White vermouth wine
If you’ve ever found yourself wondering why bottles of Cinzano or Martini feature in pretty much any house bar, you’ll need to try this. Ferdinand Probst’s “vermouth wine” answers any and all questions as to why vermouth has become such a classic. The recipe dates back 100 years to the one Rudolf discovered in his father’s safe and was created by Ferdinand Probst, purveyor of fine spirits to the imperial Austrian court. A great Grüner Veltiner makes up the basis, then Rudolf adds extracts of herbs and spices, among them woodruff. The result is fresh, vivid and lightly bitter, boasting only subtle sweetness. Great for mixing, of course, although we prefer to have it pure, poured over a large ice cube. That way you get a sense of its full, complex character.