Carpano Punt e Mes vermouth has a flavor much different from other vermouths, very herbal and bitter, says ted. When making a Manhattan, “I’m almost tempted to not use bitters or just a tiny bit with this vermouth,” says ted.

MC Slim JB thinks different vermouths make the world go round. In addition to Punt e Mes, he recommends seeking out Vya, a California sweet vermouth with a complex, subtle mix of added botanicals. Carpano Antica Formula is another great choice, made by the same people who produce Punt e Mes. It’s “allegedly re-creating the world’s first commercial recipe for vermouth,” says MC Slim JB, and like Punt e Mes, it’s great to drink by itself.

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