can sweet vermouth be substitute for dry white wine?

  • Posted by: jill
  • November 25, 2015


jill November 25, 2015
It's a braising recipe for the turkey, 1 c dry white wine, 4 c low sodium chicken broth (ATK) with vegs in the braising pan. Thank you!!!
Nancy November 25, 2015
So if you have no dry white wine or no access, here are some possible substitutes:
dry red wine
more chicken broth
dilute vinegar (about 1 oz plus 7 oz water)
apple cider (hard or not)
white grape juice
dilute citrus juice (maybe about 2 oz juice and 6 oz water to replace the cup of wine)
diluted pomegranate molasses (1 oz and 7 oz water)
...what you're looking for is liquid and some interesting slightly acidic taste. The sweet vermouth is possible but probably not the most harmonious taste to add.
702551 November 25, 2015
Just add another cup of chicken broth and forget about it.
AntoniaJames November 25, 2015
Nancy is right (as usual). Definitely don't use the sweet vermouth. I like the idea of diluted pomegranate molasses! I'd add some mustard to the sauce later in the game. And some finely chopped rosemary to the braising liquid now, if no other herbs are called for in the recipe. ;o)
702551 November 25, 2015
One thing the recipe author may be trying to do is to add some acidity. If that's the case (we don't know since you didn't mention the recipe), you might be able to substitute with lemon juice or a mild vinegar (apple cider? rice wine?) heavily diluted with water.

Again, it really depends on the recipe. Review the recipe carefully and try to figure out why the author is adding the dry white wine.
AntoniaJames November 25, 2015
What is the recipe in question? Some context would be helpful, not just in answering your question but also in providing useful alternatives.

Thank you so much. ;o)
Amanda S. November 25, 2015
In cooking, dry vermouth would actually be a better substitute than sweet—and since the alcohol content is slightly higher you might need to cook it off for a bit longer than called for in the recipe.

I'd use vegetable or chicken broth instead of sweet vermouth, just to be safe.
Nancy November 25, 2015
Probably not :(
There might be other solutions, depending on the food involved.
What recipe, what food has the dry white wine?
702551 November 25, 2015
It will definitely alter the recipe in question. The recipe author specifically calls for a non-sweet wine and with sweet vermouth, you are adding sugar as well as bitterness (that's a characteristic of vermouth).

In a way, it's like replacing ketchup with sriracha in a recipe.

Ultimately it depends on the recipe and how acceptable you are to deviating from the recipe author's original vision. Heck, your version might be better, but that's entirely your call.
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