Vermouth takes off


American food, wine, spirits and travel writer Brian Freedman shares his enthusiasm for a whole new drinks category. 

My wife and I still refer to a life-changing Saturday five years ago as The Night of the Cocktail. It was 10 pm, we’d finally got our newborn daughter to bed, and had just settled into the first movie we would watch since the arrival of Sophie several months earlier. My phone rang just as we began tucking into the popcorn, and I was greeted by the voice of my friend Ryan, telling me that he had an emergency, and that I...