RED HOOK — Uncouth Vermouth, a Brooklyn-based liquor producer, is opening its first brick-and-mortar location in Red Hook with a tasting room and store this summer.
Bianca Miraglia, who makes the vermouth herself using seasonal and locally sourced ingredients, started the one-woman operation more than a year ago.
After working several jobs in the wine-making industry, Miraglia, 30, turned her attention to vermouth, a fortified wine that is usually flavored with botanicals, she said.
Since some drinkers don’t know that vermouth is a form of wine, it’s used infrequently or left out on the bar, said Miraglia. It should be kept in the fridge and even then, it’ll only last about a month.
While she started producing Uncouth Vermouth at the Red Hook Winery, she will be moving her manufacturing facility to 250 Van Brunt St., where she plans to open the store as well.
Using seasonal ingredients, Miraglia makes seven varieties of vermouth, like “apple-mint,” “beet-eucalyptus” and “butternut squash.”
Vermouth is commonly used in cocktails but Miraglia wanted to create a product that could be sipped with a splash of soda and bitters or as a simple apéritif.
“I want them to be delicious on their own,” she said.