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Story by Tom Johnson; Photography by Heather Wibbels


“Like whiskey, vermouth is a complicated drink with subtleties and broad stylistic variations that make tasting and comparison a joy. It is sweeter than whiskey, but not egregiously so… At its best, it is expressive of the time and place of its making, and when splashed into a shot of whiskey, it opens a whole new world of variation and possibility for both the vermouth and the whiskey.” —Excerpt from the feature “Vermouth Mixes it Up” by Tom Johnson

Recipes originally published in the Winter 2022 issue of Bourbon+.


  • 1.5 ounces bourbon 

  • 0.75 ounce dry vermouth

  • 0.75 ounce Campari

  • Lemon twist, for garnish


Stir the ingredients in a mixing glass filled with ice. Strain into a chilled glass, and garnish with a lemon twist. The cocktail can also be served on the rocks, and a little splash of soda livens it up.

Tom Johnson
Official Contributor
Tom Johnson is a magazine and television writer and former bartender based in Louisville, Kentucky. As a trainer for the Aroma Academy US, he teaches both enthusiasts and professionals how to properly nose and assess fine wines and spirits. He also dabbles in politics, consulting with campaigns at every level of government.