Punt e Mes has been produced since 1870, originally by the Carpano family, who are better known for Antica Formula, the canonical high-quality sweet Italian vermouth. The name, point and a half in Italian, has a number of potential ‘true’ origin stories, ranging from a celebration of a rise in the stock market, to the drink originally being one measure of vermouth mixed with a half measure of china bitters (heavily flavoured with bitter quinine) at the Carpano family’s bar.
It has the body and the rich sweetness of a classic sweet vermouth but a more substantial bitter, herbal backbone. It can be swapped for vermouth in many drinks, but its fun bitter elements add a distinctive flavor to any cocktail.
Please consult our bartenders at the Cloakroom Bar for different suggestions of Punt e Mes based cocktails.