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Corto (the bar) is opening on Friday 4th June!!

We have a date! We’ve set it! The day is nearly here!

Corto will open on Friday 4th June 2021.

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Opening Hours from June 4th

Friday 4th June: 12pm – 11pm

Saturday 5th June: 12pm – 11pm

Sunday 6th June: 12pm – 10pm

Thursday 10th June: 12pm – 10pm

Friday 11th June: 12pm – 11pm

Saturday 12th June: 12pm – 11pm

Sunday 13th June: 12pm – 10pm

*We can seat tables of up to 6 people due to current Covid guidelines*

More fun details to come!

We’ve got a ton of ace announcements to make between now and our Grand Opening Weekend (unofficial title) so keep your scrolling to a minimum and look out for more news on our Instagram, Twitter and Facebook pages.

Also, if you’ve not signed up to our newsletter yet, make sure you get involved! That’s where all our most exciting news gets broken first.

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We’re shutting down the Corto webshop — and we’d love to tell you why

From the start, Corto was meant to be a place to chill. Somewhere deliciously relaxed and vibey, where we could pour drinks and serve snacks, run tasting events and generally have a great time.

A webshop is none of that.

Webshops done well are great sources of excellent products, run by people who have the time and expertise to upload fresh drops on the daily, keep everyone up-to-date, and maybe even have the warehousing space to buy in large numbers to pass savings on to customers. They almost certainly have the resources to ship their products cross-country (something we never really figured out how to do inexpensively and quickly — sorry Clitheroe post office).

The Corto webshop was a means to an end — a way to keep connected to you while we were ford to close over the third lockdown at Christmas. It was a quickly-built site that did the job well (and we were super proud to have been able to do it all by our clever little selves) but it was never our intention to keep it going. It was a temporary fix, and that word “temporary” is important to us.

It meant that closures and lockdowns wouldn’t last forever. It means that someday, and that day is getting closer, we won’t be a shop at all. 

Corto (the Shop) as it currently is

Now that we’ve been able to open our little shopfront for a couple of weeks and been able to talk to you about whether you like using click and collect, we’ve made the decision to close our webshop for good. It turns out you don’t like click and collect. You prefer coming in for a chat. This is great! So do we prefer that!!

Katie especially hated updating the webshop because it reminded her of all the digital marketing jobs she used to do. All that metadata. No thank you.

Owning your own business is a responsibility, but it also means that every now and again you have the absolute authority to not do things you hate.

So GOODBYE, CORTO WEBSHOP! It’s been real. But we’re ready for the next thing now.


Your Reviews

We want to take a sec here to say thank you so much for all your amazing reviews. They were pretty much the only part of the webshop we loved. 

We’ve kept them for posterity, they meant that much to us.

If you’d like to keep leaving reviews for us, please remember that there is always Google and Facebook! But also, message us. DM us. We always want to know what you thought of that thing you bought — especially if you loved it.

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Corto May Bank Holiday Opening Times — come and visit!

This bank holiday we’re open on Friday and Saturday for take-out beer, wine and cider. So come and visit us for some delicious bevs and a bit of a chat!

May Bank Holiday Opening Times

Friday 30 April – 11am — 7pm

Saturday 1 May – 11am — 2pm

Sunday 2 May – CLOSED

Bank Holiday Monday – CLOSED

We are closing early on Saturday 1 May and closed on Sunday 2 May and Bank Holiday Monday because we’re going camping. No excuses here! The building work is going great, we’re on schedule (more on that next week!) and we’re excited to get decorating. We’ve decided that before we open the bar we need a proper break. We haven’t stopped for months, especially Katie, who alongside Corto works as a writer and an editor.

Camping is gonna be boss. We’ll send you some pics.

New In Stock

While we’re here, have a look at some of the freshies we’ve got in stock!

Belching Beaver x Deftones – Phantom Bride

Deftones-branded beer. A gimmick? Yeah, but so what. It’s DEFTONES-BRANDED BEER.

A lip-smacking west coast IPA clear, crisp and precise like Abe’s drumming and bitter-as-you-like. Swiftly drinkable and totally delicious.

Yeastie Boys and North End Brewery

We’re big fans of Yeastie Boys. Does that surprise you?

They may have a core range in supermarkets but their beers are always on point. Also, their ethos is banging — they are good people, making good beer, working hard to do good things.

We were invited to a tasting they ran alongside fellow New Zealand brewery North End a couple of months back and we just loved their story and the brilliant mixed ferm beers they’d created.

So, of course, we nabbed a few for our shelves.

Yeastie Boys x North End — West Moon

An old ale made with the old British brewing technique of boiling the grist for a long period of time to leech all that flavourful malty strength from it and bring it to a deep colour. When we say this beer was boiled for a long time, we mean looooong. They stayed up all night, watching the wort turn from straw-pale to deep copper as it caramelised in the kettle. 

Then, the wort was inoculated with a strain of wild yeast cultured with love and care (honestly, head brewer Kieran Haslatt-Moore couldn’t have been more excited about this when he was chatting about making the beer) from a 1977 bottle of Bass Jubilee Ale.

West Moon was put to bed in 500L oak puncheons to referment with the wild yeast for 6 months.

What’s happened in that time is magical. A beautifully tangy, deeply earthy and leathery beer reaches your tastebuds and chucks fun little flavours in every direction. Fruit! Toffee! Toast! 

But it gets better with age. That’s the idea. Kieran told us that West Moon was brewed to be laid down in cellar and aged, and to be brought out and enjoyed on a special occasion — just as old ales were in the past. Old ales were a present on a birthday, a gift to mark the birth of a baby or given to celebrate a promotion, and then enjoyed years later on the baby’s 18th birthday, or years later whenever drinking delicious beer with loved ones was the order of the day.

On the label is a painting of a photo of Kieran as a baby with his dad, a special image for him and an homage to his deep belief that beer should be enjoyed with the people you love.

We’ve got a bottle for ourselves stashed away for a special occasion way in the future. One we’ve not even decided on yet. But also, drinking together with people you love is a special occasion in itself — which is why we’ve already had one. Drink the beer. You only live once.

North End Brewing — Saison de Terroir

Another beauty from North End, we were absolutely thrilled to be able to grab a case of this deliciously delicate farmhouse sour beer.

They say: “We have helped add a big dose of ‘terroir’ into this beer by taking our Saison and re-fermenting it in barrels with a blend of wild yeasts from Waikanae. The result is tangy, lightly tart and extremely fruity.”

On top of these we’ve got a load of super special bottles stashed away for our opening weekend (which we’ll announce the dates of in NEXT WEEK’S NEWSLETTER. Subscribe now if you don’t already so you don’t miss out.) 

Did somebody say… Rose de Gambrinus?

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Brewing up a storm with Rivington Brewing Co. and Exchange Coffee Co.

Exciting beer-related news everyone! We’re collaborating with Rivington Brewing Co. to brew a unique beer for our opening at the end of May — with the help of local tea and coffee company Exchange Coffee Co..

After months of operating as a delivery service and as a bottle shop, we’re super chuffed to be almost ready to open. We’ve not announced our grand opening weekend dates yet because we want to be absolutely sure we won’t be delayed by last minute building work or government lockdown surprises. But, we will be announcing it soon. Make sure you’re signed up to our newsletter to hear about it first.

Brewing with Rivington Brewing Co.

We’re collabing with Rivington to make a Belgian Wit with a citrussy twist, using Orange Oolong Tea from Exchange Coffee Co. in Clitheroe to give it a citrus boost. Ideal with El Dorado, the delightfully fruity, orangey hops we’ve used.

The beer will be available in pubs and bars around the North West from late May in cans and in some kegs too, and will also be poured at the Rivington Brewing Co. tap room at Home Farm, Rivington.

Opening Corto has been a long time coming, especially after the disaster that was 2020, and we’re really excited to be able to create a beer to celebrate its opening weekend with a brewery we rate so highly. When we open we’ll have their flagship Pale Ale “Never Known Fog Like It” on a permanent draught line at Corto, exclusive to us within Clitheroe.

Rivington are up there with the best breweries in the country for us — the fact that they’re local is absolutely ace! We’re so lucky to have them so close by and to be able to count them as friends.

The yet-to-be-named beer brewed by Rivington Brewing Co. and Corto will be available in can as well as keg in local independent bars and bottle shops later this Spring.

Corto’s opening date will be announced at the beginning of May. Anyone interested in making reservations should sign up to the Corto newsletter via where opening announcements will be made first.

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Corto (The Shop) Lives Again! It’s Alive!

Just like Frankenstein’s monster, we’re back. Of course, it’s only Frankenstein’s monster if it was built from body parts in or near Geneva — otherwise it’s just a sparkling reanimated corpse.

Today we’re opening our lil door on King Street, Clitheroe from 12pm — 6pm, offering real life recommendations and full-on chats for the first time in, ooh, four months? Come in and talk to us about your fave beers, wine and cider that you’ve tried since then. We want to talk to you!! It’s been too long!

Opening Hours

Friday 16 April: 12pm — 6pm

Saturday 17 April 12pm — 6pm

Sunday 18 April 12pm — 4pm

What’s the plan, then?

As you know, we’re a bar. That’s the main thing to remember. Our shop is temporary, but for now, it’s all we’ve got, so we’re making the best of it.

From this weekend we’re reopening as a shop while building work continues on our bar area. This means that in the next few weeks we may need to move our opening times around to fit in with the building schedule — we hope you can bear with us. You should see the plans. It’ll be totally worth it.

The shop will be fully stocked with amazing beer, natural wine and natural cider, from independent producers and brewers. What’s even more exciting is that this time around we can offer tasters, so make sure you pop by for a wee drop of something cool. It’s not exactly table service, but it’s a start!

By the end of May we’re hoping to be open fully as a bar, and the bottle shop will be no more. Stay tuned for announcements about this in the coming weeks. Our newsletter subscribers will be the first to hear about our opening dates so if you’re not already signed up, what are you waiting for?

Deliveries are Over. Come and Visit!

We’re no longer operating our delivery service. Now that the shop is open again, we can’t operate both at the same time.

We are, however, enabling click and collect via our webshop, so if you feel more comfortable with a contactless system please continue to order online and we’ll pack it up and leave it for you by the door or at your car.

See you soon! Can’t wait!

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Our Final Deliveries This Weekend. The End Of A Mini-Era!

Lockdown restrictions are easing next week. You know that already. The pubs are opening, we’ve been counting down the days, and we’re sure you have too!

We never planned to open during the first phase of re-opening for a couple of reasons. Firstly, we don’t have outdoor space that would be enjoyable to sit in — the pavement is too narrow, it would cause too many tuttings and congestions. Secondly, our building work was always planned to continue through this time, and we can’t really expect you to come in and enjoy yourselves while all the powertools in the world rave on in the background.

Better to wait, and open when we’re as near to perf as possible.

Launching Corto Click and Collect, and Re-Launching the Kiosk

While we get ready for opening (not long now! More news coming soon!) we’re re-launching the Corto kiosk.

Pop by every Friday and Saturday from 12pm — 6pm and Sunday from 12pm — 4pm to come in and BUY STUFF IRL!

We’ll be there to help with recommendations, to refill growlers and refillable wine bottles, and just to have a right good catch-up. Come and chat to us. We’ve missed you!

We’ll also be offering click and collect, so come by to pick up your orders during the kiosk opening times and we’ll have them ready for you.

Having Time to do the Things We Love

A big part of why both of us decided to open our own business was to give us the opportunity to pursue things we love in life. Corto is a huge part of our life now, and we’re planning to make sure we give it all of our best energy. That means setting boundaries, and opening at times that work for you and for us too.

This is our way of saying that we’re not opening on Monday because we’ll be at the pub. 

Our opening times will be updated on our website, on Google and available on our Instagram, Twitter and Facebook profiles. So don’t worry, there should never be a time when you turn up expecting to come in and we’re not there!

Looking forward to seeing you at the shop soon x

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Get to Know Strata Brewing Co. — Ace Craft Beer From Whitworth, Lancs

Strata - Thalweg

If you’re familiar with Strata Brewing Co. already, you’ll know that Andy Morrison started brewing his delicious beers in Bolton as part of Rammy Craft Brewery. Since then, he’s gone solo, starting up cuckoo brewery Strata Brewing Co. and moved into Mighty Medicine’s 10bl brewery in Whitworth, Lancashire.

It’s been a while since we caught up with Andy, so we decided to hop on Zoom and ask him how his day was going. 

Strata Brewing Co - Thalweg at Corto, Clitheroe

Hi Andy! It’s been a long time since either of us came to visit you on a brew day. What’s been going on in Strata world since your move from Bolton?

“Since Bolton I got speaking to a friend with a bar in Rochdale called The Medicine Tap. He’s got a 10bl brewery just outside of Rochdale in a town called Whitworth, and he asked me if I’d like to lease it as a cuckoo brewery.”

“It’s quite a traditional cask-style brewery, with these big tall tanks. They’re massive actually. A lot of people think you need shiny, conical tanks to make trendy beer, but I’ve been having a lot of fun brewing beer that’s become fashionable in the ways they were originally made — using Boddies yeast in an open-top fermenter, finding workarounds to make what I want with the equipment that I have.”

“I’m given free reign in the brewery which is really cool, and so I’m enjoying finding ways to use it differently. Tweaks, not bodges. A friend called it “stoner engineering”— those quick fixes and overrides to overcome challenges in the brew. The brewer who was here before me used to do the same thing, and he was old-school. To keep the seal for one of the fermenters in place he’d used a split hosepipe as a sort-of guard. Worked a treat.”

It’s great to see you picking up momentum again. How have you been since lockdown 1?

“Last January was big; I got through to the Indy Man Beer Con Thirsty Games final, I had some wicked collabs organised, some beer festivals books that I was really excited about, and then obviously it all just fell away.”

“Everything being cancelled last year was a bit gutting because I’d felt so good about 2020 at the start of the year. But, it’s happened, and I just hope it all picks up again once everyone’s vaccinated and stuff.”

“So since lockdown I’ve been concentrating on canning and small-pack: things like bag-in-box have been quite popular with my regulars. But honestly, I’ve only done about 6 brews since the first lockdown. I’ve not been eligible for any government grants or financial help of ay sort, so it’s been quite tough just brewing when I needed to and keeping the business going on a shoestring.”

“It’s a little frustrating at the moment just brewing bits and pieces, you can’t really release a full representation of what you’re about. I just want to get back brewing!”

What are you most looking forward to brewing and releasing into the world?

“I’m looking forward to brewing the latest iteration of my Vietnamese Coffee Porter. It always goes down really well. Vietnamese coffee is just one of these things that I really like, and I don’t know why more people don’t brew with it! The chocolatey taste you get from the coffee beans is delicious.”

“I’m also hoping I can bring my hoppy pale Strike out in keg, I think it’ll work really, really well. It’s only 3.6% ABV but the Vienna malt in the base gives it much more body than you’d expect. I use Mosaic and Centennial for it which I love — it’s untrendy but I like it!”

What have you been enjoying brewing recently?

“It was Strata’s first birthday in August, so I got hold of some brand new Strata hops (we were named Strata first!) and made a single hop Strata pale. I really enjoyed that one, and I want to make it again.”

“Also, for the Independent Salford Beer Festival I brewed Tutoku, a 4.5% NZ Pale, which was hopped with a field blend of different New Zealand hops from an organic hop farm over there. I really enjoyed how this beer turned out and I love the idea of field blended hops. I wish more hop growers and companies did it. I used a blend of London ESB — a Fuller’s yeast — and Windsor yeasts to create these like, stone fruit esters and I was just really, really happy with it.”

“Thalweg is my Cascade pale, and in it I use Cascade and Idaho 7, which is actually related to Cascade, it’s like a modern version of it. I enjoy finding ways to brew modern, progressive beer but keeping to the aspects of old-school or more trad beers that made them so good. Thalweg is old-meets-new, a gateway beer, an easy drinker, and I think it’s translated really well to can.” 

And as luck would have it, we’ve got Thalweg in can on the Corto webshop right now! Go get it!

We love Andy’s beers and we can’t wait to open Corto so we can pour them by the pint! Wishing Strata Brewing Co. all the best of luck for 2021, and we hope they get all the attention they deserve 🙂

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Introducing: Corto Fermentations, your new fave snacks

Sometimes we forget that we’ve not shared some of our biggest plans with the world. We’ve got all these ideas for Corto, but we realised the other day, we’ve not been shouting about most of them yet!

Call it apprehension, extreme secretiveness or just forgetfulness — whatever it is, it’s not that helpful when we don’t tell you what we’re up to!

So. Here we are telling you one of our biggest secrets: here’s some news about our Tasty Things!

Tasty food at Corto

Corto will not only serve drinks. Our bar is heavily inspired by tapas culture and the Izakaya bars of Japan, which means yes, there will be food!

However, we’ll be using food to accentuate the amazing craft beer, natural wine and cider on our menu. Little dishes of tasty things, not hot meals, but snacks, aimed at being delicious and adding to the experience.

Instead of coming in for a meal, we hope you’ll come by for a plate of tasty things and a glass of something delicious. Our main focus is and always will be our drinks — beer, cider and wine is where our main passions are. But you can’t beat a great plate of snackies.

Think cheese from Courtyard Dairy, Dave on the market and local farms we’re working with directly. Think ham from local producers in Settle and Ilkley. Think tapas-inspired pan con tomate, and grilled cheese sarnies hot from the panini press (Tom’s main obsession in life.) Think vegan treats from amazing independent makers. Think pickles and hot sauces… 

Which brings us to our main revelation.

Corto Fermentations

We’d like to introduce you to our happy little project, Corto Fermentations!

Tom loves bringing out the incredible flavours that come from naturally fermenting vegetables and fruit. Using his 7 years of homebrewing experience he decided that making beer was too much washing up, and instead started playing with recipes for hot sauces, kimchi, sauerkraut, pickles and other good, good stuff.

Natural ferments bring out loads of different fruity flavours within the veg and adds acidity and complexity. This is the way gherkins are traditionally made! Believe it or not, there’s no vinegar in there. (Depending where you read you might also hear about probiotic benefits… but we’re not gonna claim anything. We just like how it tastes!) 

These immense pickles and sauces will accompany most of our snacks, and are made from locally grown vegetables whenever we can get them! And when we can’t, we’re locally-sourcing them.

We’re really excited about this next part of Corto and we really hope you can come and taste some of our Corto Fermentations creations soon.

Not long now, folks. Not long now.

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Corto Opening Hours After Lockdown — What’s The Plan?

Walking around the market today, it felt like everyone was a little less anxious. We chatted to Alan the Butcher and Dave Cheese, picked up a ton of plantains from the top grocers and a motherload of onions from the Burney’s. Spring’s coming. You can tell by the daffodils in their spring onion bunches, and the way that we don’t have to wear three fleeces anymore. Spring. Is. Coming!

What’s obvious in every conversation we have is that everyone is looking forward to the dates when lockdown restrictions will be eased. 

To remind you, here’s a really cool website we found.

The “roadmap” rules click into action on the following dates:

Stage 1a: March 8th

Two people from different households can meet outside for recreation, which can include “a coffee on a bench” — we assume this also means you can have a beer if you like!

Stage 1b: March 29th

People will be allowed to meet outside, either with one other household or within the “rule of six”, including in private gardens.

You know what this means? BBQs!!

The “stay at home” rule is also set to end on this date, which means while it’s probably wise to stay as local as possible, we will be able to travel for walks. Hello favourite hills we’ve not seen in months! See you soon!

Stage 2: April 12th

On this date, all shops are allowed to open. That means we’ll probably be opening our door as a little kiosk again on this week.

Restaurants and pub gardens will be allowed to serve customers sitting outdoors, including alcohol. We don’t have any outdoor space, so catch us outside The New Inn or Beer Shack for a pint and a chat…

(Libraries also open on this date, so get finishing your books. Katie.)

Stage 3: May 17th

On this date, we can meet in groups of up to 30 outdoors. Are you thinking what we’re thinking?


Six people or two households can meet indoors too, which means: the return of the dinner party!

Super excitingly, pubs can seat customers indoors at this date too. Now, we don’t know yet what sort of distancing or other safety measures will be in place, so we can’t tell you how it’ll work at Corto yet. What we can say is this: Corto will be opening properly as a bar sometime during the week beginning Monday 17th May.

(Also indoor sports classes start up again on this date. See you at Tessa Clemson Yoga!)

Stage 4: June 21st

The big one. All legal limits will be lifted.

We’re really looking forward to this one, because it means proper bar life. Standing at the bar. Having a bit of a dance. Enjoying yourself without worrying. We can’t wait.

Corto Progress: Update

We’re on track to open Corto as a craft beer, natural wine and cider bar in May.

A lot’s going on behind the scenes, and we’re really happy to be working with Castle Joinery who are making sure our former boutique shoe shop building becomes the super-trendy bar we want it to be!

For more regular updates and pics of the ongoing build, keep checking our Instagram.

We’ll also be sending out information on our opening dates via our newsletter first, so if you want to be the first to know all the Corto goss, make sure you subscribe.

We’re still running our Corto delivery service from the kiosk while we can’t open. We deliver beer, wine and cider for free within 6 miles of Clitheroe every Friday and Saturday, and we can deliver a bit further afield if you get in touch and let us know in advance.

Keeping It Fun, Keeping It Safe

We keep reminding ourselves that while we’re super excited to be finally opening Corto as the bar of our dreams, the pandemic is far from over. We want to make sure that we’re opening only when it’s absolutely safe to do so, and that all of our guests feel super comfortable here.

We will only open our bar if we are absolutely sure it is safe. 

Corto is meant to be a chilled place to enjoy a drink. We are going to make sure it’s chilled by working extra hard to make sure we have Covid-safe measures in place. Things like:

  • Table booking in advance made available
  • All latest government guidelines will be strictly adhered to
  • Hand gel on every table
  • Hand washing facilities available for all in our unisex bathrooms
  • Staff (Tom and Katie) will wear masks and guests will be asked to too, if legislation requires it
  • Seats will be appropriately distanced from each other, and separated with screens if legislation requires it
  • All tables, fridge doors, door handles menus, and everything else you can think of will be sanitised regularly

By the time it comes to the big Corto opening week, we’re sure many more different rules will be in place in order to keep us safe. We promise that we will take every single one of these rules seriously, and implement everything that’s relevant to a bar of Corto’s size and type. We want to keep you and ourselves safe!

So until then, take care and see you soon x

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Bandarra Vermouth – It’s Red and Delicious and You Need It

Are you a vermouth person? We love it. Nigella loves it too, and honestly, whatever Nigella says should be law. 

Red vermouth, or “rosso”, has this wonderful warming character that’s ideal for early spring, when it’s sunny but there’s a bite of winter chill lingering in the air. If you’re not familiar with the drink, you might expect it to be syrupy like port, or even hot with alcohol like eau de vie, and while it’s around the 15% ABV mark, red vermouth has a mouthfeel much more like a smooth-drinking sherry or rum. Sweet, but not over-sweet, and bitter too, gently bouncing with aromatics.

We’ve got some in stock now, and we wanted to talk about it a bit more because we don’t think it gets enough love!

What is Vermouth?

Vermouth is a fortified wine first made in Italy but now popular in France and in Spain, where it’s especially loved in Madrid and Barcelona. 

Red vermouth, known sometimes as “Italian vermouth” is an absolutely vital ingredient in some of your favourite cocktails like the Manhattan and the Negroni, and every Martini has dry white vermouth – the “French” style — in it whether stirred or given a good old shake.

Traditionally vermouth is made with upwards of 50 aromatic botanicals, including cinnamon, clove, bitter orange, liquorice, rosemary, chamomile, bay leaf, hops and ginger, and some even have wormwood in!

Over the years, and especially recently, makers have taken what they love about vermouth and tweaked it in their own directions, losing flavours they don’t care for and adding aromatics that better represent their locality or pair better with their cuisine. It’s really cool to see these adaptations being made, bringing modernity and global palates to a drink that’s often seen as old-fashioned, or just simply unfashionable.

Spanish Vermouth? Isn’t it Italian?

We’re currently stocking red vermouth, because that’s what Katie drank last time she was in Barcelona. Even though it’s historically Italian, she can’t separate that deliciously bittersweet aperitif from memories of the Gothic Quarter, pulling an olive from a cocktail stick, and snacking on plates of croquetas.

So then, we’re selling an amazingly nostalgic vermouth by Barcelona-based Bandarra Vermut.

Nostalgic how? 

Bandarra Vermut Red is a vermouth that emulates vermouth from mid-century Barcelona, looking away from contemporary takes on the drink and back to a time when sweet vermouth wasn’t cool or uncool — it was just enjoyed everywhere by everyone.

We like that vibe. A lot.

How To Drink Vermouth

We’d never want to tell anyone how to drink anything, however if you’ve never tried vermouth before, it might help to have a few serving suggestions.

On Ice, With A Slice

Grab your favourite lowball glass — go on, get the crystal out — and chuck a couple of chunky ice cubes in there. Add a twist of orange peel, or a whole slice, or a lemon slice if you prefer. Throw a couple of olives in there too. Enjoy.

Vermouth Spritz

Bye bye Apérol spritz (not really, we love you), hello vermouth spritz. Just pop equal parts vermouth and soda water into a highball or wine glass with ice cubes in it, and chuck an orange wedge in there. Eat some olives while you drink it. Delicious.


Come on now, who doesn’t love a negroni? Last year we read they were both very cool, and very sad at the same time. Luckily, we don’t care. Pour equal parts gin, Campari and vermouth into a jug, with ice. Stir and stir and stir until the jug feels cold. Strain into a glass, add a fresh ice cube, and garnish with a slice of orange — blood orange if ya fancy. Invite us round to help you finish off the jug.