October 15th, 2011
Vermouth could be described as a fortified or tonic wine, made with herbs and some additional, stronger alcohol, drunk medicinally until the latter half of the 19th Century, where it then became popular in cocktails, such as the vodka martini. There are red and white vermouths, sweet and dry. I particularly like the house red, poured from a tap like beer and served ice cold with an olive.
I believe Oli’s favourite of the three bars is the small one (pictured), in the middle of the street. To go with the vermouth, they serve little tapas, such as anchovies, olives and mussels.
Cala del Vermut is at: Carrer de les Magdalanes, 6, 08002, Barcelona.
Further info on Barcelona Vermut bars.