Z Line Vermouth: The Botanicals

Vermouth: Aromatized and Fortified Wine Vermouth can be aromatized with any botanical product, which makes for a vast and rich field of possible flavors. When I set out to collaborate on a vermouth with family friend and farmer Sam Merwin, I knew the botanicals would tell a story: a story of his family’s farm and…

Vermouth Storytelling: ASFS 2020

It has become a familiar feeling in 2020: the wrenching heartbreak of hearing a long-awaited in-person gathering has been cancelled.  Even if one knows it to be the only choice, it stings to mourn the loss of one more thing. That’s why I was delighted when when my favorite annual Food Studies conference was moved…

Decisions, Decisions: Winemaking

Before I could make Z Line Vermouth, I needed wine (vermouth’s base ingredient). Though a total novice, I hoped to make the wine myself. My friend Sam is a fourth generation farmer who has started growing chardonnay grapes under contract in the last five years.  Sam graciously allowed me to harvest 100 pounds of grapes…

Basic Vermouth Recipe

This is a general recipe for crafting vermouth in a home kitchen. It’s flexible to the volume of vermouth you would like to make and to the ingredients you have at hand or would like to use. For more vermouth commentary on this site, click here. Ingredients: 2-10 bottles of wine White or red; I…

Frappé, or: my quarantine coffee

Frappé is the ideal quarantine coffee: made of shelf-stable ingredients and designed to pass the time. As the Dalgona coffee craze sweeps Instagram, it is clear folks are looking for ways to spend their time at home by preparing food and drink (see also: sourdough starters). Dalgona coffee (whipped instant coffee, sugar, and hot water…