After we tackled the Sugar Free Sweet Vermouth, it only took a little more research and experimentation to perfect the Sugar Free Dry Vermouth!
Now we can look forward to dry martinis (stirred, not shaken, despite Bond theory!), as well as other delicious cocktails, but without the carbs, without the sugar, and without the wine, but with all the delicious flavorings of an authentic Dry Vermouth!
Our friends at Starwest Botanicals were, again, a big help in making this basic cocktail component come to life!
Sugar Free Dry Vermouth
- 2 grams wormwood
- 2 grams fresh oregano
- 1/4 tspn dried chamomile flowers
- 1 vanilla bean, sliced down the center and opened up
- 1 gram dried orange peel
- 1 sprig fresh sage
- 1 sprig fresh basil
- 1 sprig fresh thyme
- 1 teaspoon cardamom pods (crushed)
- 1/2 cup Everclear 151 (75% grain alcohol) (plus a little extra for later)
- 1 cup E&J Brandy
- 3.5 cups water
- 1/4 cup Splenda
- 4.5 tspn Red Wine Vinegar (make sure to look at the label and verify no sugar was added)
First, crush the cardamom with a mortar and pestle. Then, place all the herbs, the crushed cardamom, and orange peel in a glass bowl with a sealable top. Pour on the everclear and gently macerate everything in the alcohol with a wooden spoon (please don’t use the mortar as you’ll crack or chip the glass container. That is definitely not Good Eats.)
Place the lid on the container and store in a dark location for 24 hours, shaking every few hours. Once the herbs are done steeping, pour everything into a cheesecloth lined glass container and squeeze out all the liquid into a bowl.
Measure the volume of the herb-infused alcohol. If it is less than the pre-requisite half cup (which it should be by a little), bring the volume back up to 1/2 cup with more everclear.
Since there will still probably be some particulate after the cheesecloth treatment, we recommend putting the liquid through a strainer, then again through a coffee filter with a funnel, which can be dripped directly into the 1 Liter container of choice.
Once the herb-infused alcohol has been placed in the final container, add in the splenda, water, brandy, and red wine vinegar (the funnel is handy for this step as well).
And done! This is a wonderfully herby concoction that can be directly compared to the real thing! But now, no sugar, no carb, and no wine!