> > > > > > >

Punt e Mes

Punt e Mes is a red vermouth made from white wine fortified with alcohol, herbs and sugar. The taste is both sweet and bitter.

It is made by the Carpano company in Turin, Italy.

If you make a Manhattan with Punt e Mes instead of another regular red vermouth, the drink is called a "Top Shelf Manhattan", reputedly owing to the fact that Punt e Mes, being less called for, is kept on the top shelf at bars.

No Angostura bitters are needed when making a Manhattan with Punt e Mes.


Per 1 oz / 30 ml: 4.5g alcohol.
Nutrition Facts
Per 1 oz (30 ml)
2 mg
4 g

History Notes

Punt e Mes was created by Antonio Carpano in 1786 at his shop in Piazza Castello, Turin.

Language Notes

The name "Punt e Mes" means "point and a half" in the dialect used in Turin. It refers to "a shot of bitter, and a half shot of sweet", or in proper Italian, "un punto e mezzo."

Please share this information with your friends. They may love it.



French Vermouth; Italian Vermouth; Punt e Mes; Vermouth

You may also like:

Looking for home canning information?
Visit our satellite site dedicated to home canning, HealthyCanning.com for recipes and well-researched articles on all aspects of home canning.

Bon mots

"You can tell how long a couple has been married by whether they are on their first, second or third bottle of Tobasco."

-- Bruce Bye

Food Calendar

A calendar tracking what happens when in the world of food.
  • food day iconThanksgiving (US) (Today)
    American Thanksgiving falls on the fourth Thursday of November. Though many people who are weary of Turkey for Thanksgiving and Turkey for Christmas try to persuade their family to accept something else for Thanksgiving, it's very hard to change what people expect.

Myth of the Day

Basil Read more >