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Shall we have a vermouth?

Vermouth is that appetizer that serves as an excuse to get talking topics in family reunions. European heritage and a must in Santa Fe.


“Are you going to have a vermouth? “says my mom when it's still about half an hour before Sunday's ravioli are ready at noon. My old man brings the bottle of Gancia, a well filled icemer, a saucer with lemon slices and several delicious little things to chop. A beautiful Argentinian custom, deeply rooted in the Santa Fe families. Vermouth is a simple picadita that serves as an aperitif before family weekend lunches.

The tradition of taking a vermouth came to us Argentines by Spanish heritage. The origin of the word is vermouth, which Galicians directly call vermouth. But, unlike us, Spaniards use that word to refer to the drink, which is a kind of homemade white wine liqueur with herbs. That is, they also accompany it with a tapas, but the name alludes to the drink.

Here in Santa Fe, although it came to us from our European ancestors, we turn vermouth into one of the moments of Saturday or Sunday, in this order   : breakfast, vermouth, lunch, afternoon snack and dinner.   Thus, the aperitif can vary between a Gancia, a Cinzano, a Campari or a fernet. We don't have that tradition of making homemade drink. But the time we sit down at the table and have something with a drink, that doesn't have to be one especially. The picadita that makes it today varies quite depending on the possibilities and the desire to prepare it. It can take from vinaigrettes and rolls to a few simple packaged snacks. We left you a proposal of traditional vermouth, as my grandparents in Santa Fe took.

  Ingredients of the santafesino vermouth  

  • Food: Lupines, salamines (fine, coarse and sausage), red chorizo, creole cheese, green and black olives.
  • Drinks: Cinzano Vermouth, American Gancia, Fernet Branca, Bitter Worker, soda, lemon (not packaged, cut fruit)


Arrange the components of the minced in bowls or compoteras distributed on the table.

  • Accompany with bread baskets.
  • The cold cold is cut into slices. Cheese, cubed.
  • Place scarbadients.
  • To drink it each, according to their taste of proportion. Leave bottles, cooler, lemon and soda siphon within everyone's reach.

Publication Date: 16/05/2020

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By: Mercedes 18 May, 2020

Clásico de los domingos!! Tradición heredada de mis tíos abuelos sobre todo, cada vez que venían a Santa Fe preparar el vermú era exclusividad de ellos.... Qué ricos eran!!!

By: Julio De Martini 18 May, 2020

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Gracias por tus palabras Mercedes!

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