Head to any good liquor store, and you're likely to see a number of Italian-named bottles you may have never heard of. Today, we will demystify one of them for you. Meet Punt e Mes (pronounced poont-eh-mess).
The name translates to "point and a half" and, so the story goes, it's one part vermouth and half a part intensely herbal-bitter quina liqueur. Regardless of whether that's accurate, it describes the flavor nicely: It's got the body and the rich sweetness of a classic sweet vermouth but a more substantial bitter, herbal backbone.
You can swap it for vermouth in many drinks, but its fun bitter elements add a distinctive flavor to any cocktail. Give these three simple drinks a try and see if we can't convince you to keep a bottle on hand this spring.