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The Book of Vermouth

The Book of Vermouth

A Bartender and a Winemaker Celebrate the World's Greatest Aperitif

Hardie Grant


By Shaun Byrne, By Gilles Lapalus


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The Book of Vermouth is a celebration of the greatest cocktail staple – a mixer that is riding a growing wave of popularity around the world. It includes up to 100 modern and classical cocktail recipes – but is more than a cocktail book too, offering history and insight to botanicals, and the perspective of key chefs who like to cook with vermouth as much as they like to drink it.

The authors – one a winemaker, the other a bartender – bring personality to the book via their distinct takes on what makes vermouth so special.

The book includes two main sections: Vermouth Basics and How to Drink. Vermouth Basics will give a comprehensive guide to the essentials of vermouth – grape varieties, production, varieties, botanicals, spirit and sugar, and go into great detail about the history of Australian vermouth in particular. It will include botanical profiles of both indigenous and traditional plants from Tim Entwistle, botanist at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Melbourne. It will cover all aspects of wormwood: the key ingredient in making vermouth, including medicinal and historical uses, where it is found and its botanical significance. How to Drink will cover the many different ways to serve, drink and store vermouth.

Chapters will cover Vermouth Neat, Vermouth in Spring, Vermouth in Summer, Vermouth in Autumn and Vermouth in Winter, as well as Bitter Edge of Vermouth, Stirred & Up, Vermouth Party and After Dinner. These chapters will be more recipe-focused, and include 10–15 recipes per chapter, drawing from each season's specific botanicals and how these work with different vermouths. Each season will also include a related food recipe.

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Pages: 208 pp;
Format: Hardcover
Publication: August 2018
ISBN: 9781743793992
Gilles Lapalus has wine flowing through his veins. The third generation of a wine-producing family from the Cluny region of Burgundy, Gilles embarked on a prestigious wine making career that has taken him across three decades to the French regions of Burgundy, Languedoc, Medoc, and Beaujolais, and further afield to Tuscany, Campania, Chili and Australia. In 2001, he moved to Australia to become the manager of biodynamic viticulture and winemaking at Sutton Grange Winery near Castlemaine, central Victoria. Five years ago, he established boutique Australian vermouth brand Maidenii with business partner Shaun Byrne.

Shaun Byrne has developed his love and understanding of the beverage industry through a rich career at some of Australia's best bars. It was while managing Melbourne institution Gin Palace that he met Gilles, and they quickly established that Shaun's cocktail experience and self-professed bar geekery was the perfect complement to Gilles' winemaking knowledge.