Curiously enough, the Americano cocktail was also a favorite of James Bond (it’s the first drink he orders in Casino Royale), but it never came to be associated with the spy in the way that the Vesper and, of course, the Martini were. The Americano and its origins date back to Italy in the 1860s, when it was first called the Milano-Torino, a reference to its ingredients: Campari (from Milano) and Cinzano sweet vermouth (from Torino). The drink became wildly popular with visiting Americans, and so the drink was nicknamed the Americano. The moniker stuck, and the rest, as they say, is history. One with a bitter orange bite.–Greg Seider
LC All Right With Americano Note
Although we’re not crazy about the way many American tourists act while traveling abroad [Editor’s Note: Noooooo, David, we’re not talking about you!], we’ll drink to any cocktail as lovely as this, even if it is named for our fellow citizens. But enough about the cocktail’s title. Curious as to what it’s all about? It’s low in alcohol, slightly bitter, has a lilt of orange, and never fails to takes the edge off a long day. Cin cin!
Special Equipment: Collins glass (optional)
- Quick Glance
- 5 M
- 5 M
- Makes 1 cocktail
- 1 ounce Campari
- 1/2 ounce Antica Formula sweet vermouth (red vermouth with vanilla flavoring)
- 1/2 ounce Dolin sweet vermouth (white vermouth)
- Club soda
- Twist or strip orange peel, preferably organic, for garnish
- 1. Stash a Collins glass (a tall glass that typically holds 10 to 14 ounces) or a plain old pint glass in the freezer until frosty and chilled.
- 2. Stir the Campari and both vermouths into the chilled glass and add ice. Top with the club soda and stir again. Garnish the Americano with the orange peel.
- Delicate Americano
- Substitute Cocchi Americano or Montenegro amaro for the Campari for more delicate floral notes.
- Bitter Americano
- Substitute Cynar for the Campari for a more herbal and bitter taste.
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Americano Recipe © 2014 Greg Seider. Photo © 2014 Noah Fecks. All rights reserved.