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"The Americano takes its name from its popularity with American tourists and expats but this is a thoroughly Italian cocktail.."

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Americano

The precursor to the Negroni and a stand out aperitif, (or aperitivo) the Americano is a light but complex mixture of bitter Campari, sweet vermouth and refreshing soda water.

Method

Take your glass – a wine glass or tall tumbler will do.

Using your jigger to measure, add Campari and sweet vermouth to the glass.

Fill the glass two thirds up with cubed ice.

Stir the ingredients using your bar spoon, and top with a generous splash of soda and more ice if needed.

Garnish with a slice of orange.

Serve and enjoy!

Equipment

Measure/Jigger
Bar Spoon
Cubed Ice

History

Originally called the ‘Milano Torino’ based on the Campari being from Milan and the sweet vermouth coming from Torino. Since then, the Americano has cemented its place in our cultural history – it is the first cocktail mentioned and ordered in James Bond in A View to a Kill. Bond mentions that it is only right to order a ‘cafe’ style cocktail when in a cafe. Many see the Americano as the father of the Negroni. It’s said to have been first served in Gaspare Campari’s bar in Milian. The name possibly finds its roots in the growing abundance of expatriated American drinkers in Italy during Prohibition and their preference for the drink.

The Americano was served throughout the 1800s until the invention of the Negroni by Count Negroni, and is the alleged precursor to the eponymous mixed drink.

The Americano was served throughout the 1800’s until the invention of the Negroni by Count Negroni. The name Americano comes from the fact it was a cocktail particularly loved by American expats.

Allergens
Containes sulphites.
Ingredients

25ml Campari

25ml Sweet Vermouth

Splash of Soda Water

Orange Slice to Garnish

Times:

Prep: 2 Minutes

Make: 30 Seconds

Total: 2 Minutes and 30 Seconds

Calories:

80 Calories

Servings:

Serves 1

Method

Take your glass – a wine glass or tall tumbler will do.

Using your jigger to measure, add Campari and sweet vermouth to the glass.

Fill the glass two thirds up with cubed ice.

Stir the ingredients using your bar spoon, and top with a generous splash of soda and more ice if needed.

Garnish with a slice of orange.

Serve and enjoy!

Equipment

Measure/Jigger
Bar Spoon
Cubed Ice

History

Originally called the ‘Milano Torino’ based on the Campari being from Milan and the sweet vermouth coming from Torino. Since then, the Americano has cemented its place in our cultural history – it is the first cocktail mentioned and ordered in James Bond in A View to a Kill. Bond mentions that it is only right to order a ‘cafe’ style cocktail when in a cafe. Many see the Americano as the father of the Negroni. It’s said to have been first served in Gaspare Campari’s bar in Milian. The name possibly finds its roots in the growing abundance of expatriated American drinkers in Italy during Prohibition and their preference for the drink.

The Americano was served throughout the 1800s until the invention of the Negroni by Count Negroni, and is the alleged precursor to the eponymous mixed drink.

The Americano was served throughout the 1800’s until the invention of the Negroni by Count Negroni. The name Americano comes from the fact it was a cocktail particularly loved by American expats.

Allergens
Containes sulphites.
Recommended

The Americano takes its name from its popularity with American tourists and expats but this is a thoroughly Italian cocktail.

The precursor to the Negroni and a stand out aperitif, (or aperitivo) the Americano is a light but complex mixture of bitter Campari, sweet vermouth and refreshing soda water. This would be a great option for those planning a summertime bar hire or anyone wanting to include some tasty low ABV options on their menu.

Aperitifs or aperitivos as they’re known in Italy, are drinks designed specifically to be drunk in the afternoon or early evening. Generally low alcohol cocktails featuring soda or sparkling wine, these cocktails are perfect as a light, fruity pre-dinner libation or great sippers to help while away a lazy afternoon. If you’re interested in featuring some other aperitivo type cocktails on your menu you may want to consider a classic Aperol Spritz; a hugely popular cocktail combining sweet Aperol, dry prosecco and soda, this drink is a great option to serve alongside the bitter Americano.

If you’re a fan of Italian cocktails then there’s no better partner for the Americano than its younger more potent brother, the Negroni; famously created when the Italian aristocrat Count Negroni requested the soda in his Americano be replaced with gin, this cocktail may only change one ingredient but it makes for a vastly different drinking experience. A Negroni is short and strong and would be a great accompaniment to the long and light Americano.

If you’re interested in featuring an Americano on your cocktail menu and want to know more about what drinks could work well with it be sure to speak to your event organiser about your options or check out some other liqueur based, aperitif and Italian style cocktails from our list.

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