The philhellian king Otto decided to make Athens the capital of Greece, with the aim of giving back to this city of more than 2,000 years and 8,000 inhabitants its glory of yesteryear. In the shadow of the Acropolis, in the cobbled streets of the old city Plaka, the king Otto installs the foundations of the new Athens. It was then that Ioannis Vouher created the first Greek vermouth on the occasion of an appointment with King Otto, honoring an ancient Greek tradition and celebrating a new era. Made using wine from the Attica region infused with Greek herbs, rose petals and citrus fruit, for a true Greek flavor.
Athens takes on the appearance of a cosmopolitan European metropolis. Omonoia Square with its large fountain and flamboyant neon signs becomes the hallmark of nightlife. Modern apartments are appearing in Kolonaki and around the national garden. Quinta, Argentina, Fantasia, are the places where the spoiled children of Athens spend their nights until the first light of day. Local celebrities mingle with the international jet set that lands in Greece thanks to the legendary Olympic Airways company with silverware and piano concerts on board. Marlon Brando, Sophia Loren, Elisabeth Taylor, Jean Paul Belmondo, Omar Sharif, Anthony Quinn and Alain Delon discover the nights and days of Athens before sailing to the magic islands of Hydra, Mykonos, Rhodes, Delos and Santorini. The Vermouth is naturally drunk in a large glass, with ice and soda. The best distillers like Andreas Metaxas recommend their own version of vermouth - some with sweet wine, others with aromas more or less intense.
Today, Athens is the favorite destination of a certain creative and artistic population called "neo-bohemian". The center offers boutique-hotels, trendy bars, underground speakeasy, sophisticated bars and nightlife never seems to stop. The creativity of the new bartenders, the demand for authentic drinks with a strong past and identity, and the revival of cocktails from the Prohibition era put the traditional Athens Vermouth back on the map.