Lyre’s Aperitif Rosso (Red Vermouth)
Impossibly crafted to capture the essence of an aromatic Vermouth Rosso with flavors that are distinct and contemporary.
Lyre's spirits don't just mimic, they have their own distinction as a premium, non-alcoholic beverage.
What does it taste like?
- On the nose this vermouth alternative offers citrus, almond and exotic vanilla with dried fruit enhanced by savoury, saffron like elements.
- The taste will deliver a rich mouthful of flavors that follows the bouquet with blood orange and vanilla taking the lead. Caramel, citrus pith and cacoa brings balance, adding to the mouth coating mid-palate.
- Lyre’s Aperitif Rosso is best when used with other spirits, we recommend using it to make non-alcoholic or lower alcohol Negronis, Manhattans, or different variations of the Spritz
- Always reseal the bottle with original cap after opening. Do not leave bottle open or replace cap with pourer. Once open, best refrigerated for optimum freshness. Recommended to be consumed within 12 weeks of opening.
Good to know
- Imported from Australia
- Vermouth alternative
- 700ml bottle
- Nut Free & Gluten Free
- 4.2gr of sugar per 30ml serving
- 59 calories per 100ml serving
- Contains less than 0.5% alcohol
Ingredients: Water, Non-Alcoholic Fermented Grape Juice Concentrate, Sugar, Natural flavoring, Caramel Sugar Syrup, Colouring Concentrate From Carrot, Preservative: Postassium Sorbate, Stabiliser: Cellulose Gum (E466), Acid: Citric Acid.
For me this has a strongly citrus note with fair bit of sweetness to it and should be quite usable in places where you might use a vermouth. However, for my taste, it's really missing more of the mild bitterness and herbal/floral notes a really nice red vermouth will have. They are there, they are just not as strong as I would like and I think in a tonic they seem to get lost a little too easily compared to a good vermouth. I don't think the vanilla is as noteworthy here as the tasting notes would seem to imply, but that's not necessarily a bad thing.
In any case using as a straight vermouth (neat, at least) I don't think it's really usable that way, which is perfectly fine. Most of these "replacement" versions seem to be primarily meant for use as a mixer with the original spirit being a guide for how it might be used. It may be more passable on the rocks, however, perhaps with a splash of lime, but you may need to use a shaker or otherwise add a bit of water to thin out the sweetness just tad. A decent contender, but so far I prefer Versin (which I don't believe is sold here, unfortunately, but which is sweeter and definitely is not very usable straight, either neat or on the rocks, IMHO, but makes some dynamite cocktails... half and half with a cucumber soda is phenomenal!) I have read reviews suggesting this mixes well with Lyre's Italian Spritz (Aperol) and Soda to make a nice NA-groni. I did not order any of the Spritz so I could not really say how well that works, but it may be worth considering.
We used this as a sweet vermouth in a couple of cocktails, and it did not disappoint! Complex flavors of sweet and mildly tart and then bitter gave the drinks exactly what we are looking for to wind down after a long day. Love it and will definitely be ordering more!