Punt e Mes

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Punt e Mes is an Italian vermouth. It is dark brown in color and has a bitter flavor. Punt e Mes literally means "point and a half" in Piedmontese. It has been said that it owes its name to a sudden raise of the stock market (naturally, of a point and a half) which greatly benefitted the Carpano distilleries, which then created the vermouth brand to commemorate the occasion.[citation needed] Alternatively it may refer to the flavor being characterized as one ”point” of sweetness and half a point of bitterness.[1]

It can be used as a substitute for regular rosso vermouth in such drinks as the Americano, Manhattan and Negroni. Punt e Mes has a strong, distinctive flavor, half-way between regular rosso vermouth and Campari. Punt e Mes was made by the Carpano family from Turin until 2001, when Distillerie Fratelli Branca of Milan bought it.[2]


  1. ^ puntemes.com
  2. ^ Ciappi, Andrea (May 2005). "Not Just Fernet". Chianti Classico Magazine. Archived from the original on 2007-08-27. Retrieved 2007-09-18. 

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