A light and refreshing cocktail, the Americano Cocktail is a combination of Campari, vermouth, and club soda and is said to have been given it’s name by its popularity with American tourists to Milan in the early 1900’s.
It’s unusually warm for February in Dallas and the beautiful days have me fiercely craving spring. They say in Texas that it’s not spring until the pecan trees begin to set their buds and ours are no where near appearing. I better hold off planting spring herbs and dusting off the grill but that doesn’t mean I can’t start drinking like it’s spring. My favorite cocktail to sip on in my big Adirondack chair with the sun beaming down is the Americano.
Most cocktails have a good story and the Americano’s begins in Italy. At the age of 14, Gaspare Campari began concocting drinks while working at a restaurant in Milan. There he found his love of mixology and went on to open his own bar. During this time he invented Campari – a drink inspired by a cordial he knew from Holland and it was then that the Americano was born. It was first named “Milano-Torino” because the origin of the two primary ingredients: Campari from Milan and Vermouth di Torino (Italian vermouth). Once American tourists got a taste around the turn of the 20th century, it became so popular it was renamed the “Americano.”
Americano Cocktail Recipe
My love for the Americano was born years ago in a little Italian restaurant in Oakcliff called Lucia. The moment we sat down we were greeted with a round of Americanos and dates stuffed with foie gras and I was in love. But really how does anyone recover from a spell like that. You could’ve served me a shoe or asked me to leave my husband I would have said yes or at least highly considered it.
The Americano is not only just an aperitif that’s perfect to begin a meal it’s a fabulous cocktail to have a few of because of it’s low alcohol content. To make an Americano, simply combine 11/2 ounces Campari and 1 1/2 ounces sweet vermouth over ice and top off with club soda. So very simple.
You might notice that I’m not using Campari in this photo. It’s true and I deserve a thousand slashes for not keeping it traditional! Internet trolls keep at bay. I didn’t have Campari at the time of this photo (these shots were taken spur-of-the-moment after a photoshoot and this was the celebratory drink) but I did have Luxardo Bitter which is the Luxardo version of Campari and in my opinion, just as good. To save a little face, I’m using an original Italian sweet vermouth, Alessio Vermouth Torino from Italy. It is by far superior to any vermouth I have ever had (trust that, I drink A LOT of sweet and dry vermouth).
A light and refreshing cocktail, the Americano is a combination of Campari, vermouth, and club soda and is perfect as an aperitif or siping on throughout a spring or summer day.
- 1 1/2 ounce Campari
- 1 1/2 ounce sweet vermouth
- Club Soda
- Orange twist for garnish
Fill a highball glass with ice. Add Campari and vermouth and top off with soda water.
Garnish with orange twist.
Use a lowball glass for a slightly stronger drink.