Vermouth is back in vogue and it’s looking infinitely more stylish. The charmingly chic La Quintinye Vermouth Royal, caught our eye immediately. A collection of three vermouths, Extra Dry, Blanc, and Rouge, La Quintinye recently launched at London’s lavish Café Royal. Named after King Louis XIV’s botanist at the Palace of Versailles, the bottles bear fanciful images of the famed kitchen gardens he created, and an overall French sophistication. The base is Pineau des Charentes, a fortified wine made from grape juice and Cognac which is then blended with a mix of botanicals. One of the most interesting of these botanicals is Artemisia absinthium (better known in the UK as wormwood) which is a traditional ingredient in vermouth- but one that causes problems when exporting into the US. Which might explain why these beauties haven’t reached us yet. Available only in Europe for the time being, keep your eyes open at the most stylish bars you frequent. You’ll know them when you see them. *swoon.