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Americano recipe: a classic cocktail to rediscover

The Americano, often overshadowed by its stronger cousin, the Negroni, deserves its place in the spotlight.

This classic cocktail, with a touch of Italian elegance, harmoniously combines the bitterness of Campari with the sweetness of red vermouth, enhanced by a subtle effervescence.

Americano Cocktail

Compared to Negroni, Americano offers a lighter, less alcoholic alternative, while retaining a complexity of flavor that appeals to cocktail connoisseurs around the world.

A brief history of the Americano

Americano has its roots in 19th century Italy.

Originally known as Milano-Torino due to the origin of its two main ingredients, the cocktail was renamed Americano in tribute to its growing popularity among American tourists.

Ingredients and features

Campari, vermouth and two glasses of Americano

Americano is made with red vermouth for sweetness and aroma, and Campari for a bitter, colorful touch.

A touch of sparkling water is added to finish, adding lightness and effervescence.

The quality of these ingredients is crucial: a good vermouth and an authentic Campari will transform this simple cocktail into a rich, nuanced taste experience.

To prepare an Americano

  1. Fill an Old Fashioned glass with ice cubes.
  2. Pour in 30 ml Campari and 30 ml red vermouth.
  3. Add a little sparkling water and stir gently.
  4. Garnish with a slice of orange or lemon zest for a touch of citrus.

Our tips:

  • Serve Americano with a large ice cube to minimize dilution and preserve flavor integrity.
  • For a longer cocktail, add more sparkling water.
Americano Cocktail
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Cocktail Americano

Americano cocktail

Yield: 1 glass
Temps de préparation: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

A refreshing cocktail with a touch of Italian elegance, combining the bitterness of Campari with the sweetness of red vermouth, enhanced by a subtle effervescence.

Ingredients

  • 30 ml Campari
  • 30 ml red vermouth
  • Sparkling water (to taste)
  • Ice cubes
  • Orange or lemon zest

Instructions

  1. Fill an Old Fashioned glass with ice cubes.
  2. Pour in 30 ml Campari and 30 ml Red Vermouth.
  3. Add a little sparkling water* and stir gently.
  4. Garnish with a slice of orange or lemon zest.

Notes

* For a lighter version, add more sparkling water.

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