The Vermouth Swap You Should Try To Amplify Your Next Martini
By Carly Weaver
Made with gin and vermouth with an optional choice of onion, lemon twist, or olive as a garnish, martinis have graced establishments with their classy aura since the late 1800s. Martinis can come in different variations that include wet, dry, dirty, or with a twist, but you can also replace the vermouth with sherry for a savory surprise.
Sherry's distinct and nutty flavor adds another layer of dimension to a martini that differs from the botanical-heavy, classic gin-and-vermouth combination. According to Chef Javier De La Hormaza of Basco, "the result is way more interesting and provides the drink with a salty and yeasty finish, which works well with any dry gin."
Fino or Manzanilla are the best types of dry sherry for your Martini, as they're aged with a layer of yeast ("veil de flor") that contributes to the unique characteristics of sherry. Fino is mainly marked by almond notes, while Manzanilla is more floral in aroma, but either is sure to intensify flavors and make for a bright, dynamic, sippable cocktail.