There are three general styles of vermouth, in order from driest to sweetest: extra dry, bianco/white, and sweet/red.
Sweet red vermouth is drunk as an apéritif, often straight up, as well as in mixed drinks like the Manhattan.
Dry white vermouth, along with gin, is a key ingredient in the mixing of martinis.
Red vermouths are sometimes referred to as Italian vermouths and white vermouths as French vermouths, although not all Italian vermouths are red and not all French vermouths are white.

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