Carpano Antica Formula is the king of red vermouth. Vermouth, an "aromatized wine" that's flavored with a variety of botanicals such as wormwood, chamomile, orange peel, rose petals, calamus root, elderflowers and gentian. This unique style is very well received by cocktail fanciers. Carpano, founded in Turin, Italy, by Antonio Benedetto Carpano, is said to have issued the very first commercial brand of sweet vermouth in 1786, and the recipe for this new bottling is reportedly based on an "ancient formula." This is a forthright vermouth, but not overpoweringly so. It offers a very complex palate, and there's a hint of vanilla that's seldom found in other vermouth bottlings.