In restaurants throughout the Basque Country, a weekend meal begins with a ceremonial vermouth service. Decanters of vermouth are presented on a tray with ice, sparkling water, olives, wedges of cut citrus, and two small bitters bottles: one full of Campari and the other filled with London Dry Gin. Each guest dictates their preferred garnish and ingredients, which the waiter then serves tableside. Acha’s classically Basque vermouth syncs beautifully with the broader vermouth tradition in Spain, heavily represented in Madrid, Barcelona, and the Basque Country. The botanicals are macerated in aguardiente – produced in a 130 year-old copper pot still – and blended into a neutral Airén wine base.
Tasting Notes: Acha Blanco has a distinct profile, bringing together fresh floral notes (think honeysuckle and elderflower) with their signature green herbal bitterness. Finishes with a soft Bazooka bubblegum note that is both exciting and familiar.
Pairing Notes: Acha’s Blanco vermouth is an incredible pairing for bright, citrus-forward gins – try it with Suze for a White Negroni – as well as blanco tequila, vodka, Luxardo maraschino, Green Chartreuse, fino sherry, and Do Ferreiro Orujo.