Casa Mariol’s fantastic Vermut
– even the good people of the Financial Times are talking about it now!
By Paul Richardson
In trend-obsessed Barcelona, vermouth has taken over from gin and tonic as the tipple of the moment.
Saturday morning in Barcelona: the summer sun is already heating up the pavements. In the musty cool of a barrel-lined cellar, I crave a glass of wine but what I’m offered is even better. A glass of vermouth with ice, fizzed up with soda from the siphon, arrives with a series of salty appetite-whetting snacks.
In other parts of Europe, vermouth seems a superannuated drink, its image a dodgy mixture of international glam (remember Martini, “the bright one, the right one”?) and 1970s suburban drinks parties. On the international hipness scale, vermouth is down there with Kahlúa, Cointreau and sweet Cyprus sherry.