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Punt e mes

Antonio Benedetto Carpano (1751-1815) is considered the inventor of vermouth. He worked in a liqueur shop in Turin (Piedmont) in the Piazza Castello, near the Turin Stock Exchange. Here, in 1786, he created a new drink by mixing selected wines with an alcoholic extract of wormwood herb and other herbs. According to the custom of the time, this was filtered through a fine-meshed linen cloth. Carpano called the drink "Wormwood". His inspiration for the name came from a German wine flavoured with wormwood herb. So Carpano deserves the honour of having invented Vermouth (at least the Italian one), although at about the same time the Frenchman Joseph Noilly created a similar flavoured drink, which is famous today under the brand name Noilly Prat.

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