although the process of procuring it is difficult, it shows the lengths that Carpano still go through to ensure they maintain the reputation as the first Vermouth.
SHIPPING & DELIVERY
We ship all our drinks via Royal Mail. We offer two options, our standard rate which is free over £29, and uses a Royal Mail 48 service, and a next day service (£3.95) which is shipped with Royal Mail 24.
Our shipping cut off is 1pm Mon-Fri, so all orders made after 1pm will be shipped the next day. If you order after 1pm on a Friday your order will be despatched the following Monday