Americano - Fancy a Drink


The Americano cocktail is made of Campari, vermouth and sparkling water. We used Club Soda in this version, but as always, feel free to experiment with mineral water, tonic or sparkling water. According to cocktail history the Americano is a descendent of the Milano-Torino which is a descendent of the Torino-Milano. Each of these is a slightly different blend of Campari, Amaro (or Milano) and vermouth. The Amaro and Milano were dropped to form the Americano. Perhaps the bitterness was dropped so the Americans could enjoy it?

The Americano is also the first drink ordered by James Bond in the first James Bond book, Casino Royale. Apparently Bond enjoyed his Americano with Perrier as expensive mineral water was a great way to fix up a shoddy cocktail. Hah!

The Americano cocktail is part of our Three Bottles series. Find more cocktail recipes that only require three ingredients here.

In any case, Salud!


Campari                         1 1/2 oz
Sweet Vermouth          1 1/2 ounces
Club Soda                      splash

  1. Pour Campari and Vermouth into a rocks glass.
  2. Fill with ice and stir.
  3. Add a splash of club soda.
  4. Garnish with a slice of lemon.

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