4 to try: vermouth cocktails

These bitter-edged cocktails will leave you feeling anything but

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Often overlooked in a long list of ingredients, vermouth provides a devilishly bitter foundation for some of the world’s most revered cocktails – not to mention a playful springboard for creative mixology. Find it in these four drinks around town.

Blossom martini at The Black Moth

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The bevvies at The Black Moth are all works of art and the award- winning Blossom Martini (100RMB) is no exception. The pale pink number looks sweet and unassuming but is a woozy combo of gin, dry vermouth and peach blossom wine with a globe of super-chilled sakura jelly plopped in the middle to keep it all cold.

Punt e Mes spritz at Nina

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Spritzes and negronis run the show at recently launched Beiluoguxiang bar Nina. The Punt e Mes spritz (70RMB) contains prosecco, soda and a healthy splash of the drink’s namesake vermouth, and is garnished with cherries for a hint of sweetness.

Le Figaro: 9pm at Press Release

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At Press Release the décor is all neon lights, retro typewriters and arty indie magazines. Owner Issey Lin recommends the Le Figaro: 9pm (70RMB), a mix of Cocchi vermouth and cognac, livened up with sprigs of thyme and a chunk of fresh lemon.

Frozen negroni at Janes and Hooch

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The negroni: so popular it even has its own week. Try a slushie version made for summer that comes garnished with a toy dinosaur and lollipop but packs the same bitter punch that drinkers have come to love. This cocktail (80RMB) is part of the Janes and Hooch’s Qui Si Beve pop-up and is available through the end of September.

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