The team at Italian restaurant and bar Tozi in Victoria in London have created a video demonstrating their barrel-aged cocktail – part of the drinks menu celebrating vermouth.
Introduced this summer, the Vermouth Specials Menu has been designed to showcase the Italian fortified wine, whether served as an aperitif and neat over ice or mixed in a cocktail.
The video, featuring bar manager Stefano Meloni, covers the bar’s Sir Negroni, priced £8.50. This house signature serve is intensified after being aged in an oak barrel for a month and is served straight from the barrel at the table, on the rocks with an orange twist.
The key ingredients of Bombay Sapphire Gin, Campari and Vermouth Rosso are mixed with a combination of herbs and spices for a month and a half to develop a smooth flavour and a deepened aroma over time.
Other drinks include the Monte Rosa, named after one of the highest mountains in the Alps because of its heightened flavour and ice-cold refreshing hit. It is made with both classic Cocchi Bianco and Cocchi Rosa vermouths, Bulleit Rye Whiskey and Aperol and served over ice.
Il Bugiardo is a bittersweet cocktail with a Cocchi Vermouth base plus Ocho tequila, Bénédictine liqueur and Grand Marnier liqueur, served over ice in a tumbler – described as “rather like a Mexican Negroni”.
Il Professore uses Vermouth del Professore, a perfectly aged sweet Italian vermouth named after Jerry Thomas, the legendary 19th-century bartender considered to be the father of American mixology and known to some as “The Professor”. Containing an infusion of 13 spices, the vermouth is mixed with Plantation 3 Stars White Rum, Galliano and St Germain elderflower liqueur, with a subtle bitterness and a smooth but punchy finish.
Tozi’s own house vermouth is used for the Tozi Spritz, combined with Cynar bitter liqueur, rosemary and a dash of ginger ale, making a light serve with a sophisticated twist.