Direct from France, from the makers of Ciroc Vodka comes a new group of Vermouth using selected wines and Pineau des Charantes, a regional specialty from the west coast of France. La Quintinye Vermouth Royal comes in 3 varietals, including the rouge which is what I recently had the pleasure of trying.
Vermouth is an essential ingredient in many cocktails. The Rouge is a deliciously complex vermouth made from a base of 28 botanicals which adds an herbal twist when mixed in a cocktail. It does however standup well used in a Negroni and also a Manhattan. I tried it in a Boulevardier Cocktail, and loved the spice it added to the drink. The Boulevardier is a variation of the classic Negroni using the same formula but swapping out the gin for rye.
The Boulevardier Cocktail
1 oz Campari
1 oz La Quintinye Vermouth Royal Sweet vermouth, Rouge
1 oz Rye Whiskey
1 Orange twist for garnish
Add all the ingredients to a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake to combine.
Stir, and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with an orange twist.
I received product for writing this post, but all opinions are my own.