“Vermouth is a must-have book for anyone who is serious about cocktails. Adam Ford guides the reader masterfully from the historical beginnings of aromatized wines to an understanding and appreciation of contemporary vermouth. I wish this book was available to my generation of bartenders when we were starting out.”

– DUSHAN ZARIC, Employees Only and The 86 Co.


“Adam Ford invites us all to fall in love with vermouth by teaching us about its rich history and expounding on its future. My advice is to first skip to the cocktail recipes and make yourself a drink, because this book will make you thirsty for more.”

– SOTHER TEAGUE, Amor Y Amargo


Vermouth has been the sleeping tiger of the drinks world for decades, but no longer--Adam Ford finally gives this venerable stuff the detailed attention it so deserves.

Paul Clarke, Imbibe executive editor and author of "The Cocktail Chronicles"


The unparalleled flourish of the modern American cocktail and spirits world has been as much about innovation as it is re-discovery, with the dusting off of vermouth a primary piece of that rebirth. Adam Ford is no mere tinkerer or dabbler, dipping a toe into this heady realm that captivates so many of us. Instead, he has been an important leader in the American vermouth movement from the inside out. Not only does Ford craft one of the country's more outstanding fortified wines, he also tool on the mantel of historical researcher, digging up facts and information to illuminate the very kernel and core of vermouth's fascinating beginnings. In these pages, you will not only delve deep into the aromatic intrigue of vermouth's ancient past, you'll be able to do it while sipping on a cocktail via the spot-on recipes he provides. It's a must for any lover of spirited and cocktail lore.

– Amy Zavatto, Author of the Architecture of the Cocktail