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The Groundhog Day “Sweet Vermouth On The Rocks With A Twist”


This is one of my favorite movies ever. Bill Murray plays Phil Connors, a weatherman and continual a-hole with contempt for everything and everyone. Connors is forced to relive the same day in the small town of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania over and over. In an attempt to score with his producer Phil is forced to drink sweet vermouth on the rocks with a twist, her favorite drink and a cocktail he obviously detests. According to the director Harold Ramis, Phil has to relive the day for about ten years. So here is a tribute to the ten years of Phil’s imbibing his most repudiated drink.

Vermouth is a basic white wine fortified with brandy and infused with an array of herbs, flowers, seeds, fruit peels and other botanicals that give it a unique flavor. Though generally avoided straight in America, many Europeans enjoy Vermouth as an aperitif.

The Groundhog Day Vermouth Cocktail
With a Double Old-Fashion cocktail glass filled with ice, pour sweet vermouth over ice. Stir and twist lemon peel over the glass. Serve with a cocktail straw and lemon twist as garnish


  1. Brian | Wednesday, January 21, 2009

    The things I would do if I lived the same day over and over again .. ha

  2. David J | Thursday, January 22, 2009

    Got used to having ‘el vermú’ in Barcelona, where traditional serving cuts the sweet with a big olive & maybe a dash of bitters (not Angostura, the pink stuff that Campari has made notorious). Why didn’t I try to talk a bartender into devising a cocktail with some absinthe??

  3. jbinthesun | Thursday, January 22, 2009

    Americans back in the day would swish some vermouth in a glass and pour it out then add vodka or gin to make the maritini. Nowadays, the swish is gone…
    Makes me wonder how vermouth tastes and more importantly –
    What’s it smell like!!!!!!

  4. Sherri | Friday, January 23, 2009

    I love one of these in the summertime. Just one, though; the herbaceous qualities tame the sweetness, but are hard to take in great quantity–and don’t forget the twist–the acidity of the lemon adds to it’s refreshing nature. Start with this, then segue to a little champagne–summer can’t be better.
    Did I mention it’s cheap?

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