I drink pink wine, then why not pink vermouth? Martini “Rosato” was introduced to the American market last summer. I first encountered it at a vermouth tasting conducted by Carl Sutton of Sutton Cellars held at The Boston Shaker last fall. (My post about that wonderful event may be read here.) The attendees, including myself, were all quite taken with the wine. Yet, it was fall, cooler weather had arrived and drinking this pink vermouth felt out of place for me. Now, warmer weather has finally returned and summery – and pink – libations are again in order.
“Rosato” is a blend of red and white wines, flavored with pomegranate, raspberry, cinnamon and lemon. The experience of drinking it is an adventure for the palate. Initially, the sweet fruit flavors – reminiscent of a popsicle (!) – dominate but give way to the bitterness of the lemon. The acidity is mouth-watering and quite refreshing.
Serve it over ice – neat – or finished with a bit of soda, garnished with a citrus twist. Either way, a perfect aperitif for a hot summer’s day.
As you prepare your home bar for summer, consider adding “Rosato” to your inventory. And, as we do at Wine Dine With Us, “think pink”!
Martini “Rosato” $9.99
Kappy’s 10 Revere Beach Parkway Medford, MA