THL: What is it?
Carpano Antica Formula is the premium, Italian sweet vermouth, and it’s made in small quantities.
THL: Why should you try it?
Italians still know how to do vermouth best. Often a prominent cocktail component, it is also perfect on its own before your meal. The secret to any vermouth is to treat it well, store it well, and drink it well.
THL: Who makes it?
Infinium Spirits out of California owns the Carpano brand, which originated in Italy in 1870.
THL: What does it taste like?
toffee, cloves, orange zest
THL: How should you drink it?
A Manhattan or a Negroni are the go-to for any sweet vermouth cocktail. If you want to deviate from the norm, try the Hanky Panky. It is equal parts Gin (Beefeater is the preferred), Carpano Antica Formula, and Fernet Branca.